Like a fish is to water, I think mid term breaks are one of the most essential part of a semester in college life. So as you have guessed it, my mid term break, or how it is called “Spring break” (although it’s more appropriate to identify the climate to be winter) has just started and I initiated it with a spiritual discourse in downtown Rochester.
The spiritual discourse was on Sufism. It was to my surprise that I discovered there is a Sufi order in Rochester (I mean, Rochester is such a secluded city and I could never imagine Sufism, a remote idea from the middle eastern world, to exist in such an unpredictable place). And to a bigger surprise, Sufism existed in the western world since 25 years. It was brought in this region by the Sufi, Hazrat Inayat Khan. This Sufi order organizes a poetry recitation every third Friday of the month and it is called “Rumi Cafe”.
So I went to the event and it started with a poem by Rumi called “Spring Giddiness”. The rest of the poems were by Hafiz, a classic poet in the Sufi literature. There was also a meditation session after the first poem and personally, I thought it wasn’t part of what Sufism preaches and was quite “westernized”. And so anyway, my curiosity was to the poetry and I will quote some interesting lines from Hafiz that caught my attention.
I have fallen in love with Someone
Who hides inside you.
We should talk about this problem -
Otherwise, I may never leave you alone.
- We should talk about it by Hafiz
If I appear on your doorstep, don’t be surprised,
like me, many strangers and exiles seek your land.
- Strangers by Hafiz
After a nice chat with a lady there, asking about my burning question of how that Sufi order came to be in Rochester, I set my foot outside to the Little cafe to have my dinner (ate this new dish called Quiche, liked it much!) while listening to live Jazz by Annie Wells. And that is how I concluded a great half semester! Tomorrow, I am going to wake up late and work on some stuff. Hopefully, the highlight of the coming week would be a cinematic bus ride from downtown Rochester to the Ontario Beach. Hope it would be a warmer weather.
Below are some pictures from today and last week: