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Sufi Swirl

Khadija Bilal

Sufi swirl. Over the centuries, the spiritual belief, rituals and practices of Sufis (mystical adherents of Islam) have inspired poets and artists to create extraordinary verses and artwork. Sufism is intriguing to most because of the peace and tranquility of heart, mind, and soul that it provides. Rather than focusing on religious law, theology, philosophy and other written proscriptions, Sufis understand and experience God by turning inwards and experiencing the divine within themselves.

This painting reflects a riot of colors and unbridled energy emitting from the unique swirls and twirls of words and sacred Sufi verses. It attempts to illustrate the saying of the Persian poet Rumi’s emotional verses “we come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust”. The painting tries to serve as a mirror for the viewer as they uplift their mind toward the spiritual.

The dervish twirls in a trance, trying to liberate the soul, abandoning ego and desire, and in the process attaining spiritual perfection. Metaphorically it is like the journey of life… as spiritual souls, we are twirling through life. To get through and attain tranquility we have to transition through the cycle of pain and pleasure. Constantly looking within ourselves, accessing our thoughts and feelings, giving in…surrendering, letting go, trusting and handing over something much larger than yourself

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