Category Archives: Sufi Prose

To Bow Before You

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I fall from the curves
of my being to bow before You
who encompasses the sun,
the stars and the moon…

(Poem excerpt from Nocturnal Light)

© 2003 Aïda Touré

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True Triumphant Beauty

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Love is an Art which is divine. Through creativity I learned that expansion occurs naturally when our higher self is nurtured, honored and loved… from there, our innate qualities unfold and spread their fragrance for all, defeating fear, greed, ill intentions and negativity; this is the quintessence of true triumphant Beauty.

The process of receiving such Grace is filled with long pauses before and during activity so the ability to understand balance between being still and acting out of that intensity at the appropriate moment is gained. It takes tremendous patience and humility to develop this degree of service to the Beloved where the ego is annihilated through endeavors so that solely the Majesty of the Divine reigns supreme during the process: this is the dimension of Love we must allow more room for as its cosmic purpose is to be fulfilled for the collectivity’s evolution.

© 2016 Aïda Touré

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The Gift of Divine Love

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When the feminine and masculine principles harmoniously relate and come together naturally, without any of them exerting the energies of force, possessiveness nor control, they have the opportunity to experience the fluidity of balance and to thus experience divine Love. As our consciousness (Taqwah) of the Divine grows, so our capacity to give/receive Love in the healthiest ways.

This sacred approach to Union is observed by those who have acquired a more spiritual understanding of life, it takes egolessness to reach such a state of understanding and to apply it on a daily basis. Wherever the ego dominates, it’s certain that the interfering energies like control, fear, possessiveness, force will be present therefore as long as these tendencies are pronounced, a healing, deeper Love cannot manifest as such a Love only finds expression between two whole souls (of integrity) who have overcome fragmentation, the result of external conditioning based on illusion. These two souls have become conscious channels for the subtle, higher Flow of existence that transcends all materiality with all its superficial considerations~

The inner work on self bears its fruits best in the context of relationships that act as a mirror to the soul’s splendor and challenges yet known and unknown to us. Once we patiently work on ourselves, mastering our ego, we become aware of our personal issues that can be resolved as they impede the quality of our Love experience. This process creates the necessary space for reception of the Gift which is Love. This profound Love is liberating, comforting as it activates our full potential and helps us become even more conscious of the Divine Source of all Gifts.

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Unless their Heart is Pure

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“Beauty deliberately withdraws and curls around itself in the presence of possessive energy for Beauty is too subtle, it is elusive, it can not be captured, it can only be admired, it can be breathed… It takes reverence, patience and pure intention to know Beauty which is like a precious, shy child who will not allow anyone to draw closer unless their heart is pure.” ~Aïda Touré

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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The Music of the Spheres

La Note Orange~ guitar art © Aïda Touré

La Note Orange~ guitar art © 2014 Aïda Touré

~ The Music of the Spheres ~

When you begin to hear
the Music of the Spheres,
you can’t help
but to observe
Silence and to lead
a reverent Life~
Awaken my dear,
find the way
to yourself,
come to the Essence,
come to Love
in its sublimest form~
Learn to read
the divine notes
that ornate your soul~

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Before the Manifestation of Beauty

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What I love the most about Art is the spirit of complete Surrender it awakens in one~ No matter how appealing to the senses the external world seems, it pales in comparison to the high degree of Beauty creativity exposes one to…. this process tames the ego’s tendency to be lured by superficiality~

Creativity orchestrates moments during which the false ego gently bends until it breaks, it makes way for the majestic soul which pushes one to be deeply quiet and to listen and to let the spark-Soul be… there is such Beauty that surges from this mysterious state, the artist’s final work we see is only a fragment of this untold Beauty which is expansive, unfathomable and divine.

Let us embrace whatever dissolves the ego, the separator from the All~ness of life. Once the distracting ego is bent before the manifestation of Beauty, we do observe the new gained suppleness of the mind, the gentle flow of pure kindness it gives off in compassion to all life. Externally this is expressed too in varied ways, through the grace of anyone who has been subjected to such a rare experience which softens one to a degree that is beyond imagination.

On this note, I just completed a new 40″x30″ painting which marks the end of a phase for me, I intend to release this new art piece soon inshAllah… All praise is due to The Bestower of Beauty!

© 2013 Aïda Touré

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Love is a Shattering Beauty

Photo by David Jubert

Photo by David Jubert

One of the subjects that constantly pours forth here is Love~ For adults who have already been weighed down by the burdens of this world, it takes great mastery to succeed in dusting off the inner mirror so that the heart and outward actions clearly reflect the rays of pure intention that originally permeated it.

Rare are those who approach the object of Love the proper way so their uninviting energy always shows through the same symptoms: contradictions between action and speech, noise, restlessness, reproaches, false assumptions and projections, veiled threats in order to “obtain” reciprocity, possessiveness, unreasonable expectations, all persistently imposed as absolute realities on the object of Love.

Such unfortunate manifestation that masks itself under the term “love” usually is telling of the inner chaos and turmoil of the person who arbors this kind of “love” which is characterized by an inordinate lack of self-control that smothers, pressures the object of Love and that is such an unpleasant and coarse experience that it naturally repulses the fine-feeling soul. This type of “love” actually is immature, unhealthy and eventually destructive.

Love is subtle, peaceful and spacious, it does not force itself on the lover, nor does it disturb, it does not covet, it does not dictate how it is to be experienced, it does not attempt to capture, it is not noisy, unstable, chaotic, draining and reckless. Love is a fragrance that is exquisite, it does not need to proclaim nor agitate itself, nor does it need to scream for the object of Love’s attention for authentic Love is a shattering Beauty whose splendor speaks of itself; it glows in the utmost silence in humility, harmoniously, with purpose without having to outwardly declare nor claim anything, it is Presence and as such no one can resist its soft, inviting grace~ Only those who have mastered their egos and have become whole within can channel such a divine love, which never leads to disappointment since it does not expect, it just effortlessly flows like a river that ever reaches the Cosmic Ocean’s Bliss. Bismillah~

© 2012 Aïda Touré

“Only the Hand of God can remove the burdens of your heart.” ~Rumi

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