Tuesday, February 27, 2007
An Iranian travel agency has organized a new vacation package in an attempt to introduce Sufi mysticism to its customers.
The towns of Bastam and Kharaqan, home to important Iranian Sufi mystics like Bayazid Bastami and Sheykh Hassan Kharaqani, will host the adventurous tourists on March 1st.
The manager of the travel agency says the idea for the tour grew out of a trend among more and more Iranians to become familiar with Sufi mysticism and the followers of the poet Rumi, who practiced Sufi beliefs in special ceremonies.
"A scholar will lead each tour to provide travelers with background information about the shrines they visit," Narges Tavakoli told Cultural Heritage News.
Bayazid Bastami, who lived 12 centuries ago in the town of Bastam, was the first Iranian Sufi practitioner who spoke of "Fana fi Allah" - the annihilation of the self in God - as well as "Baqa' bi Allah", which literally means subsistence through God.
He also had many students and followers who sought in his classes the knowledge of the "Vahdat al Vojud" or the Unity of Being.