In the image and likeness “there Is a place where words are generated by silence, a place where the whisper of the heart is born. There is a place where voices sing of your beauty, a place where every breath carves your image in my soul.” It is not known exactly what place was meant in this poem by the sage Jelal-al-DIN Rumi, who lived in the XIII century, but it is possible that it is inspired by the image of the second homeland of the poet — the city of Konya, located in the Central part of Anatolia. Konya is the capital of the province of the same name with a population of about 1.5 million people, the ancient religious center of Turkey and the birthplace of the Sufi tradition. This is perhaps one of the most mystical corners of the country. The name of the city comes from the Greek iconium (icon). According to one legend, once the city was attacked by a dragon, and the ancient Greek Perseus killed the monster. In honor of the hero, the inhabitants erected an obelisk with his image. Hence the name — Iconium, or horse. According to the second, Muslim version, two dervishes, a friend of Allah, flew across the sky, heading West. As they flew over Central Anatolia, one asked the other, “Land?”(“Konayim mi?”), to which his friend replied: “of Course, land!”(“Konya!”). The dervishes landed and founded the city. Falling in love and dancing Sufism is a mystical Islamic movement that has little in common with traditional Islam. Its name came from the root of the word “suf”, which in Arabic means “woolen clothing”. The Sufis have traditionally refused the rich garments and wore the simple clothes of wool. The philosophy of the Sufis can be summarized as follows: God is pure Being and absolute Good. The Sufi sees God as the one and only reality. He understands the illusory nature of phenomena, is therefore able to avoid the captivity of the world of shadows, to achieve absorption in the deity. Dervishes believe that man is a God in miniature, because his body is a smaller copy of the universe. By studying the mystical teachings (Sharia) and following the mystical path (tariqa), the disciple and seeker of Truth achieves his goal. The ancient teaching is still relevant today, because Sufism describes a way to develop the finest capabilities of our mind and our ability to love. This is the way in which the emphasis is on self-knowledge, interdependence of people, creativity, practicality, social justice and divine love. It is not necessary to become a reclusive monk and pray from morning till evening in order to follow the path of Sufis. In Sufi terminology, “a Sufi is a person in love with the Truth, one who by means of love and devotion moves to the truth and perfection”, so that Sufis are peaceful guys. “There is no absolute evil in the world — evil is only relative,” wrote the ancient poet Rumi. It was Rumi, a connoisseur of everything beautiful, founded the order of Mevlevi. Dervishes of the order of dancing, and thus can achieve an ecstatic Union with God. Dancing monks the rites of the Mevlevi order is a ritual. It begins with the recitation of poems for the glory of the Prophet, followed by musical improvisation and whirling. Following them is the second part of the four music and dance sections, which is called selam. Dervishes appear in white oblong felt caps and black capes. During the dance, they throw off these capes and remain in white robes. This change of clothes symbolizes death and resurrection. Spinning, the dervish holds his right hand turned to the sky, and the left — to the ground, as if collecting the energy of heaven and earth. First he spinning slowly, gradually accelerating to the beat of the music. Soon, wide skirt tennure open and form a beautiful white dome. That dance is called the SEMA and is usually performed at midnight in semahane or hall of khanaka (Sufi temple). Rumi believed that during SEMA the spirit is released from the weight of the flesh, the heart center is revealed — and man merges with God. Lived here Rumi is One of the most unique monuments of Konya is the mausoleum of the Mevlana Museum, where Rumi lived and is now kept by his tomb, attracts an endless stream of pilgrims. The people called Rumi “Mevlana”, which means “our Lord”in Arabic. Among the admirers of the great sage many celebrities. We can say that after almost 800 years, it remains relevant. Madonna and Goldie hawn even recorded a disc on which the music recite poems of the great Persian poet. Before you go to the mosque, be prepared for the fact that you have to wash your hands, feet and face, and women — be sure to cover your head. Inside you will see amazing ancient books, musical instruments, clothes of Sufis, rosaries, which read 99 names of Allah. Also in the Museum you can learn about the life of Mevlana, about the life of Sufis and how their teachings spread through the territory of modern Turkey. Every year in December (approximately from 10 to 17) in the Museum of Mevlana held a festival of dancing dervishes (Whirling Dervish Festival). It attracts about a million tourists. The music of amazing beauty and poetry of Rumi whirling dervishes and sing Zikr (Islamic mantra). Needless to say, it is an unforgettable sight! Circle me! Over time, the once sacred technique of whirling leaked to the masses, and now anyone can try the Sufi way of knowing God. What is the secret of mastering the technique of whirling, and how to do so in order not to lose balance and not to fall? To begin with, you can hold a bent hand in front of you and look at it — this helps to maintain balance. Start spinning slowly, counterclockwise. Gradually, you can open your hands. Accelerate only when you feel confident. If you start to feel dizzy — slow down and breathe through your mouth. A special skirt like the sun-flared, at the edges weighted with coins, also helps in mastering the technique. If you focus on it, it seems that you are standing, and the world revolves around you. In the process of whirling the body is a wave of joy, and harmony reigns in the soul. It is believed that the upper and lower streams of energy go through the dancer, so at the end of the practice, to save this energy, you need to fold your hands on the navel. You can also lie on the floor belly down, lie down until breathing is restored, and listen to your feelings. Treasures of the Seljuks to the Sufi tradition of Mevlana Museum, explore the other attractions in Konya, a lot of them. There are many examples of unique architecture in the city center. In 1070, the Seljuk dynasty occupied Konya, and from 1150 to 1300 the city was the capital of a huge Empire, the borders of which stretched between Iraq and Iran. In addition to Rumi lived here and Omar Khayyam, a great poet and mathematician. Rich Seljuk culture is reflected in numerous mosques and madrasas (schools). Among the most impressive as its external decoration of the mosque Hajji Hassan, madrasa the inje Minar (now the Museum of applied arts on wood and stone), of iplikci mosque (the oldest Seljuk mosque built in 1202). Sculptures and sarcophagi, as well as many interesting artifacts found during excavations can be seen in the Archaeological and Ethnographic museums. In the Museum of Koyunoglu you will learn a lot about the history of this city.