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Whirling Dervish Festival

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My Turkish scholar/guide says, “Life is just one big dance…that’s why people in the west often say they feel like a whirling dervish, although they don’t often say that with a positive connotation.” Everything in life turns: protons and electrons, the earth and the moon, the weather and our emotions. When we try to stop turning we get dizzy. We try to take power away from the natural turning of events and feel powerless. Whirling is a way to stay centered and in tune with the moving earth.
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Konya, Turkey
Spiritual and sensual, ascetic and ecstatic, Rumi’s poetry has provided me an island of tranquility since my college years. Two of his quatrains, in particular, had a profound influence on my development as a young adult: For years, copying other...
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Konya, Turkey
Rumi was born in Afghanistan, spent time in Persia (Iran), then settled in Konya, Turkey when his father was invited there to be a scholar. Rumi became an Islamic scholar himself teaching peace, love, and tolerance. He built quite a following of...
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Aziziye Mahallesi, Cengaver Sk. No:12, 42325 Karatay/Konya, Turkey
Konya is a “dry” town and Turkey’s most religious city. While back in Rumi’s day (and in his poetry), one could be a devout Muslim and still drink alcohol, that’s not the case in many parts of the Islamic world today (although most Konya hotels do...
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Konya, Turkey
As much as I enjoyed the spectacle and Rumi-obsessed Whirling Dervish festival in Konya, going to a Dervish ceremony in a yellow-colored caravansary, Saruhan (www.Sarihan1249.com -- that's not a typo) in the desert just 15 minutes from my...