Konya Metropolitan Municipality will organize 35 activities in several European countries and in the U.S in the framework of 2007 Mevlana.
Konya Metropolitan Municipality will organize 35 activities in several European countries and in the U.S in the framework of 2007 Mevlana -- spiritual leader of Islam's Sufi order -- year.
Tahir Akyurek, mayor of central Anatolian city of Konya, said this is an important opportunity for promoting Konya in the international arena.
"Within the year, 35 programs will be organized abroad. We have completed the first 6 programs in the U.S. We will introduce Mevlana and Konya in programs organized in different countries and will invite them to our city," said mayor Akyurek.
Konya mayor added that as part of the Mevlana year, they will send postcards with seven advices of Mevlana to over 1 million people, including high-ranking officials of 174 countries, their ambassadors to Turkey and their representatives in United Nations and Unesco.
Activities within Turkey
Akyurek stated that activities will continue also within Turkey. "There will be exhibitions in 19 cities with the theme of Konya," said the mayor, adding 52 sama' programs will be organized during 52 weeks and the municipality will deliver Mevlana books to 380 households in the city.
"In addition to these, there will be ethnic and religious music festivals in Konya throughout the year," said Tahir Akyurek.
UNESCO declared 2007 as the Year of Mevlana to mark the 800th anniversary of his birth.
Mevlana and Sama
Mevlana was born on September 30th, 1207 in Balkh, which is now located in Afghanistan. He died in Konya (central Anatolia) on December 17th, 1273.
He was laid to eternal rest beside his father and over his remains a splendid shrine was erected in Konya.
Though centuries have passed, many people from around world, come and visit Mevlana. Mevlana devoted himself to the pursuit of Sufi mysticism, in which he was justly regarded as the supreme master.
He was the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes. His most important work, composed during the last ten years of his life, is the Mathnawi-i Manawi (Mesnevi).
This comprises about thirty thousand couplets in six books, a vast compendium of Sufi lore and doctrine, interspersed with fables and anecdotes. It is especially remarkable for its insight into the laws of physics and psychology.
On the other hand, sama represents a man's ascent through mind and love to "perfect." Turning towards the truth, he grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the "Perfect."
Then he returns from this spiritual journey as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of beliefs, races, classes or nations.
Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists flow each year in December to Konya, the central Anatolian city, where Mevlana was laid to the eternal rest, and attend the festivals on the night of his death, which he called the night of wedding or "Vuslat Gecesi", since he would meet God finally.
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