Sufi Whirling an Ancient Art of Active Meditation
Turn as the earth and the moon turn, circling that which they love. ~ Rumi
Beginning Sufi whirling lesson, $35
Saturday, March 25, 2017. 3-4 PM
Everyone is welcome; although etymology surrounding the practice is in Arabic, this (like yoga) is for purposes of the teaching and is non-denominational. Please wear socks, and comfortable pants.
Please Register at the Counter or call 443-433-0462.
What is Sufi Whirling?
Whirling is a sacred meditation and prayer practice, not a dance. Sufi whirling (or Sufi turning) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and other orders such as the Rifa’i-Marufi. It is a customary meditation practice performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens, from Persian سماعزن) 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. (sited from wikipedia)
About the Instructor
Bedi’a has been whirling for 10 years and is authorized by Sherif Baba of the Rifa’i-Marufi Sufi Order to teach whirling. (www.sherifbaba.com)