why people show interest in Mevlana.
1. Mevlana was not an intellectual
Religion is a field of senses and emotions; participants noted that Mevlana spoke to theirhearts, emotions, senses, internal world and their self rather than their minds.
2. Different levels of meaning
Participants referred to different levels of meaning in Mevlana's works; they exploreddifferent dimensions in his poems just like different layers surrounding a rose. They getmore acquainted with his depth as they read him more. As a result of this endeavor, theybecame more encouraged to take a deeper journey into his thoughts.
Unity, harmony and integrity in Mevlana's works appealed to the participants.
The majority of the participant saw Mevlana as a friend while reading his works.
5. Personal contact and relationship
Reading Mevlana is a personal process and experience. It is an existentialist experience;his admirers joined the endeavor to explore the meaning of themselves and the cosmos.They strived as his colleagues and companions.
6. Mercy and peace
Readers of Mevlana have experienced that they found peace and mercy when readinghim.
7. Desire and yearning
Participants were attracted to the desire, yearning and love in Mevlana's works; theywanted to experience the same feeling by reading the Mesnevi.
Some participants admitted that they fell in love with Mevlana.
9. Bridge between religions
The participants held that Mevlana is a bridge between Muslims living in Europeancountries and non-Muslims. Many Muslims were welcomed in the US because of Mevlana.A number of Westerners who read and fell in love with Mevlana improved their ties withMuslims in their country. Mevlana got different groups closer. He contributed a great dealto their attempt to coexist and live together in a multicultural environment.
10. Those who do not like poetry
Some participants note that they actually do not like poetry but stress that they love