In sama, one hears, sees, experiences, and becomes in harmony with the impressions or calling of the Divine Lord, creating a state of vajd, or pure joy. This state of absolute awareness permeates one’s entire being and attracts the Beloved, creating the motions in sama.
Zendeh Delan has been practising sama under direct instructions of Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha for several years. It is not recommended to practise sama without direct instructions from the Sufi Master.
Throughout the history of Sufism, no one is more closely associated with sama than the thirteenth century Sufi and poet, Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi, known to many today as Rumi. Jale Erzen describes sama in The Dervishes Dance – The Sacred Ritual of Love as, “… those who revolve in sama represent the solar system and the planets that orbit the sun. At the same time they are immersed in their own microcosmos, creating new worlds and making contact with eternity.”
Rumi established sama to teach individuals that with each turn, as they whirled, the lesson of self knowledge was taught. Eager students were able to experience the truth of the teachings within their own being, without any limitations. For example, when the teacher spoke about fana (annihilation of the self in the Divine Lord), the student was able to experience this according to her/his own capabilities. This is one of the reasons why it has been said that a teacher is essential in Sufism, to help enable these experiences. Hazrat Sheikh Najmeddin Kobra has said: “In sama the heart is drawn to the Beloved and knowledge is revealed to the soul.”