By Darla Shelden
On Friday, Feb. 6, the Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City will present a live performance of the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi Turkish Sufi Music Ensemble. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center, 7777 S. May Ave.
The Whirling Dervish is a spiritual celebration of existence, performed by members of the Mawlawi Order, a branch of the Sufi Order, which was founded in the 13th century in the Turkish city of Konya.
Sufism emphasizes universal love, peace, and acceptance of various spiritual paths. Their dance is a traditional form of Sufi worship; a continuous twirling with one hand pointed upward reaching for the divine and the other hand pointed toward the ground.
"The characteristic of this seven-centuries-old ritual is that it unites the three fundamental components of human nature: the mind (as knowledge and thought), the heart (through the expression of feelings, poetry and music) and the body (by activating life, by the turning)," said Ersin Demirci, Executive Director of the Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City.