The sacred moment
I said what about my eyes? «Keep them on the road.» I said what about my passion? «Keep it burning.» I said what about my heart? «Tell me what you hold inside it.» I said «Pain and sorrow.» He said «Stay with it.» Rûmi, Sufi poet (13the century)
I was at the the World Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco. The whirling dervishes from Konya in Turkey, all clothed in white, took their places on the stage. It was a moment suspended in time. They began their staged choreography, then some of these men, turned towards the divine, quietly entered into a state of trance, called Sema. As they spun in a dance which seemed unending, letting their arms flow outward, their gowns unfolded gracefully like flowers around their bodies, the central axis around which they spun, like so many human tops. Their heads bowed, they seemed exhilarated, emanating a sense of lightness and immense liberty. While pictorial and visual representation is a universal language, music – even a few notes, a gentle breath blown into a ney made of reeds – like dance, is a means of communicating with the soul. My attempt to capture this feeling is an homage to these elemental arts.
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