The Mevlevi traditions come to us in an unbroken chain from Sufi mystic poet Hz. Mevlânâ Jelaluddin Rumi, who lived in 13th century Turkey, then the Seljuk Empire. He is also widely known today as a best-selling poet, inspiring many with his overflowing devotion to and love of God.
Hz. Suleyman Hayati Dede, Mevlevi Sheikh of Konya, Turkey (d. 1986) traveled to Western Europe and North America many times, bringing compassion and love to the lives of all who were fortunate to meet him. In 1978 he sent his son, Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras to America to continue fulfilling Dede’s inspiration; to bring the traditional teachings and practices of the Mevlevi to the west.
Since that time Postneshin Jelaleddin has instructed and led many in the traditional Mevlevi teachings and practices of Sema (the turning ritual), circles for Zikr (divine remembrance), and Sohbet (sacred discourse), continuing the traditions of the Mevlevi in the West. He shares his time between North American centers and the Hayatidede Institute in Konya,Turkey, teaching what he has learned from his upbringing in the heart of the Mevlevi Tradition and the home of Mevlana. He is the Spiritual Director and President of the Mevlevi Order of America.