August 23, 2013

Ankara, Turkey

Photograph by Sukri Celil Advan, National Geographic Your Shot

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Whirling dervishes perform the ritual dance of the Sufi sect in a showroom in Ankara. Practitioners believe the act of repeatedly spinning allows them to forget their earthly body and move closer to God.

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21 comments
M. Aslanbay
M. Aslanbay

not the whirling dervishes but the ground is what i like... in this photo!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Weeee! The guy in the black must be dizzy.

ghindos hans
ghindos hans

dance with mind and around the world ,,!

Levent Ersoy
Levent Ersoy

i am proud of my country i am a % percent of turkish guy thanks a lot to my god i was born in turkey and i am part of a OTTOMAN empires.

Pedro Brasil
Pedro Brasil

Beautiful pic! Such an "Ottoman" feel to it...

ajdin c.
ajdin c.

hm..rotating and spinning not easy at all..congrats..very nice pic.

Steven G.
Steven G.

It sure is Friday. A day holy to the muslims. I believe this photo captures the Oneness that is at the heart of Islam. Peace and blessings

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

I can empathise with the solitary dancer in black.


It's  Friday, and I'm home with study whilst the world around me is celebrating.

Amina Graham
Amina Graham


Why think thus O men of piety
I have returned to sobriety
I am neither a Moslem nor a Hindu
I am not Christian, Zoroastrian, nor Jew

I am neither of the West nor the East
Not of the ocean, nor an earthly beast
I am neither a natural wonder
Nor from the stars yonder

Neither flesh of dust, nor wind inspire
Nor water in veins, nor made of fire
I am neither an earthly carpet, nor gems terrestrial
Nor am I confined to Creation, nor the Throne Celestial

Not of ancient promises, nor of future prophecy
Not of hellish anguish, nor of paradisic ecstasy
Neither the progeny of Adam, nor Eve
Nor of the world of heavenly make-believe

My place is the no-place
My image is without face
Neither of body nor the soul
I am of the Divine Whole.

I eliminated duality with joyous laughter
Saw the unity of here and the hereafter
Unity is what I sing, unity is what I speak
Unity is what I know, unity is what I seek

Intoxicated from the chalice of Love
I have lost both worlds below and above
Sole destiny that comes to me
Licentious mendicity

In my whole life, even if once
Forgot His name even per chance
For that hour spent, for such moment
I’d give my life, and thus repent

Beloved Master, Shams-e Tabrizi
In this world with Love I’m so drunk
The path of Love isn’t easy
I am shipwrecked and must be sunk.

Ó Shahriar Shahriari
Vancouver, Canada
March 25, 1998

Amina Graham
Amina Graham

@Edy Benjamin @Amina Graham If after reading the poem, you did not get the message, what is it that can make you understand it?

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