Nafs, the evil side of the soul with Üzeyir Özyurt
Üzeyir Özyurt brings the invaluable insights of someone
living the Sufi dervish path directly inspired by Mevlâna
Jalâluddin Rumi. He lives only steps away from where
the spiritual master and poet lived much of his life.
Describing himself as Sufis often do as a “fakir”,
an Arabic word meaning “poor man,” in the sense of
“blessed are the poor in spirit”.
Üzeyir was born and still lives in Konya, Turkey.
At the age of 12, he began his study of Sufi
teachings and old Arabic at a highly disciplined
Sufi monastery. In his own words, he and his
150 fellow students “had to educate our ego (nafs) for serving and respect
for others.” For five years of immersion, he did not see his family.
has studied Italian, English, Spanish, and German languages, which he
uses in his travels to lecture about Mevlâna and Sufism, or to network
with international seekers visiting his Dervish Brothers Center for
information about Rumi. Üzeyir’s uncle was the director of the Mevlâna
(Rumi) museum. Üzeyir grew up in Rumi’s light (and shadow).
Üzeyir considers these as the highlights of his life: Meeting the great teacher Mevlevi
Suleyman Hayati Dede in his last year, making Zikr (prayer of remembrance) during
the Mevlâna celebration with Master Nuri Baba’s Mevlevi dergah (prayer group);
and coming to know Celalettin Celebi and other descendants of Rumi’s family.
their lives. To accomplish this you will find here teachers providing students
with spiritual tools based on principles of the Sufi tradition,
that students can then apply as they fit to make better decisions that not only benefit
themselves but at the same time help make the world better.