“Be like the stream in generosity and in aid
Be like the sun in compassion and in mercy
Be like the night in concealing the mistakes of others
Be like the death in violence and in irritability
Be like the earth in modesty and in submission
Be like the sea in indulgence
Either, look like how you are or be like how you look.”
An important name of our Sufism history, Mevlâna Celaleddin Rûmi’s advice given hundreds of years ago still keeps its validity, doesn’t it?
When Konya is mentioned, first thing comes to mind is the Museum of Mevlâna, which is visited by milions of people each year. Each visitor feels the importance of his words over and over again. Mevlâna who deems even the most evil-minded person worthy of love, and forgiveness inspired the famous German poet Goethe and the famous painter Rembrandt deeply.
Konya Mevlâna Social Complex is the headquarters of Mevlevism in terms of mission, organization, and institution.
Mevlâna Celaleddin Rûmi’s father Sultânu’l Ulema Bahauddin Veled passed away in 1231. He was buried in the Rose Garden, which is where he had visited often during his healthy days, to comply with his will. Many visitors has been visited this modest tomb ever since. It is the first structure of today’s magnificent Mevlâna Ma’mure. When Mevlâna passed away on December 17, 1273, he was buried in a tomb that was built at the head side of his father’s tomb.
Mevlâna’s tomb that was named as Yeşil Kubbe (Green Dome) was built over the four elephant-foot pillars. From that day on, construction process did not end in the structure. It continued with additions until the end of the 19th century.
The entrance to the courtyard of the museum is through the Dervîşân Kapısı. Dervish cells are located along the north and south of the courtyard. On the south, kitchen, Hürrem Pasha Tomb, Üçler Graveyard, and Hâmûşân Kapısı (Door of Mutes) follow the dervish cells. Sinan Pasha, Fatma Hatun, and Hasan Pasha Tombs, and the main building, which houses semahane (where the whirling dervishes ceremonies are performed), and temple sections, as well as the graves of Mevlâna and his family members, are located on the east.
While visiting the museum stop to read this plate:
“This post has become the Kaaba of the lovers; whoever comes here deficit gets to be completed.”