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Raqib Brian Burke

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
they’re in each other all along…” — Rumi
Words like these of Rumi inspired a wonderful Turkish Shaykh, Süleyman Dede to visit Vancouver, of all places, in 1976, to teach a small group of naive young seekers the iconic moving meditation of the Whirling Dervishes. Nothing has been the same since. 
The story has now been told, decades later, in this new publication. To paraphrase another of our Whirling teachers, Oruç Baba, 
“This is not dancing. It is therapy and healing for the world. We all need to check ourselves into these dervish hospitals “