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Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes

Whirling dervishes

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire
Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, and come yet again.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.

-Mevlana Rumi

We had the opportunity to visit Konya, the adopted home of Rumi, the Sufi mystic poet. Rumi was known for his use of dance and song to reach spiritual enlightenment. His ideas and poems were rooted in love, captured in his most famous work, Masnavi written in the late 1200’s.

After his death, the Mevlevi order of dervishes was founded and they continue to this day to use dance (or whirling) to bring themselves closer to God.

The idea of a tolerant religion based on love was refreshing. We can’t help but think that we could all learn a lot from the Sufis.

Mevlana MuseumMuslim pilgrimage

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