SEMA - The Gateway to Oneness in Sufism

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WHAT IS THE LEGACY OF MEVLANA CELAEDDIN RUMI?

The Whirling Dervishes
The "dance" of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema.
Sema is a part of the inspiration of Mevlana as well as part of the Turkish custom, history, beliefs & culture.
Sema represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind & love to "Perfect."

Turning towards the truth, his growth through love, desert his ego, find the truth & arrive to the "Perfect," then he return from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity & a greater perfection, so as to love & to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of believes, races, classes & nations.

Sema is part of the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207- 1273) as well as of Turkish custom, history, beliefs & culture. From a scientific viewpoint we witness that contemporary science definitely confirms that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve & the shared similarity among beings is the revolution of the electrons, protons and neutrons in the atoms, which constitute the structure of each of them.

As a consequence of this similarity, everything revolves & man carries on his live, his very existence by means of the revolution in the atoms, structural stones of his body, by the revolution of his blood, by his coming from the earth & return to it, by his revolving with earth itself. However, all of these are natural, unconscious revolutions. But man is the possessor of a mind & intelligence which distinguishes him from & makes him superior to other beings. Thus the "whirling dervish" or Semazen causes the mind to participate in the shared similarity & revolution of all other beings…

Otherwise, the Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind & love to "Perfect." Turning towards the truth, his growth through love, desert his ego, find the truth & arrive to the "Perfect," then he return from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love & to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of believes, races, classes & nations.

Sema consists of seven parts.

The first part: The dervish with his headdress (his ego's tombstone), his white skirt (his ego's shroud) is by removing his black cloak spiritually born to the truth, he journeys & advances there.

At the onset & each stop of the Sema, holding his arms crosswise he represent the number one, & testifies to God's unity. While whirling his arms are open, his right hand directed to the skies ready to receive God's beneficence, looking to his left hand turned toward the earth, he turn from right to left around the heart. This is his way of conveying God's spiritual gift to the people upon whom he looks with the eyes of God.



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Thank you!!!

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bonya basu | Sun, 02/20/2011 - 07:07