In Sama Khana, Sufi dance involves rotating the body with a trance for spiritual purposes. It has an ancient historical background and has found both proponents and opponents in Islam.
Sama’a literally means ‘listening’. In Sufi terms, Sama’a means singing a mystical song which delights the audience in the “Zikr Jali” gatherings. And it is often referred to as ‘Qawali’, rejoicing, and dancing.
In Sufi terminology, listening to poems with melodies is fascinating. They call it ‘hearing the call of truth’, and they consider the truth of hearing to be the awakening of the heart and consider it an ‘attention to the truth’. Sufi music or sima’a is a language of love and peace which is universal.
But Amir Khusrau attributes its popularity to India. One can not find words to express the deeper spiritual emotions and mystical experiences which emanate from the Khusrav’s kalam (poetry). Yet in his Chishti tradition, the most popular musical genres are qawwalis, folk Sufi songs and Sufi music.
Remarkably, while the Hindawi dohas and riddles of Khusrau reached us through oral traditions rather than in written texts, they have for more than seven centuries enlightened the Indian people, regardless of faith and creed.
Khusrau’s all-time favourite kalam (couplets) which he composed for his beloved murshid, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, is: “main to piya se naina mila ayi re” as well as “chhap tilak sab chini re mose naina milaike”.
Khusrau says in his ecstasy: “I play the game of love with my beloved, if I win, he is mine, and if I lose I am with him!”