“You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.” ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way, through sharing the teachings of the great 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. We offer cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality, unity, and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras.
Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle shares open circle gatherings on the first and third Monday of each month. Check back regularly to view our upcoming gatherings: RumiSeattle.org.
Silent Mevlevi Meal
at Ballard Oddfellows Hall, 1706 NW Market St.
Monday, March 31 at 7:30pm
$15 donation suggested
Join us on Monday March 31st for an evening of communion through prayer and feasting.
First, we will share a special zikr using a traditional large tesbe (similar to a mala or rosary) with 999 beads.
Then, maintaining an atmosphere of sacredness, we eat together in silence. Cleaning up and exiting the hall, as well, are done in silence.
This echoes a traditional practice within the Mevlevi tekkes (monasteries) where the dervishes ate every meal in silence, an opportunity to gather and share with one another the beautiful simplicity of communion.We’d love for you to join us. Simply RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and bring along your donation for the evening’s hall rental. We will prepare the food and the space. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call Scott at 206.784.1532.
When I say “lip,” it’s the lip of the Sea I mean;
when I say “nothing,” it means “nothing but You.”
It’s the sweetness that makes my face solemn:
it’s the fullness of speech that makes me silent.”
So that from your heart you can wash away the futility of life’s grief.
-Hafiz (Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe)
In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the current of Mevlevi tradition, engaging in a spiritual practice common to many Turkish sufi orders.
Throughout history, the different orders would come together to remember God through movement, prayer, music and devotional poetry.
Under the instruction of our musical guide, Timucin Cevikoglu, we have instituted this monthly meeting, supporting and enlivening our prayers with traditional sacred music.
In continuing this tradition in a contemporary context, we spontaneously co-create a dance towards unity, remembering our shared source and renewing our commitment to walk a path of awareness and peace.
When: Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street 98107. Who: Friends of all faiths and skill level are warmly welcome into our circle!
These are healing prayer practices, and we invite you to participate as you are able. Dress: Please dress comfortably for movement, with thick socks or turn shoes for moving/whirling on a wood floor. To RSVP contact Scott at (206) 784-1532.
Or email the MOA circle at email@example.com. Cost: $15 suggested donation.
We meet weekly to focus on traditional aspects of transmission:
• Adab (beautiful behavior)
• Learning to turn
• The formal Sema (whirling prayer dance) ceremony
• Zikr (remembrance of the divine)
• Music and Mystical Poetry
If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our regular Monday meetings in the month of February. We look forward to seeing you! Any questions? Contact Scott at 206.784.1532.
Also join us March 3 & 17 for our regular monthly Zikrs, remembering God through movement, prayer, music and devotional poetry.
“True Zikr makes you forget everything but the Beloved”
(Hazrat Abu Sa‘īd ibn Abi’l-Khayr, Persia, d. 1049 CE)
Through recitation of the divine names, music, and movement, with a heart torn open and longing, the Sufi seeks to remember God, to part the veil between Lover and Beloved, to dissolve into the Sea of Oneness.
All new and old friends are warmly invited to join the Seattle Mevlevi Circlethis Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm in Ballard as we continue a traditional practice intended to deepen spiritual intimacy. In remembrance, we will move, chant, sing and whirl through transformative and ecstatic states as a community.
When: This Monday, April 15th at 7:30pm
Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107 http://www.seattleoddfellows.org/)
Who: Friends of all faiths and skill level are warmly welcome into our circle! Please come. These are healing prayer practices, and we invite you to participate as you are able.
Dress: Please dress comfortably for movement, with thick socks or turn shoes for moving/whirling on a wood floor. (Mevlevi Semazens: please wear your zikr garments.)
Questions: Contact Scott at (206) 890-8394.
Cost: We invite a love offering/donation to help with the cost of hall rental.