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Written by Brother Bob on 13 Feb, 2001
The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect (Kemal). Turning towards the truth, he grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth, and arrives to the "perfect". Then he returns from this spiritual journey…Read More
The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect (Kemal). Turning towards the truth, he grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth, and arrives to the "perfect". Then he returns from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to all creatures without discriminating in regard to belief, class, or race... The dervish with his head-dress (his ego's tombstone), his white shirt (his ego's shroud) is spiritually born to the truth, by removing his black cloak, he journeys and advances to spiritual maturity through the stages of the Sema. At the onset and each stage of the Sema, holding arms crosswise he represents number one, and testifies to Gods' unity. While whirling his arms are open, his right hand directed to the sky ready to receive God's beneficence, gazing his left hand turned toward the earth, he turns from right to left, pivoting around the heart. This is his way of conveying God's spiritual gift to the people upon whom God looks with a divine watchfulness. Revolving around the heart, from right to left, he embraces all of humankind, all the creation with affection and love. The Sema ceremony ends with a prayer for the peace and souls of all Prophets and all believers......
Yes, this circle is complete and Matata has finally made his pilgrimage to the Mevlana mystic circle ceremony of Konya, Turkiye. This journey, amidst reports of "imminent terrorist threats" communicated at the American people in Turkey and the dawn of the closure of American consulates in Adana and Istanbul. My dear friends, this ceremony was as perfect, mystical and inspirational as one could ever imagine it. Reminded me, in part, of the spirituality of the opening eve of the Rimpa foundation in Varanasi, India inspired by the 8 hour "music is the medium between the worshipper and God," festival with Ravi Shankar, Ali Raka & Bismulla Allahdin Kahn.