This image shows the whirling
dervishes of Konya as if seen from
above within a moon-like circle. They
appear at first like flowers. The setting
against a starry sky and the decorative
fencing augments the idea of a night
time vision.
However there is a deeper level since
the circle of light has other
connotations. It can represent the pure
soul or perhaps the pure intellect.
Likewise the jet black night sky can
represent a particular level of reality
beyond the veil of illusory images - this
is a level with which the sufis are
familiar from their introspections.
Nevertheless, as with all such
pictures, one should not be pedantic
about interpretation. The sympathetic
observer may find other layers of
meaning according to their own
The term 'sema' is usually used to
refer to the dancing of the dervishes or
the music concerts. Literally it means
audition - the 'hearing' (or tasting) of
divine mysteries through some
medium such as music or chanting or
by other means. A circle has its own
mystical connotations.
This picture is reproduced from Hafiz
and His Rubaiyat - a book of
translations of certain poems of the
great Mystic Poet of Persia, translated
by Dr Zahurul Hasan Sharib published
by Sharib Press in 1993. It is an
original work produced for that volume.
It does not relate to any specific poem.