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The garden of
is green without
and yields many
other than sorrow
and joy.
Love is beyond either
without spring,
without autumn,
it is always fresh.

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

2007 was the 800 anniversary of the birthday of Mevlana.UNESCO declared 2007 year as MEVLANA year.

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According to him, the only way to approach absolute being is through love; and God's love is everywhere, permeating everything. If one were to love another being in the name of God, one would find a pathway leading to the absolute. According to him everything in the universe, every being, even matter itself - all are but manifestations of God and exist in God and are united in the Absolute Being. Thus Mevlana views all existence as a united whole. In a sense, one could call his vision that of Unity Consciousness. This vision impelled Mevlana to transcend all differences and prejudices, and formed the basis of his immense tolerance and of his real and deep humanism.Please watch this video ..to understand him better...

Mevlana Rumi


Konya is a city in Central Anatolia in Turkey. Legend says that Perseus killed a dragon that had been ravaging the town. The people set up a special monument to honor him, a stone obelisk .This event gave the city it's name, Ikonyon, Ikonyum, Iconium. However, among Muslims, another legend is told.
Konya region is one of the most ancient settlements of Anatolia. The results of excavations in Catalhöyük, Karahöyük, Cukurkent and Kucukoy show the region was inhabited as the Neolithic Period (Late Stone Age) of BC 7000. Other settlers of the city before Islam were; the Calcolitic Period (Copper Age) civilizations, Bronze Age civilizations, Hittites, Frigians, Lidians, Persians, Romans and finally Byzantines.

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Konya is important for Christians as well because St. Paul and St. Barnabas came to the city around 50 AD. The first exposure of the city to Islam happened during the time of the Caliph Muaviya. Later, Emevi's or Abbasi's. Konya's real meeting with and adopting of Islam began after the victory of Seljuks at Malazgirt in 1071, in the time of Kutalmisoglu Suleyman. The attacks of the Crusaders from 1076 to the end of the 12th century could not wrench the city from Islam.
Konya was the capital of Seljuks between 1071 and 1308. In 1220 Alaaddin Keykubad I repaired the city wall and decorated them with towers. In the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, in 1466, Konya joined the lands of the Ottoman Empire. In The First World War The Italian powers which occupied the city in April 1919, left the city in March 1920 during the Independence War led by Atatürk.

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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Nice page and pics. Looking forward to going there on my Turkey trip for next year.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    It was so pleasant and useful to read your page about Konya before making a page of my own! Very comprehensive and detailed info about Mevlana and Sema dance. Loved your link to spoon dance from Konya! Thank you Master Macit for your excellent page!

  • GenuinelyCurious's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    The spiritual feel of Konya was so special and the dervishes were a living testament to Sufi ecstatic appreciation of the divine. Thanks for capturing and sharing these images...

  • Oct 13, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    What kind of museum is it?

  • Rumi-fan's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 2:47 AM

    Wonderful Macit! I wish so much i could go to this place where Rumi's time and work are exhibited. Lovely pages. Thanks for creating them.

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Nice page! I hope all is well with you. I'm in USA with my sister recovering from broken heel. I should be back to work in a month...



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