Whirling Dervish Ceremony - Turning, Rumi Poetry and Lovers!
You are invited to a rare opportunity to hear Rumi poetry at 6.30 pm, followed by a chance to see the Whirling Dervish ceremony (Mukabele) at 7.45 pm. The guest ceremony is a chance for members of the public to watch the turning ceremony. This in itself is a moving experience and the audience are regarded as a part of the ceremony and are known as 'Lovers'.
The guest nights always end with a party in the refectory and if guests want to stay on for the party then they are kindly asked to bring a contribution of food to share.
Dervish turning from the Mevlevi order of dervishes is a potent method for experiencing inner stillness and the opening of the heart. It was originally taught to the London group in Protected content a Mevlevi Sheikh with the permission of the head of the order and it has been taught and practised at Colet House in West London on a regular basis since then. The turning is a part of a ceremony known as a 'Mukabele' (meaning 'coming face to face') and it was originally developed by followers of the 13th century Persian mystic Jalalu'ddin Rumi. When the London group were taught it, they were asked to preserve it in its original form.
Open to all
The ceremony is open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds. Rumi said he was the friend of 73 religions. As well as having a deep transforming effect on the turners, the whole ceremony has a profound inner symbolism, which represents mankind's inner journey back to the realisation of his essential oneness with God and the unity of all creation.
The Study Society
The Study Society provides practical ways of finding rest, stillness and meaning in the midst of our varied lives, benefiting both the individual and society. These include meditation, sacred dance and chanting. We study non-dual philosophy: a simple system of knowledge that lies behind the world's major philosophies and religions.
The Study Society was registered in Protected content the late Dr. F.C. Roles and his friends who had been associates of the Russian philosopher and author P.D. Ouspensky ( Protected content ). Ouspensky (a student of Gurdjieff) was particularly interested in the inner life of civilisations and in the convergence of science, philosophy, art and religion in the service of truth. He was also very much concerned with the inner transformation of humanity as a matter of practical experience.
The Society was founded to carry on his aims and researches. He had also asked Dr Roles to look for a simple method of finding inner stillness that was suitable for people living ordinary active lives. Dr Roles fulfilled this aim in the early Protected content when he discovered a method of meditation and the knowledge associated with it, which is part of the Advaita or non-dualist school of philosophy, as taught by His Holiness, the late Shantanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Northern India.
The meditation and the knowledge associated with it are intended for people from all backgrounds religions and races. Membership of the Society, and of societies related to it abroad, ranges over all kinds of professions and ages, from those of student years upwards.
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