For a one hour screening of video segments
A Live Global Diaglouge with Lovers in different parts of the world.
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With a focus on Divine Love or "Ashk" or "Eshgh" as the central, binding force of all creation, ONE THROUGH LOVE brings together a growing, international group of "Lovers," each of whom shed a unique light on the teachings of Rumi and Shams.
ONE THROUGH LOVE aspires to create a cinematic, experiential sense of the sufi mystical experience, using the teachings and revelations that emerged through the lives, poetry and writings of Hz. Jalaluddin Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. While known for centuries to millions of people throughout the Middle East and Asia, in the past decade, Rumi’s teachings have attracted a growing number of people in western countries. This discovery of Rumi and Shams in the west has greatly expanded and re-energized the power and timelessness of the teachings.
"If one of the mature ones begins to whirl in the East, another one starts moving in the West. They are aware of each other's state."
From the Maqalat of Shams-i-Tabriz
Over 800 years ago, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi taught that all religions and faiths are essentially One, and that all life, all existence and all creation are deeply united through Love.
"The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along."
As we are able to work with additional people in the west and in the east, to film and edit more sequences, we will gradually expand this circle of “Lovers” and inspiring stories. They are designed to be used in the production of a feature-length film, which we are currently fundraising for, and which we hope to complete by 2012. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the ONE THROUGH LOVE experience, and will forward this site to friends and lovers everywhere.
"The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp shop,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on essence, concentrate on Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The light streams towards you from all things,
All people,, all possible permutations of good, evil thought, passion.
The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind.
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning, and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes."
CEMALNUR SARGUT is the President/Head of the Istanbul Branch of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association. Cemalnur was a high school chemistry teacher for twenty years, but during those decades, she studied mysticism and many eastern and western philosophies. Cemalnur speaks on panels, at festivals and seminars, and leads Sohbets (sacred discourse).
ANDREW HARVEY is a mystical scholar, Rumi translator, and Founder/Director of Institute of Sacred Activism. Andrew was born in India and later attended Oxford University, where he was awarded fellowship to All Soul’s College. In 1977, he returned to India to study and experience Hindu, Tibetan Buddhism and Sufi mystical practices and teachings. He has taught at Oxford, Cornell, and Hobart and William Smith colleges.
ESIN CELEBI BAYRU is Vice President of the International Mevlana Foundation. Esin is also Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s granddaughter from the 22nd generation, a descendent of Sultan Veled and Ulu Arif Celebi.
KABIR EDMUND HELMINSKI is the Co-Founder and Director of Threshold Society (sufism.org), with branches in six countries and associated with the Mevlevi Order and the International Mevlana Foundation. Kabir toured as Shaikh with the Mevlevi Dervishes of Turkey from 1994-2000. He began his study with Suleyman Loras of Konya in 1980. He has an M.A. in transpersonal studies/psychology and an honorary PhD in literature from Selcuk University in Konya. His books on Sufism have been translated into eight languages and in 2009 he was named one of the "500 Most InfluentialMuslims in the World."
CAMILLE HELMINSKI is the Co-Founder and Director of Threshold Society, and has worked in the Mevlevi tradition for over 25 years. She is the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur’an into English. In this video, Camille performs with Ruby, a collaboration of Lisa Ferraro (vocalist), Erika Luckett (guitarist/vocalist) and Kabir Helminski (guitarist/songwriter).
JELALEDDIN LORAS is the Founder/Director of the Mevlevi Order of America, who have active circles in many cities on the West Coast, New York, Maui and Honolulu. Jelaluddin came to the U.S. in 1978 because his father, Suleyman Dede, the Mevlevi Grand Shaykh of Konya, asked him to bring the Mevlevi teachings to the West. Jelaleddin lives in both Hawaii and Konya, Turkey, and travels widely.
TANYA “TEFHEDE” (TANYA EVANSON) is a writer, poet, dancer, and the Director of Mother Tongue Media. Tanya became a semazen/whirling dervish in 2002, and lived in Istanbul from 2004-08, when she also toured with the Turkish electronic world music group, Mercan Dede. Tanya graduated from Concordia University’s Creative Writing program and also studied and trained in classical ballet, West African dance, and yoga. She has self-published five chapbooks.
OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK is a Turkish musician known for playing the Ney in the Sufi style. From age 16-25, Omar lived in Istanbul and studied folkloric roots, and also Arabesque, Turkish and Western styles. He met Mevlevi Dervishes, and did not join the order, but became influenced by the mystical approach. Omar was nominated for Best Middle Easter Music Artist by the BBC in 2003.
FARIDA MAHWASH is a popular Afghan singer, and the first female in Afghanistan to be given the honorific title of “Ustad,” or master of music. After the Taliban assumed power in Kabul, Mahwash was granted asylum in the United States, and has been living in the U.S. since. The BBC voted Mahwash the Asia/Pacific Award of World Music in 2003.
THE NEYMAKER "I have been playing and making the ney for the last fifteen years. What I teach my students are the teachings the reed gives to me. The more I share these lessons with others, the brighter becomes my path. The breath of reed player is like a fingerprint and my search is for the matching the right reed for that fingerprint."
Masood Khalili is a diplomat and linguist, currently serving as Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey. Masood is the son of the famous Persian poet laureate, Ustad Khalilullah Khalili. He delivered the official Persian recitation of Rumi's work at the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth, in Konya, Turkey.