Category Archives: sufism

Reflections on this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (2016)

December 17, 2016 On this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (Rumi’s night of Divine Union with his Beloved) I am deeply saddened by the unbearable suffering of people in Syria and my homeland Anatolia as well. During Rumi’s years in Konya in the 13’th … Continue reading

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Lost in translation (2)

Image credit “Haydan gelen Huya gider”  – Turkish proverb. In colloquial Turkish this proverb is used to mean “easy come easy go” but this was not the original meaning. In Turkish the suffix “dan” means “from”  and the suffix “ya” means … Continue reading

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Reflections on this anniversary of Rumi’s Sheb-i Arus (2015)

Image credit December 17, 2015 On this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (Rumi’s night of Divine Union with his Beloved) I reflected on 2015’s challenges. I remembered the conditions that prompted me to post these I surrender to your infinite wisdom and love God … Continue reading

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Engraving concept revisited

Sometimes I am moved by an inspiration and write about a concept without fully understanding why it is relevant at this point in time. My original intention for writing this post was to say few inspiring words on Haqq which … Continue reading

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The Sufi Meditation of the Heart by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

I came across an article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee titled “The Sufi Meditation of the Heart.” I highly recommend this article. Over the years I have read many books and articles on Sufism.  Vaughan-Lee’s article struck me as the most to-the-point … Continue reading

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Rumi’s 7 Principles

These 7 principles of Rumi are not mentioned enough in the Western literature. Westerners are attracted to his poetry but ignore the formulaic presentations of his wisdom. The situation is reversed for the Turkish people. They seem to ignore the … Continue reading

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Rose Symbolism

I cannot do justice to the long history of rose symbolism in world cultures. I will pick and choose and mention few that held my attention. For me rose is the symbol of the soul. The seat of the soul … Continue reading

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Sheb-i Arus

On this night of Sheb-i Arus (Dec 17, Rumi’s night of reunion), I remembered Baba’s eternal words “And there cannot be any peace, any happiness or any beatitude till the aspirant comes in tactual contact [touch] with the Supreme Self.”   … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (1): Mysticism and Yoga

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Haji Bektash Veli Yunus Emre Rumi Rumi’s Night of Reunion

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Rumi’s Night of Reunion

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi died on Dec 17, 1273. This date is known as Sheb-i Arus (Wedding Night). Every year the 17th of December is celebrated as the night of Rumi’s reunion with his Beloved. This poem of Rumi explains more … Continue reading

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Rumi

Jalal-e-din Rumi (Mevlana) (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) is one of the world’s most beloved mystical poets. He was a well known and respected Quran scholar living in Konya before he met the traveling Sufi dervish Shams of Tebriz. … Continue reading

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Yunus Emre

Yunus Emre (1240?–1321?) was a Turkish Sufi poet. His influence as a poet and as a Sufi teacher in Turkish speaking lands from Eastern Europe to Central Asia is immense. He expressed the highest spiritual truth of Divine Love, the states … Continue reading

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“What Is This World?” Lecture of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of universal teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He re-formulated … Continue reading

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Inner Silence

“God, The Father, or Brahman is primarily The Supreme Silence. The soul in its depth is Silence. The peace of the mind is Silence. Atman (The Supreme Self) is Silence. Silence belongs to God, the one perpetually mysterious, essential language. … Continue reading

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Unity of Being (Absolute Monism)

Introduction Unity of Being and Absolute Monism refer to the same concept. There is only ONE Absolute Being in existence. Cosmos including all the physical universes and the infinite number of souls are transformations or internal reflections of this Absolute Being … Continue reading

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Haji Bektash Veli

Haji Bektash Veli was a great Sufi teacher, humanist and philosopher who lived in Anatolia in the 13’th century. He is the eponym of the Bektashi Sufi order and is considered as one of the principal teachers of Alevism. He … Continue reading

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