Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi also known as Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries.Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America."
Rumi's works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language.His original works are widely read today in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries. His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as Urdu,Punjabi, Turkish and some other Iranian, Turkic and Indic languages written in Perso-Arabic script.
Sufi whirling (or Sufi spinning) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis , and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kemal. This is sought through abandoning one's nafs , egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one's body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. As explained by Sufis.
In the symbolism of the Sema ritual, the semazen's camel's hair hat (sikke) represents the tombstone of the ego; his wide, white skirt (tennure) represents the ego's shroud. By removing his black cloak (hırka), he is spiritually reborn to the truth. At the beginning of the Sema, by holding his arms crosswise, the semazen appears to represent the number one, thus testifying to God's unity. While whirling, his arms are open: his right arm is directed to the sky, ready to receive God's beneficence; his left hand, upon which his eyes are fastened, is turned toward the earth. The semazen conveys God's spiritual gift to those who are witnessing the Sema. Revolving from right to left around the heart, the semazen embraces all humanity with love. The human being has been created with love in order to love. Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi says, "All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!"
It’s on the 7 kilometers northwest of Konya. By 1932, The Rum and Turkish lived in the town. The church “Aya Eleni” in “Sille” town, which was built by the mother of the Byzantines Emperor Constantines, Helena, for the poor people of the town while her trip to Jerusalem for pilgrimage in 327 Ad, is one of the most pivotal works of the earliest Christianity Era.
A little part of it has remained up to day. The present church built in 1880 is the symbol of the town. On the western side of the church, the absis stands and it was built in the shape of a cross. Inner parts of the church are ornamented with the pictures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and his apostles. Sille, with its authentic structure, caves and two-storey houses, is an interesting settlement to visit.