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Sufi whirling or Sufi spinning is a form of Sama which means physically active meditation originated among Sufis and still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of Mevlevi order.
This customary dance performed within Sama or worship ceremony where dervishes, also called semazen aim to reach perfection so-called Kemal in Turkish. This is to seek one’s nafs means egos or personal desire while listening to music and focusing on God. Spinning one’s body in repeating circles which are seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the solar system orbiting the sun.
In the symbolism of Sama ritual semazen’s sikke, a hat made from camel hair represents the tombstone of ego, his wide and white skirt represents the ego’s shroud. Removing his black cloak means, he is spiritually reborn to the truth. By holding the arms crosswise at the beginning of Sama, semazen appears to represent the number one, thus testifying to God’s unity.
While whirling, his right arm is directed to the sky to receive God’s beneficence. At the same time, his eyes are fastened, and his left arm is turned towards the earth. Semazen conveys God’s spiritual gift to those who are witnessing the Sama. Revolving from right to left around the heart they embrace all humanity with love. The human has been created with love in order to love.
The whirling dervish ceremony has started in the early times of the 12th century with Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi.