By Ostad Elahi, James Winston Morris
Ostad Elahi's figuring out the Spirit offers a concise and remarkably illuminating philosophic account of our designated position within the universe: of the inventive expressions of the divine Spirit all through nature, and of the method of the soul's deepening perfection via the entire demanding situations and classes of our life during this global and past. This revealing e-book attracts jointly in one imaginative and prescient these symbolic teachings and non secular insights customary to many Western readers this present day during the classical mystical poetry of Rumi, Hafez, and Attar. The historic context and language of this learn are marked via the confluence of classical Islamic philosophy and spirituality, together with Sufi concept, and their scriptural assets. yet Elahi's notion integrates these impacts and marks them with the magisterial imprint of his personal profound religious event and attribute simplicity, openness, and directness of expression. This quantity deals a novel masterpiece of modern non secular proposal, beginning up primary human views and chances too frequently clouded by means of the distractions of present occasions. The emphatic universality of either the topic and presentation of figuring out the Spirit issues easy methods to unsuspected bridges among varied civilizations and non secular traditions, certainly to the possibility of an inclusive "science of spirituality" in accordance with the typical flooring of every person's non secular existence and event.
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15:28–29) 3. And they are asking you about the spirit. ” (7:85) 4. So she [Mary] veiled herself apart from them. Then We sent to her Our spirit, so he appeared to her in the image of a well-shaped human being. (19:17) 5. Next He rightly shaped him [Adam] and He breathed into him from His spirit, and He placed for you all hearing and eyes and hearts— how little thankful you all are! (32:9) 6. When your Lord said to the angels: “Verily I am creating a humananimal (bashar) from clay. ” (38:71–72) 7.
Fifth Argument [from the contingency of all things in relation to the Eternal]: This is based on the situation of the eternity or contingency15 of things. For everything that we can conceive must be either eternal (from the very beginning), or else contingent (coming into existence in time). Now we can visibly see and realize that all external (physical) and mental existents have been, are, and will be contingent. That is expressed in the following (classical examples) of the lesser and greater premises of a first-form syllogism in logic: The world is subject to change.
Such things include the orbits of the planets; the motions of the stars, both fixed or changing; the shapes, colors, well-ordered bodily frames, structures, and dimensions of both animate and inanimate creatures; and so on. 2. An “irregular natural” existent is the contrary of a regularly ordered natural one. Such things include the relative height or lowness of the earth and its hills, the surging of springs and the flowing course of rivers, the uninhabited deserts and seashores, wild plants in the desert, trees in the forests, and so on.