Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Dervishes    Dervishes

    Semâ is is the inspiration of Mevlânâ Celâleddin-i Rumî (1207 – 1273) as well as part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture… It symbolizes in seven parts the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection (Ascension – Mirac). Contemporary science definitely confirms that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve and the shared similarity among beings is the revolution of the electrons and protons in the atoms, which constitute the structure of the smallest particle to the stars far in the sky. As a consequence of this similarity, every thing revolves and man carries on his life, his very existence by means of the revolution in the atoms, structural elements in his body, bye the circulation of his blood, bye his coming from the Earth and return to it, by his revolving with the Earth itself.
          However, all of these are natural, unconscious revolutions. But man is the processor of a mind and intelligence which distinguished him from and makes him superior to other beings… 
          Thus the whirling dervish or Semâzen causes the mind to participate in the shared similarity and revolution of all other beings…
          – The Semâ ceremony represents all a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the “Perfect”. Then he returns from this spiritual journeys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to all creatures without discriminating in regard to belief, class, or race… The dervish with his head-dress(his ego’s tombstone), his white skirt (his ego’s shroud) is spiritually born to the truth, by removing his black cloak, he journeys and advances to spiritual maturity through the stages of the Semâ. At the onset and each stage of the Semâ holding his arms crosswise he represents number one, and testifies to God’s unity. While whirling his arms are open, his right hand directed to the sky ready to receive God’s beneficence, gazing his left hand turned toward the earth, he turns from right to left, pivoting around the heart. This is his way of conveying God’s spiritual gift to the people upon whom God “looks with a Divine” watchfulness. Revolving around the heart, from right to left, he embraces all of humankind, all the creation with affection and love… 

The Semâ is consisted of several parts, with different meanings… 

           A- It stars with a eulogy “Nat-ı Şerif” to the Prophet, who represents love, an all Prophets before him. To praise them is praising God, who created all of them.
           B- This eulogy is followed by a drum sound symbolising the Divine order of the Creator…. ” Kun=Be !”
           C- Then follows an instrumental music improvisation ” taksim ” with a read ” ney ”, it represents the firts breath which gives life to everthing : The Divine Breath.
           D- The fourth part is the dervishes gretings to each other and their thirice repeated circular walk ”Devri Veledi” accompanied by music called ”peshrev”, it symbolize the salulation of soul to soul concealed by shapes and bodies.
           E- The fifth part is the Semâ (whirling) it concists of four salutes or ” Selam ”s. At the end of each as in the onset, the dervish testifies by appearance to God’s unity.
           1- The first salute is man’s birth to truth by feelingand mind. It represent his complete conception of the existance of God as Creator and his own state of creature.
           2- The second salute expresses the rapture of man witnessin the splendor of creation, in front of God’s greatness and omnipotence.
           3- The third salute is the dissolution rapture into love and there by the sacrifice of mind to love. It is a complete submission, it is the annihilation of self in the loved One, it is unity. This state of ecstasy is the highest grade defined as ” Fenafillah ” in İslâm. However, the highest rank in İslâm is the rank reached by the Prophet : He is called God’s servant foremost and subsequently his messenger. The aim of Semâ is not unbroken ecstasy and loss of concious thought, but realization of.
           4- The fourt salute: Just as the Prophet ascends the ” Throne ” and then returns to his task on earth, the whirling dervish, folloving the termination of his spiritual journey and his ascent, returns to his task, to his state of subservience. (He is a servant of God, of His prophets and all the creation…) Sura Bakara 2, verse 285. At the end of this salute, he demonstrate this again by his apperance, arms placed crsswise representing the of God, conscjously and feelingly.
           F- The sixth part of the Semâ is a reading of the Quaran, especialy of the verse from Sura bakara 2, verse 115. (Onto God belong the East and the West, and wherever you turn, there is GOD’s countenance. He is All-Embracing. All-Knowing).
           G- The Semâ ceremony ends with a prayer for the peace of the souls of all Prophets and all believers… After the completion of ” Semâ ” ritual all the dervishes return silently to their cells meditation (tefekkür).

Cappadocia Horse Riding Tours

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   Experience the incredible and unusual beauty of Turkey’s Cappadocia region from the back of a horse.Something like a cross between the Grand Canyon and a moonscape, Cappadocia boasts some of the worlds most unusual and spectacular landscapes. Traversing the countless valleys and mountains by horseback brings riders in touch with the area’s breath-taking beauty. Forget the tour buses or even the rental cars – this astonishing region of Central Anatolia is truly best seen by horseback. Horse Riding may also include visits to some of Cappadocia´s incredible cultural treasures such as Byzantine churches carved inside caves, fascinating underground cities or the area’s traditional craftmaking centers.

Cappadocia Jeep Safari Tours

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   The full day Cappadocian Jeep Safari begins in the deeply set valley town of Urgup and will then drive through to the Uzengi River . The drive will take you through scenery that includes pigeon houses, the grape growing district and the near by wineries of Ortahisar.
The jeep tour will then take passengers off the beaten track with a visit to the picturesque caves of the Red Valley . The jeep safari provides the perfect opportunity to take a rest and soak up the natural beauty of the
Cappadocian scenery.

Cappadocia Trekking Tours

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    It is a region where the art of nature and human beings become one. Millions of years ago an eruption of two volcanoes, Hasan and Erciyes, covered the land of ‘Beautiful Horses’ with lava and tuff creating the colorful canvas for nature to create one of its most beautiful art. The Skillful hands of rivers carved the sculpture while the winds provided the polishing. The Tiny hands of rain placed the final touches for the art of “Mother Nature” to make it ready for mankind. Cappadocia is one of the most important civilization center of the history with its moderate climate, fertile soil and ability to hide in geography. With its strategic position on the Silk Way, Cappadocia became the melting pot of cultures.Ideal for those who enjoy walking while discovering the history and culture.

Cappadocia Bicycle Tours

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   Going through Urgup, Goreme and Zelve, the open air museum of churches and hermit dwellings hewn out of the naked rock, and the rock pinnacles pierced with the apertures of doors and windows. In the heat of summer, cyclists can cruise along in a comfort not offered by cars and coaches. And they do not have to abandon their vehicles when the roads narrow to paths. The number of cyclists is therefore steadily rising in the region. Cappadocia which has been featured in several European and American Mountain Bike magazines as one of the best places to cycle in Turkey and Europe.

Cappadocia Balloon Tours

ballon      ballon   

   Balloon Tours, the symbol of Cappadocia, are the most convenient way to see the unmatched beauties of the region. ShoeString will organise your balloon tour with a flight time duration of around one and a half hours and you’ll get to see the farthest points of Cappadocian civilization inaccessible by road.Balloon tours operate between April and November in the mornings (weather conditions permitting). There are few balloons company, with a capacity of 8, 10, 12 and 20 persons.Total tour time in a balloon: The total time includes the transfers between hotel and flight area, balloon safety briefing and preparation actual flight time and after-flight celebration with Champagne, and is approximately 4 hours. The actual flight time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and if you want you can have a short flight in 45 minutes.