Sufi whirling is a physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kemal. This is sought through abandoning one's nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one's body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. As explained by Sufis.
In the symbolism of the Sema ritual, the semazen's camel's hair hat (sikke) represents the tombstone of the ego; his wide, white skirt represents the ego's shroud. By removing his black cloak, he is spiritually reborn to the truth. At the beginning of the Sema, by holding his arms crosswise, the semazen appears to represent the number one, thus testifying to God's unity. While whirling, his arms are open: his right arm is directed to the sky, ready to receive God's beneficence; his left hand, upon which his eyes are fastened, is turned toward the earth. The semazen conveys God's spiritual gift to those who are witnessing the Sema. Revolving from right to left around the heart, the semazen embraces all humanity with love. The human being has been created with love in order to love. Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi says, "All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!"
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batalay (35129) 2013-10-02 12:42
Merhaba Hakan Bey,
Harika bir fotograf. Kompozisyon, renkler, detay -- her bakimdan muhtesem.
Selam ve saygilarimla,
gojo (1769) 2013-10-03 1:26
This is art!! Absolutely great. I have seen the Sufis performing, spinning, endlessly. Amazing.
- Copyright: Hakan Aydin (Hakkan) (2717)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-14
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: nikon D 7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IF ED AFS VR
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-02 11:18