When the dancers on wheel chairs perform Sufi dance, they immerse deep into Sufi mysticism that leaves no room for prejudice. It is above all religion, race, caste or creed. It is sheer advaitism (absolute oneness, one without a second, non duality) in its essence. All is one. Such a vision is surely needed to heal today’s increasingly violent and divided world.
Sufi Dance on wheel chairs is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which sufi dancers on wheel chairs aim to reach the source of all perfection,(kemal). This is sought through abandoning one’s nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the solar system orbiting the Sun.
Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, world’s first Sufi wheelchair dancer spent 20 years on wheel chairs to choreograph and present Sufi dance On wheel chairs for hundred differently abled.