A Spiritual Journey
More than 700 years ago, after the death of Mawlana
Mohammed Jalalud-din, his Son, Sultan Valad founded the Mevlana Sect
to spread the philosophical ideas of his father. In a mystic sense
the ceremony of Mevlana symbolizes the Divine Love and passion, the
spiritual maturity and the path of unification with the Divine Truth.
All of `small or big things` are part of the creation: atoms and their
elements, the solar system and their components or even the blood
in our body. With a level of awareness and intelligence, and a soul
which distinguishes humans from all other creatures, man alone can
consciously take part in this experience and thus approach Divine
Love and Unity. The Sema is a spiritual journey of love towards Divine
Truth in which the soul reaches maturity and union with God and then
returns to this life to love and be of service to mankind.
The Mawlana ceremony at Sirkeci train station, (famous Orient Express train station) were suspended and it is being held at the Hodjapashain Cultural Center which building was a Turkish bath. It starts at 19:30 o'clock and there are ceremonies every day of the week except Tuesday and Thursday. The ceremony takes one hour.
The ceremony begins with readings from the Koran. There is
a ceremonial entry of the Dervishes and Sheik into the mosque.
Then the Dervishes remove their black outer coat revealing their
white clothing. This symbolizes getting rid of everything that
connects them to the material world. One by one with their arms
folded around their chest they approach the sheik, bow, kiss
his hand and begin pirouetting.
The music is played ecstatically and the Dervishes
pirouette for about 10 minutes. This sequence repeats four times.
While they pirouette, one hand is pointed at the sky and the other
to the earth symbolizing the blessings of heaven given to earth.
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