Divine Breath

Medium & size: 20″x20″ oil & acrylic on canvas.

“And remember when thy Lord said unto the angels:
Lo, I am creating a mortal out of potter’s clay of black mud altered. So, when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit do ye fall down, prostrating yourselves unto him . . .”
 ~ Qur’an 15:28-29

Description: I first composed the poem “Divine Breath” in French. The whole mood and theme of the painting came from a lingering dream. I must say that I find immense beauty in the sustaining purpose of the Breath as it constantly leans us toward reverence of the Infinite, and how precious life is. The Breath is a grand phenomenon of Love. During the creative process of this painting, I viewed the Breath’s movements as similar to the paint brush’s that transcribes energy into forms and colors bringing beauty on canvas where physical eyes could not see anything.

The Breath being an extension of one’s soul, vehicles our full potential, and all those inherent qualities the ego tends to cloud. When the Breath enters and departs from the body there is an ecstatic experience that occurs; divine colors, perfumes and atmospheres become the very fiber of our being/not-Being and those alter and manifest according to the intensity of our Love… thus universes are formed through the Breath which is of divine source. I think the meaning of the painting is all in its poem.

~ Le Souffle Divin ~

poussière de diamants,
pluie chatoyante
d’amour bleu flamboyant,
étends-toi sur le néant
de nos êtres,
serviteurs du Maitre Unique,
notre Guide depuis l’Arabie antique
jusqu’au Mali!
Nous traversâmes
les eaux luisantes d’ou jaillirent
les versets divins intemporels.
O Lumière de La Première Lumière,
par Votre Grâce, la Rencontre
Infinie est enfin réelle!
dit le saint qui,
durant des nuits, se prosterne
sur son tapis de prière déployé,
tel un lit de joyaux stellaires;
Fodé Sahnoune Touré,
le voila ivre d’Amour,
dans sa prosternation;
l’offrande du pauvre qui
dans son ravissement contemple
la majesté du Plus Beau,
la Lumière Eternelle du Cosmos!

© 2011 Aïda Touré

~Divine Breath~

diamond dust,
shimmering rain of
flamboyant blue love,
expand on the nothingness
of our beings,
servants of the Unique Master,
our Guide since Ancient Arabia
all the way to Mali!
We crossed the glistening waters
from whence flowed
timeless divine verses.
O Light of the First Light,
by Your grace the Meeting is now a reality!
says the saint who during nighttime
prostrates on his prayer mat
deployed as if a bed of stellar gems.
Fodé Sahnoune Touré,
here he is, drunk with Love;
in his prostration,
the offering of the poor who
in his rapture contemplates
over the majesty of
The Most Beautiful,
The Eternal Light of the Cosmos!

© 2011 Aïda Touré