“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi

Although it originated from the Islamic culture thousands of years ago, Sufism rises above the boundaries of religion and narrow sectarian concerns. It’s an inclusive concept devoted to the spirit of universal harmony, one that is non-dogmatic, flexible and non-violent. Sufism aspires towards the awakening of spiritual intuition, the purification of the self and the turning away of the heart from all else but God, thus ceaselessly seeking a union with the divine- in the here and now. Though all followers of Islam (and indeed many other religions) believe themselves to be striving towards God in order to be close to him after death, Sufis also hold that it is possible to embrace the Divine Presence in this life. This is done by quelling the self, cleansing the heart and overcoming vices such as pride, arrogance and envy while always seeking to rejoin the spirit to divinity.

Sufism finds expression in poetry, music and dance, all of which will be in abundance at the World Sacred Spirit Festival to be held in Rajasthan in February 2015. The festival takes place at the breathtaking forts of Nagaur and Jodhpur. Travel with us to the festival, immerse yourself in the Sufi experience and see some of Rajasthan’s extraordinary beauty. Tickets are on sale and are going fast… click here to see the tour.