01 - Day 1, Monday, Talk 1 — Welcome by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

01 - Day 1, Monday, Talk 1 — Welcome by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

In this opening address to attendees of a UK retreat held in 2011, Shaykh Fadhlalla entices the audience with his spiritually inspired poetry whilst drawing attention, in a most beautiful fashion, to three major issues which will repeat again and again throughout the three days of retreat.

The first of these is to do with recognizing and yielding to the patterns designs directions and ways of nature.

The second relates to the relentless force in life that ultimately drives us towards seeking higher consciousness – the upward rise in consciousness towards supreme consciousness.

The third issue is to do with how all of these diverse aspects of nature, the different entities and realities and cycles and manifestations including the relentless force along the arc of consciousness are all encapsulated in absolute oneness.

Shaykh Fadhlalla reminds the listeners that despite the use of landmarks such as the 'three issues' that in truth they are all aspects of the same story – the same universal truth.

Additionally he adds that to truly benefit and see things as they really are one has to transcend ‘looking through the lens’ of one’s past biographical experiences or particular culture or even religious coloring.