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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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The year of 1980 was a turning point in my life. In the summer of 1980 the social unrest in Turkey was getting out of control. On September 12, 1980 the military took over the government promising to end the … Continue reading

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A Universal Answer to an American Question on Mystical Feelings

“When do you have the mystical feelings? During shower or when you are shaving?” A Sufi of the Mevlevi order was asked this question by an American journalist during an interview. I don’t know the exact English words of the … 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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Deep interest but no strong urge to visit

I visited Rumi’s shrine in Konya in 2010. It was my first visit and I was 50 years old. I grew up in Turkey and I have always been interested in Sufism but I was never able to bring myself … 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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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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My Favorite Books

I excluded fiction from this list. I also excluded many scientific and technical books which are truly my favorites but they would not be appropriate here. Another excluded category is the esoteric books. The following are the books that I … 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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Inspiring Metaphors: Line and Point

A conversation with Peter Francis Dziuban* inspired this metaphor. There is a duality between the “point” and the “line” which is apparently different but a line looks like a point when viewed from a different angle (head-on). Therefore the “point” … 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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