Garden of the Sufis

Beauty is a central element in the practice of Sufism and its visual expression is given great importance. Every single creative act on the Path of Sufism is directed toward manifesting the unseen Beauty of the Divine. Every act is a vehicle for appreciating the Unity of Humanity with the Divine. As the Divine Calligrapher paints with the pen of the human heart, the Sufi artist lets himself or herself be painted.This spiritual aethetic demands a level of selflessnes and devotion in which nothing is created for its own sake; in which everything points toward our reunion with the Beloved. Both the viewer and the artist must let go of all attachements, including attributing one single spiritual meaning to the form. Enter the mystery, ambiguity, playfulness, symbolism and metaphor of Sufi imagery.

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