Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation
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The dervish s whirling is a meditation communion and contemplation set to music; the calm center of a spiritual cyclone. Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation captures the music that drives this resplendent and timeless practice. Serpentine ney (flute), melodic santoor, impassioned singing and ancient frame drum form a hypnotic rhythmic engine, building in intensity and carrying the listener to whirling ecstasy. Recorded in India s Ishvani Kendra monastery, Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation features seasoned musicians, masters of the sema a (Sufi ceremony), performing this irresistible music that propelled the original trance dancers. The Persian mystic poet Rumi, founder of the Mevlana Dervish brotherhood, wrote, ...Music uplifts the soul to realms above. The ashes glow, the latent fires increase. We listen and are fed with joy and peace. Immensely enjoyable for straight listening, truly indispensable for inner exploration, Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation places the listener at the tranquil heart of that latent fire.
Splendor invokes the heart and spirit of the Persian whiling dervish dancing between the material and cosmic realms. Driven by the insatiable rhythm of frame drums, djembe, tabla and other world percussion these tracks allow you to experience the connection between movement, spirit and sound. A seductive swirl of flute, stringed instruments and haunting vocals are effortlessly woven together enhancing the hypnotic eastern vibe." --Yogabasics.comSee all Editorial Reviews
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I'm a Quranist, but in my opinion, Sufism is the most respectable branch of traditional Islam; their dhikr still deeply resonates with me, as my heart would tremble when God is mentioned (if not, then I'm not doing well). That's why while this music is very repetitive, it doesn't really feel repetitive. The instruments are also well played and the melody is well composed.
One thing to note: Please don't listen to this music while doing other things; you will get numb, since you're trying to focus on other things and thus trying to put the dhikr in the music to the background. Only listen when meditating.
The Sufis are a small group of mystics who emphasize the esoteric aspect of the Islamic religion. They have become better known through the fame of the Persian poet Rumi. The Sufis are essentially Muslim Gnostics, focusing more on one's inner experience of the divine rather than ritual and purely intellectual knowledge (although the latter has its place).
The first two tracks on this CD are rather long, but when listening to them it seems like time just melts away. They gradually build up in intensity, which corresponds to the whirling Dervish dance. You don't have to be a Dervish to appreciate this fine eastern music.