Muhammed Celaleddin-i Rumi, who is known as 'Rumi' in the western world, can be called a mystic poet, a thinker, a theosophist or a sufi: but if you could ask him, "What are you?" He would say. "I am nothing but a simple lover of God". A true lover of God has no definite nationality, language or race for he loves everything without discrimination. He wrote the masnevi in six volumes which gives the message of love, unity, perfection, brotherhood and peace. It teaches man the path of Divine Love that exalts him from a lower stage to the highest one.
He was born at Balkh in Afghanistan, in the year 1207 and was brought up under his father's good care who himself was a well respected scholar and a lover of God. Rumi's father migrated to the Central Anatolia. He staved in Karaman for some years where Rumi got married. Being invited by the ruling Sultan Alaaddin Kaykubat they come to Konya.
Rumi studied Arabic, Persian, theology, jurisprudence, logic, philosophy, mathematics, Islamic history and commentaries on the Koran. When he met Shams-i Tebrizi, a great lover of God and a dervish, his whole life changed. He gave up teaching and became a Godloving person.
He learnt Divine secrets not from the books but from the chest of Shams. When shams left him, Rumi was alone He began to moan like the reed-flute. His soul became restless due to the love of God.
Rumi passed away in 1273. No trace of his palace or villa is found today in Konya for he lives in the depths of people's heart.


The Sema: Universal Movement
Sema is part of inspiration of Mevlana Muhammed Celaleddin Rumi as well as of Turkish customi history, beliefs and culture...
The Sema ceremony represents man's ascent to Heaven, his spiritual journey, it is his turning towards the truth, his growth through love, his desertion of his self as a way to lose himself in God, then his return to being a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfect.on...
Sema is the way of conveying God's spiritual gift to the people upon whom he looks with eyes of God. Revolving from the right to the left around heart, he embraces all the mankind and all creation with affection, with love...
According to our belief, man has been created with love in order to love. Mevlana says : All loves are a bridge to divine love. "Yes, those who have not had taste of it do not know!"...


Seven Advices of Mevlana

  • In generosity and helping others be like a river.
  • In compassion and grace be like sun.
  • In concealing others' faults be like night.
  • In anger and fury be like dead.
  • In modesty and humility be like earth.
  • In tolerance be like a sea.
  • Either exist as you are or be as you look.
As the virtual exists only once a week, please book as soon as possible.
The Sema Virtual in Istanbul
Special Rate
(April - October)
$25 (Including transfers) Every Sunday

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