The ‘dance’ of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema and is a part of the inspiration of Mevlana and has become part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture.
Whirling Dervish Sema represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to “Perfect”. Whirling towards the truth, his growth, through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrive to the “Perfect”. He returns from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity and greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of believes, races, classes and nations.
Dervish Ceremony in Historical Sirkeci Train Station – Les Arts Turcs