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Whirling (sama) means listening to music, moving with the excitement induced by the music, and entering into ecstasy and whirling. According to Sufis, whirling has different effects on peoples' spirits. It enhances one's love of God and produces many spiritual states. These spiritual states clean the vices in the heart and finally open the eye of the heart. In a way, whirling is an expression of the love and excitement a lover of God feels for God in the form of turning. Thus whirling saves the dervish from himself, his existence, and makes him spiritually closer to God. It is as if the chick in the egg of the ego is trying to hatch out of the eggshell; the spiritual bird imprisoned in the cage of the body is striking wings to rise to the heavens, and the Divine Entrustment that is stuck in the mud is attempting to emerge from the mire. Whirling is to find God in one's heart through the influence of the music and to turn like a moth in this excite­ment. This whirling is not the mere turning of the body. This whirling is turning with the heart, spirit, love, faith, and with all one's physical and spiritual existence

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