Garden of the Sufis

Poetry plays a central role in the practice and expression of Sufism. In its attempt to express the inexpressible, poetry can bring us to a closer understanding of our inner worlds and in the process help us find a connection with the Divine. Sufi poetry often relies on the power of the metaphor, which according to an Arab proverb, "is a bridge to ultimate reality". The Beloved then becomes earthly and Divine, the wine of love intoxicates the seeker, the moth turns and burns into the flames of Love, the pen is the Human Being, the Ark of Noah our bodies. In Sufism, it is as if every image contains the world. The poet then lives awake in dreams. As the Divine Calligrapher writes with the pen of the human heart, the Sufi poet lets himself or herself be written.

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