© 2011 ChrisArmytage, Fine Art Photography, Daylesford, Victoria.
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet.”
Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the region today known as Afghanistan in 1207. His family fled the Mogul invasion to Konya, Turkey where he spent most of his life.
Rumi following in his fathers ancestoral line became a scholar until his meeting with the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. Of this meeting Rumi said, “What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a person.”
After Shams, Rumi’s other strong influences were Saladin Zarkub, the goldsmith, and later his scribe, Husam.
His poetry filled with a longing to be with the Friend, Him, or You. Are these mysterious pronouns the names of God, Shams, or who? This is for you, the reader to ponder.
Rumi founded the Mevlevi Order of dervishes, better known as the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism. Through a turning movement, body posturing, mental focus, and sound, the dervish achieves ecstasy through union with God.
Once a secret society, today the Mevlevi tour the world allowing audiences to witness the ceremony of their sacred dances and music.
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Photograph taken near Franklinford, Victoria, Australia, with a Panasonic FZ220, edited and layered with textures from my own stock photography in Photoshop CS3.