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The Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Association, as an extension of the Universal Lovers of Mevlana Foundation, presented a special Sufi music concert and Sema Ceremony on 21 January, 2001. In cooperation with the Needy Children Aid Society, the ceremony and concert were presented at the Galata Mevlevi Temple in Istanbul, with all proceeds going to support needy children. In keeping with the enlightened philosophy of the Exalted Mevlana, the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana continue to support and cooperate with those offering service to society and trying to help those with limited resources. Before the concert an explanation was given of the urgencey of such activities to sustain the work of the Needy Children, Aid Society; and the officer of the society thanked the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Association for its humanitarian assistance.


PostHeaderIcon SEB-I ARUS

Seb-i Arus. The Wedding Night. The Night of Reunion. Every year the 17th of December is celebrated as the night of Mevlana's reunion with his Beloved, with the Divine. During his last hours his wife pleaded with him to not leave, to ask God to let him stay here a little longer. Mevlana's reply was thus: Am I a thief ? Have I stolen someone's goods? Is this why you would confine me here and keep me from being rejoined with my Love? So we see his opinion of death. It is the time of release from this cage of the body; the time when the bird of the soul flies free. But it is thus for the soul which has realized the Divine within and has become purified of all earthly desires. For those on the path of Mevlana , Seb-i Arus is a celebration, like a festival of the beauties being offered every moment to the Lovers of God.     This year we offered Sufi music concerts and the Sema Ceremony both at our regular venue, The Galata Mevlevi Temple, and also at a gathering of The Ehli Beyt Association, whose members try to live their belief through dedication to the five people of the Holy Family - The Prophet Mohammed; his daughter, the Lady Fatma; his companion and son-in-law, the Lion of God, Ali; his grandsons, the High Priest Hasan and High Priest Huseyin, may the Peace of God be upon them.     Those who live this celebration every year and also those experiencing it for the first time, were given at least a taste of the beauties and wonders of loving God, of wanting to be with God eternally.



Inresponse to the great interest in our patron saint Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi, on 8 December, 2000, members of our choir and semazens (whirling dervishes) visited Latieci, Pardonone, and Modena, Italy to present sufi music concerts along with the Sema(whirling) Ceremony. In each place the audience was first exposed to th joyful , exuberant hymns expressing the love and beauty of lovers of the Divine. After that they experienced the grandeur and refinement of the Sema Ceremony. Men and women whirling in graceful accompaniment to our traditionally-based, newly-composed ceremonial music, their colorful robes flowing around them- surely a rose garden of Mevlana. To live always in such a rose garden, to experience beauty, to live a love of a human that produces such satisfacition and calm... These are the way of The Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana.



Thirty-one members of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana were in Greece from 19 to 25 August , 2000 , where they presented the Sufi Music concert and Sema Ceremony five times. The first stop was Komotini; there are an audience of 2500 was enthralled by the music and Sema. The program was highlighted on the evening news, and the following program in Larisa drew even a larger crowd. The Greek people were very warm and accepting of us, and they were also charmed by the love and affection they saw in our members.     After that we presented the concert and ceremony two evenings in another open air theatre in Thessalonika , and a third evening as part of the municipality's Balkan Festival. The respect and enthusiasm of the audience was striking i and afterwards, instead of immediately leaving the theatre many people gathered around our Honorary President Hasan Çıkar. They asked about the ceremony, about our patron saint Mevlana, and about this path of Love.     Again it was apparent that people are in search of something that will foster love and peace and brotherhood in their lives. In this ceremony and these words and this path they saw a living way of unity , love and beauty.


PostHeaderIcon Greece : Komotini, Larisa and Thesallonika

We did a tour for Perkoulidis Management. The main idea was The Brotherhood.    - Komotini

18-19th  August 2000    - Larisa

20th  August 2000    - Thesallonika   21-22-23-24th August 2000

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