In The early 70s , Suleyman Hayati Dede,Sheikh of Konya, traveled to North America, carrying the Mevlevi tradition. He trained men and women in the Sema ceremony--planting the seeds of Love, Unity and Beauty in many hearts. Then in 1978 he sent his son, Jelaluddin Loras to America to continue this teaching and to water the seeds.
Jelaluddin gives us a unique form of zikr, combining music with movements, which provides us with real joy to our spirit. He has brought to this culture and to this time a Mevlevi zikr that opens the Light of God. We are encouraged to purify our hearts and our actions, that everything we do may be a prayer of thankfulness to our Devine Creator.
The practice of zikr means Remembrance--remembering that every breath is a gift from God--and asking forgiveness for every breath taken in forgetfulness.