The Sufi Mystical Dance
from “The Tantric Dancer” by Maya Swati Devi
Completely captured by the mystical dance and the poems of Lalla, I immersed myself in the study of Sūfī dances. During one of my trips to Rajasthan, I was lucky enough to meet Mustaq Khan, one of the most popular Muslim musicians, and he accompanied me in Rajasthan during my dance performances. Through his remarkable artistic and spiritual knowledge, I was able to meet Dargah Sharif and one of Nawab Khadim Shah Sahib’s spiritual descendants, Hasan Sharib, also successor to Sufi Gudri Shahi.
Tenacity and my passion helped me access some teachings which are often not accessible to women. Being a Western woman and a spiritual researcher helped in this. Mustaqji accompanied me to Hasan Sharib’s school and I was received with great respect. The Sūfīs are mystics, and concerned to keep their teachings secret.