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Religion & Culture
Marybeth White

RE103 March.14/13 Lecture The Sufi Tradition, Union, Ecstasy and Rumi’s Whirling Dervishes  Yunis Emre- Looked at oppression and said that divine love embraces all  One of the quotes from Emre (in last note) will be on exam.  Loving in spite of being forsaken, unconditional love.  Lover is not satisfied until having the beloved (seen as source and essence who seeks the source, the union). The fulfillment of divine love.  Poem 66- Dervish, the understanding of ecstasy and is similar to Eros  Poem 381- Love of Allah, “All he needs”. He needs conversion with the divine and is out of pure love.  Ecstasy comes out of whirling motion which is hoped for the union of experience Mevlevi Tariq- community of sufis  Rumi (1207-1273)- founded community of Sufis  Jelal Al-Din Rumi (full name) – Lived in Afghanistan in the past – Then moved to Konya, present day Turkey – Followers founded Mevlevi order- through this we get whirling dervishes – Whirling Dervishes- is now seen as a tourist attraction and is illegal (secular)  When Sufis die they are considered saints, many people go to pay homage to Rumi at his burial site.  (STAGES) You need to care for the sick and caring for others (you start), then you work at serving food for others in the kitchen (service), you learn not to say “mine” and that they are here for use, then you begin to study Rumi’s teachings and then you become a whirling dervish. Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam (the clip watched) – 2008- made in this year – Carl Simons- directed and made it  Konya, Turkey- Rumi’s shrine is located here  Rumi means my lord and is considered a saint  People of many faiths can praise him because he does not have as much difference  Whirling ritual of dervishes- is a prayer and to join in universal prayer, everything is whirling in the world and is turning  The sama- comes from classical tradition (a ceremony) and they were composed in 18 and 19 th century, music is a vital part to Rumi’s philosophy (most famous is the naye- wonderful symbol of man’s separation from God and is seen as spirit+ lif
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