The 13th century Sufi poet Muhammad Rumi [جلالالدین محمد رومی] vividly incorporates the image of dance and movement in his lyrics, while the Mehlevi Order of Sufi Islam (popularly known as ‘Whirling Dervishes’) was founded on Rumi’s teachings. Such expressions of emotive joy were among the favourites of my students, when I served as Director of Inter-Religious Studies at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. The testimony of a college student in our Honours course, ‘Awakening to Cosmic Compassion,’ gives an idea of the impact that movement and embodied meditation makes on learning.
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