Semâ is the inspiration of Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rumî (1207-1273) as well as part of Turkish custom, history beliefs and culture… It symbolizes in seven parts the different meanings of a mystic cyle to perfection (Ascension-Mirac).
Contemporary sience definetely confirms that the fundemental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve and the shared similarity among beings is the revolution of the electrons and protons in the atoms, which consitute the structure of the smallest particle to the stars far in the sky. As a consequence of this similarity, everything revolves and man carries on his life, his very existence by means of the revolition in the atoms, structural elements in his body, by the circulation of his lood, by his coming from the Earth and return to it, by his revolving with the Earth itself.
However, all of these are naturel, unconscious revolutions. But man is the possessor of a mins and intelligence which distinguishes him from and makes him superior to other beings. Thus the whirling dervish or Semazencauses the mind to participate in the shared similarity and revolition of all other beings…
-Celaleddin B. ÇELEBİ-