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Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by runstrails » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:09 pm

I recently had the good fortune to watch a whirling dervish ceremony while in visiting central Turkey. It was one of the most transcendental experiences I have had. The dervishes 'whirl' to achieve a transcendent state. Rumi one of the main figures in Sufism started this mystical ceremony in the 13th century and it continues today. He was also poet who wrote beautifully about 'oneness'. Here is an example:

Truly it is the water,
that which pours,
and the one who drinks.
All three become one when
your talisman is shattered.
That oneness you can’t know
by reasoning ~ Rumi

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Re: Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by rachMiel » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:56 pm

Cool. :-)

Did you try it, runstrails? (I did once ... and almost passed out. ;-) )
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily ...

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Re: Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by runstrails » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:01 am

That's funny!
Actually, I read that it takes the dervishes one full year to learn how to whirl--so I'm not in any hurry to try it. It amazes me that they don't get dizzy after whirling for an entire hour.

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Re: Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by Natalie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:40 am

Wow trails. What an amazing experience!!!!!

Here is another wonderful poem by Rumi. This one is about welcoming the 'good and the bad' nonjudgementaly. Definetly up Tolle's alley.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~

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Re: Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by far_eastofwest » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:46 am

cool poem natalie, its probably my favourite one from rumi...
if everyone went by this attitude there would be a huge drop in sales of anti depressants i think....
accepting that the bad comes, the good comes.... its all part of life and being, so what if you wake up in the morning feeling miserable, that is life, with acceptance these visitiors don't stay long i've found.
its kinda inhuman to have an expectation that life should be joyous all the time, whenever there is a 'what should be' thought, it leads to angst, because what is, just is, regardless of what is believed 'should' be.
There is nothing harder to find than a black cat in a dark room
Especially when there is no cat....

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Re: Rumi and Whirling Dervishes

Post by rideforever » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:27 am

I whirled once at an Osho centre ... they call it Nataraj Meditation I think.

It was really good and if you speed up and slow down slowly then you don't get nausea. It is quite magic actually - very unusual.
I was proud, and I demanded the finest teacher
.. .. and when he appeared
.. .. .. .. I was so small

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