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‘Chilla’ in Arabic and Persian means ‘forty’, referring to the duration days of the classic retreat in the Sufi tradition. Another widely used term is khalwat‘Khane’ means room.

“Why the retreat, one of the most powerful advanced practices of our Way, is so difficult to accomplish? Because when we find ourselves isolated in a room, alone, for forty days with no distractions, no books, no newspapers, no TV, and little food, we are forced to look within ourselves.
And what do we see? The nothingness.
Addressing that nothingness scares us, it’s a little bit like dying.
But this is our reality.
We are like dust, stars’ dust.”
Burhanuddin Herrmann, “SUFISM”, new edition, 2015, Armenia.

Here’s the new project for Casa Rabbani: to restore the three rooms in the annex to the existing dergah, and make them livable for hosting each year, in different periods, three students in rotation, under the direct instructions of Sheikh Burhanuddin, to complete this important practice of the dervish path. It’s also planned the construction of additional facilities behind the building.

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