We have had our tickets for this performance at Washington National Cathedral (sixth largest cathedral in the world) for awhile. This past weekend on a visit to a thrift shop, this beautiful hand carved and painted spoon jumped off a book shelf at me. I could almost not believe my eyes when I saw the whirling dervish design. I can honestly say I have never seen anything ‘whirling dervish’ before other than in a movie once long ago 🙂
Here is how the performance is billed, I am so excited!
“Delight in an evening of mystical love poetry, sacred music, and prayerful whirling movement in this interfaith program, featuring whirling dervishes and musicians from Rumi’s own Turkish Mevlevi Sufi Order, headed by his direct descendant.
Recognized as one of the greatest mystics and poets of Islam, Rumi attracts spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, inviting them into the mystical realm of Sufism. Experience this inspired spiritual leader and great lover of humanity in the poetry and whirling dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey, founded by Rumi’s son. Faruk Celebi Efendi, a direct descendant of Rumi, leads the Order and offers opening remarks. Rumi’s poetry and a troupe of whirling dervishes are joined by singers and musicians for this extraordinary interfaith experience.”
In Rumi’s words, (there are so many beautiful quotes):
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207-1273