Rumi and Sufism

In an earlier post we explored briefly the Mawlawi Order and Women and Sufism. We were very pleased that our humble posts have been listed as references on another blog (Earth Pages) by Madison Meadows titled The Origins of Sufism.

Melvana Museum, Konya

Melvana Museum, Konya

On our travels we went to the Melvana Museum in Konya, which was an amazing place. In addition to this we also went to see the Whirling Dervishes in Nevsehir, which was also a wonderful experience.

I have started reading a book of poetry by Melvana (perhaps better known as Rumi) and find many of his thoughts quite inspiring.

Here is a short poem that I just adore:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

Melvana also inspired many motifs now commonly used in Turkish Decorative Art.

Rumi inspired designs

Rumi inspired designs

We look forward to learning more about Rumi and Sufism and will continue to develop this thread of our research.

Whirling Dervishes, Cappadocia

Whirling Dervishes, Cappadocia

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