Star Date: May 2016
Hello Dear Family & Friends!
“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing
(Mevlana jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century)
Jealousy once again reared it's ugly green head and one night in 1247 Shams disappeared, without a trace, forever. Rumi was heartbroken. In this land of intrigue, the truth of what really happened was unknown for centuries. It was proven in the 20th century that Shams was in fact murdered, and quickly buried next to a well in Konya; not without the knowledge of Rumi's sons.
Suddenly separated from his teacher and dear friend, Rumi was devastated. From the depths of despair Rumi once again connected to the sunshine of his internal source, but now without the guidance of his friend and master, Shams. His students wrote the melodic words down as he walked. Over 800 years later, the wisdom of the Sufi mystic, Rumi, is being discovered in the west. In fact, Rumi is the best selling poet in America! Rumi is the true poet of the heart.
pilgrim visited a Sufi saint.
Rumi went on to compose over 30,000 lyrics of the heart; all of them filled with Love from inside his heart, shining radiant like the moon. The poetry indeed accomplishes the goal to force us out of our minds and into our hearts. Composed in a state of ecstasy, the poetry remained down to earth, often relating and describing this love apparent to all in Nature or simple everyday tasks such as the 'singing' of the tap, tap, tap of the goldsmith in the market. The whole world, to Rumi, was making a joyful noise or song unto the Lord. Rumi used to go with his disciples into Nature, often composing verses he heard vibrating or singing from the birds, trees, flowers around him. He was inspired by the music of flutes and drums and often would whirl and recite in a form of ecstasy.
Rumi always remained a respected member of Konya society, and his company was sought by the leading officials as well as by Christian monks. His burial procession was attended by a vast crowd of people of many faiths and nationalities. His mausoleum, the Green Dome, is today a museum in Konya; it is still a place of pilgrimage, primarily for Turkish Muslims.
"Respond to every call that excites your spirit" - (Rumi)
Responding to a call we headed towards Konya, birthplace and school of beloved Sufi master, Rumi. Also known as Mevlânâ, Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. A fascinating complex, the mosque, school and museum echo the rich history of Rumi. We met a young man during our search for a hotel near the Mevlana museum. We spent most of the day and evening with him. A polite young man, he was fascinated to be in our company practicing his English and we benefitted from his knowledge of the back alleys of Konya.
A rare treat is the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. Visiting on the day when it was being performed was not a coincidence - just the way our lives and travels open up. This ceremony, performed in the newly built cultural center, represents "the mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through the mind and love to perfection." It takes you on a spiritual journey of dervishes whirling for Divine Love. This 800 year old tradition is stunning and inspiring, performed for Allah or God, not the audience. All of life is in constant motion. We are all constantly spinning or whirling. As beings living on a planet rotating, spinning, whirling through the galaxy, we are always in motion. The Sufi Whirling Dervishes believe that if we join in this force of life we become one with God. Joining in whirling meditation, taught by our new 84 year old friend in Osho's Ashram in India, I experienced Rumi's sweet ecstasy of connecting to our internal source, the One, God, Love, Infinite Consciousness. Lost in this Oneness, I was able to whirl for 20-30 minutes. Ecstacy! I long for this connection throughout the day, not just in my morning meditation. It was interesting to note that time disappeared when in the timeless blur of whirling, but as soon as one goes back into the thoughts of the mind you simply fall down, crashing back into the 'real world' of human existence.
are an ancient mystical, spiritual order of Islam. According to many Sufi's,
the essential truths of Sufism exist in all religions.
"Wonderful, sublime truths that pierce directly into the very
hearts of everyone." The Sufi's would mingle with people of
all religions and beliefs, sharing their joy; drawing
people into the depths of the human well. Timeless wisdom.
And so it goes.........................................Next the western coast of Turkey, completing our circuit back to Istanbul. Until then let's remember to meet everyone in the field beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing. Too much time is wasted with ego and pointing out others faults. Focus on the good in others, remembering we are all one! Take care, Keep smiling and thanks for keeping in touch!
Love, Light & Laughter,
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.
(Mevlana jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century)
1 US Dollar equals 2.84 Turkish Lira
Free performance of Whirling Dervishes- Sat 7pm at the large impressive Cultural Center Arrive by 6:30 One mile lovely stroll from the Mevlana.
"I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there;
I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere…
I searched on the mountains and in the valleys
but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him.
I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca, but He was not there either…
I questioned the scholars and philosophers but He was beyond their understanding…
Then I looked into my heart and it was there
where He dwelled that I saw Him,
He was nowhere else to be found…" (Rumi)