"Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path." — Holy Qur'an 5:16
The Paramount Need for Higher Spiritual Education
Spark No. 2 :: The Three Levels of Human Existence
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Ya Ali Madad. Why do we need higher spiritual education? The simple answer is because we have a personal world which consists of a body and a soul which can be enlightened. Let us examine these concepts in more detail:
"A human being is like a three story building, in which the body is the lowest storey, the soul is the second and the intellect (in the form of light) is the third storey, just as the Ark of Nûh, may peace be upon him, had three levels, the bottom, the middle and the top. It resembles human existence, for the spiritual ark is in the personal world (i.e., within yourself). Thus in the above mentioned three storey building, the physical (worldly) bounties are available at the ground level, the spiritual bounties (of the soul) in the middle and the intellectual bounties (in the form of light) in the upper, so that, those who strive hard for the sake of God, should be enriched, not only with the everlasting wealth of the recognition of the self (soul), but also with the recognition of Paradise through these lofty spiritual and intellectual (luminous) bounties (Holy Qur'an 47:6)."
(Source: Healing through Knowledge, p. 116)
"He who derives pleasure only and only from physical bounties and has no sense of the pleasure of spiritual bounties, namely, dhikr-u ibadat and of intellectual bounties, namely (spiritual) knowledge and wisdom, then frankly speaking, such a person suffers from spiritual diseases, therefore he should cure himself through dhikr-u bandagi, contemplation and (spiritual) knowledge."
(Source: Healing through Knowledge, p. 117)
"Microcosm is also called the personal world. Thus, potentially, you are a world. If you accept the real spirit of Islam (Holy Qur'an 8:24), you save your personal world from the death of ignorance and by the Divine tayid (help) you bring it to life from potentiality to actuality. The example of this feat is as if someone rescued the entire people of the world from an atomic destruction. Why is this feat so important and so great? It is so, because of the fact that, in the personal world (i.e., within yourself) live the people of the entire world (in form of alm-i dhar: the world of spiritual particles). It is in this sense that Habil was a personal world, whom Qabil assassinated and destroyed his inner world with all the people of the entire world (who were present in the form of spiritual particles in his personal world)."
(Source: Sublime Realities, p. 3)
From the above examples, it is absolutely clear that we need higher spiritual education in order to reach our three-dimensional, hierarchical human potential. May Mowla bless us immense barakat of his spiritual (ruhani) and luminous (noorani) knowledge so that we may all become his real, luminous spiritual children in this glorious, extended Golden Jubilee year! Ameen.
Prayer Card for the Well-being and Health of the Whole Noorani Family
Niyat and Wish List:
Let us first declare our noble intentions and then invoke the angelic salwat for exoteric and esoteric purposes. Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, we pray for:
Let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad:
O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, make us One global Jamat with One Sound Heart (Qalb-i Salim), bless us with the Golden Noorani and the Golden Jubilee Didars, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.
Peace, light, barakat, tayid, Golden Jubilee and Golden Noorani Didars,
August 11, 2008
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