A Purple Delight


~ A Purple Delight ~

La ilaha illa Allah
… your thoughts are a gift to me,
wrapped in a Purple delight
that unfolds of itself
in the sensitive Heart
now overwhelmed by
the mirroring of its own Love
it thought delicately concealed
in the Orange Silence
that precedes all
divine discoveries~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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The Joy of Disappearing


~ The Joy of Disappearing ~

The nearer the lover
draws to the Beloved,
the more s/he dissolves
into His Love~
Such a soul knows
the joy of disappearing!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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A Fragrance from Paradise



Maya Chae (1973-2015)

I’m sharing my poem “A Fragrance from Paradise” anew to pay homage to the soul of my friend Maya Chae who transited to the Unseen on March 7th 2015. I met Maya on facebook. Through her work it was obvious that she had a spiritual, deep sense of aesthetics that moved me so we became friends… Maya had a subtle presence, free-spirited, she was an artist, kind, humorous, always generous in sharing other artists’ works including mine. The last message she sent me was a smiley face. Rest in Plenitude Maya~

Originally posted on Visual Sufi Poetry:

wisteria-dervishes~ A Fragrance from Paradise ~

Being a mystic is a temperament,
it cannot be taught nor learned
it is inherent to the soul
like a fragrance from Paradise
one cannot help to wear.
When such grace manifests
in the material world,
tremendous beauty arises,
anyone who sees it
ends up surrendering:
“la ilaha illa Allah,
there is no reality but Allah!”

escapes from their lips~
Through the presence of mystics,
blessings abound and flow,
ecstatically merging with matter,
polishing it from inside,
turning it into myriads of lights
’til they return to their Source~
For now, let us revel in
this expansive divine love
that invades the poet’s heart!

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Be a Constant Wide Opening

Haute Court, Chandigarh, India by Chen Yen-Chi

Haute Court, Chandigarh, India by Chen Yen-Chi

It’s strange how time binds and unbinds people, how it reinforces or breaks bonds as if we were but mere instruments for profound love or total indifference; we are helpless servants of closeness or distance actualized for the mysterious purpose of it all~

Momentarily occupying space and then laying way for some deeper fulfillment to take place, we come forward in and retreat from others’ lives, like life itself we subconsciously expand and contract, depending on the current greater need…

It’s a secret dance of union and separation, of joy and sadness, of longing and fulfillment; it’s a devotional exchange whose constant beneficiary is the soul. Thus my dear, with grace learn to let go and to let be and prepare for the awakening in your next function, be a constant wide opening just like this~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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The Lightness of Your Whole Being


The greatest thing you will achieve in life is to know yourself: to know who you are beyond your status, circumstances and all these external factors that are meant to distract you from the truth of your timeless identity. Know the lightness of your whole being.

© 2015  Aïda Touré

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The Quiet, Still Mind

swan-293157_1280(1)A friend of mine once said to me: “I’m mostly quiet out of respect for myself and others.” I was deeply moved by his words because people tend to expect others to be talkative yet there is such grace to sitting in a quiet presence! Oftentimes the quiet mind is a tremendously rich one and those who possess it are deep thinkers, listeners and healers. They know what is meant beyond just words, they see through facade, they understand and read emotions, knowing how to transcribe them in untold ways. I love the grandeur of a quiet, still mind. ~Aïda Touré

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Aïda Touré: Luminous Dark Matter Opening Reception

Thank you to those who attended the “Luminous Dark Matter” opening, it was a pleasure to meet each one of you~ The exhibit runs until February 28th at Rio Gallery II, 583 Riverside drive, New York.

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