Whirling Dervishes!

Atlanta’s Rialto Theater presents:

The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey

The Sacred Dance of Mevlevi Sufis

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM

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With the 800th birthday year of the great Muslim mystic and poet Rumi, the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey take the Rialto stage. It is scientifically recognized that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Although most of these revolutions are natural and unconscious, the Whirling Dervishes intentionally and consciously participate in the shared revolution of other beings. The universal values of love and service shared by all Sufis are relevant to the social and political realities of today. This ritual dance, which is performed exclusively by the Dervishes, has come to symbolize these values in the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world. Through revolving in harmony with all things in nature, The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey testify to the existence and majesty of their Creator. Like all sacred dance, its purpose is to make spiritual energies availabe for the audience. Called ‘The Turn’ because the Semazens are turning back to God, back to their source, back to their true beginning, and the energy they make available is love. So if it is Real, and the audience receptive, the audience is melted in love by the end…

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Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.