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From 18 to 23 July , 2000, 26 members of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana were in San Marino , Naples and Rome. There we have presented the Sufi Music concert and Sema Ceremony. The first stop was San Marino where the program was enthusiasticaly accepted by an audience of 1250 . The hymns and ceremonial music were composed by our Honorary President , Hasan Çıkar , and various members of the choir; they are a lively expression of the love of God in the words and thoughts of today.     The group then travelled to Naples where the concert and ceremony were viewed by over 1500 people in the Open Air Theatre. The Italian press interviewed Hasan Çıkar and were greatly interested in our path which includes such beauties as the music and sema.     After that we went to Rome and again the audience was over 2000. The concert and Sema Ceremony certainly touched the Italian people , and the choir and semazens were very pleased for the opportunity to share the beauties of this path of Mevlana with such a receptive audience.     It is obvious that people are hungry for something deeper and more beautiful than what they are being given in traditional religious teachings. As our patron saint Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi said, '' The difference between religions is merely their form of worship; they all lead to the same goal.'' The root of all of these is love , Divine Love. Since Mevlana was the master of love, his path is the straightest, shortest way to the Divine , without busying one with countless rules and hierarchies and detailsNorth Italy Tour. It took 5 days.


PostHeaderIcon International Büyükçekmece Festival

We joined The International Büyükçekmece Festival in 7th July 2000 ,Festival of Kuşadası in 31th June 2000 and Çanakkale Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi in 21th June 2000



On Sunday, June 18 , 2000 , at 5:00 in the afternoon The Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana will offer the first Sufi Music Concert and Sema ceremony in the Galata Mevlevi Temple since last December.     The building was closed for use because of concern there might be damage from the earthquakes that occured last year. After careful inspection the building was found to need some minor repairs and while handling these , our Preservers of tha Galata Mevlevi Temple Association also provided funds for a long-needed painting and refurbishing of the main building and some of the grounds.     After this we will resume our regular schedule of Sufi Music Concert and Sema Ceremony on the second and last Sunday of each month. From May to October the program begins at 5:00 p.m. From November to April it begins at 3:00 p.m. The concert and ceremony together last almost two hours     After the Grand Re-opening Concert and Ceremony on June 18, the next concert and ceremony will be the last Sunday of June , the 25th     For more information : English speaking contact :     Turkiye-Istanbul  :   + 90 (212) 261-3092 or + 90 (212) 255-5618


PostHeaderIcon Sema ceremony in Sultan Ahmet Mosque

We have presented a Sema ceremony in Sultan Ahmet Mosque for 400 Spanish Visitors (supporting by-RETUR)in 17th  June 2000. The visitors enjoyed here while Semazens were whirling.

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