Eighteen Stages of Service

Eighteen Stages of Service[1] The soul of the Mevlevi Dergah (training center) is the kitchen (matbah). In the kitchen, the Head Cook Dede (Ashchi Dede; Ser-tabbah),[2] the Cauldron Dede (Kazanci Dede), the Internal Affairs Dervish, the person in charge of the house work in a dervish convent (icheri meydancisi) and the Dish-washing Dede (Bulashikchi Dede) [...]

The Coherence of Our Souls

~ Shaikh Kabir Helminski The Essence of Our Practice We place a great emphasis on being—the quality of attention and presence that we practice. Being is our capacity to be awake with full attention and an open heart. Being is also the source of coherence. Being is our capacity to connect the transcendent with the [...]

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