Alan became a mürid
(aspirant) of Sheikh Resuhi Baykara in 1977 and was initiated into the Mevlevi order in 1978. After the Sheikh's death in 1989, Alan spent over 20 years as a disciple of Swami Satyananda in India, seeing clear links between the philosophy behind the Mevlevi practices he had been initiated into and Advaita (non-dualist) Vedanta philosophy, and the importance of connecting to a living source of knowledge from an oral tradition. He was initiated as a Krishna Bhakta (devotee) in 1991. He continues to hold weekly semas
in West Sutton, England, to which those who are serious may be invited.
Alan can be contacted via The LifeLore Institute or the Saraswati Societywww.saraswati-society.org.uk
While the following books will prove useful to those wishing to read about the tradition, there is no substitute for experiencing its effects in person.
Danielou, A, Music and the Power of Sound: The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness
, Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 1995.
Godwin, Joscelyn, Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde
, London: Thames and Hudson, 1987.
Godwin, Joscelyn, The Harmony of the Spheres: A Sourcebook of the Pythagorean Tradition in Music, 1993.
Helmholtz, Hermann Van (Author), Ellis, Alexander John (Trans.), On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music
, London: Longmans, Green, 1875.
Huxley, Aldous, The Perennial Philosophy
, London: Harper, 1945.
Uždavinys, Algis, The Golden Chain,
Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.
Wenham-Prosser, Alan, The Music of Rumi
, Sutton, Surrey UK: Saraswati Society, 2012.Back to top of page