When I listen to this soulful song (do listen to it – it’s divine music), I feel a trance descend over me, and Pari breaks into a dance – most graceful and elegant. This song also inspires a spiritual rising within that wants me to do the Whirling Dervish – the meditative, spiritual spinning of the Sufis. And, this is what has reflected in today’s leaf art. The ‘Buddha’s coconut’ leaves – one good look at them and I thought, this is what the whirl of the cloaks that the Sufis wear during the spinning, look like.
You folks have a look and tell me if what I saw, you see too? And, learn some more about this beautiful Sufi practice. Some might call it a dance, but it’s not. It’s so much more that the viewers might not see or know or understand. So, let’s understand some more about this spiritual spinning.
Oh, and a list of beautiful Sufi songs that you’ll love listening to…
I love the thought and the rhythm of this poetry by Rumi. And, I feel so fortunate to have found the gorgeous, giant leaves of the Buddha’s Coconut leaves that gave me an instant vision to create this art.
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
What is Whirling Dervish?
The act of spinning or Sufi Whirling has a deep underlying spiritual meaning, that most of us may not know. This act dates back to the 13th century. And, something amazing that I came to know – Rumi himself was the first to whirl!
The story relates that as he was walking through the market, he heard the rhythmic pounding of the metalworkers. The metalworkers were saying the phrase “La illaha illa Llah”, which loosely translated is Arabic for “There is no god but God”. Upon hearing the words combined with the rhythmic drumming of the metalworkers tools, Rumi went into an ecstatic trance and began to whirl. (Read more in this very informative article about the Whirling Dervishes.)
According to Trees of Delhi – it’s a towering giant of the rainforests of North East India and the Western Ghats, and one of Delhi’s tallest trees even though it is stunted here. The leaves are very large, upto 40 cm, glossy and smooth; 5-7 main veins form a heart-shaped base and the apex is pointy or not.
I’m in love with Sufi music – I find it so soulful, meditative and glorious. If you’d like some popular Hindi Sufi songs, here’s a list.
- O re Piya (love this. Pari has been dancing on this endlessly these days…!)
- Khwaja Mere Khwaja (Watch the Sufi Dervishes in this video)
- Kun Faya Kun (same song that I shared at the beginning of the post)
- O re manwa tu to bawra hai (intense)
- Main Tenu Samjhawan ki (very soothing)
- Main Jahan Rahoo, main kahin bhi hoon.. (the magic of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)
Ah..there are so many more. And so many of them by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. I could go on.
But, I want to know YOUR favourite Sufi song. Which one? :-) Do share, so I can expand my fav. list.
And, here’s the Day 24 Leaf Art – Kundalini Awakening. See the art, read the story behind it and the poetry of Rumi that makes it complete.