when my heart can beat no more
I hope I die for a principle
or a believe that I had lived 4
I will die before my time
because i feel the shadow’s depth
so much I wanted 2 accomplish
before I reached my death
I have come 2 grips with the possibility
and wiped the last tear from my eye
I loved all who were positive
in the event of my demise”
Imam Ali (a.s.)
Nahj-ul-balagha, Sermon 49: Allah’s greatness and sublimity
If God is so powerful and so merciful how can he create a world where there is so much evil?
This is a question which has been asked throughout the course of modern history by many of us, believers and non-believers of theism, alike. I would like to take some time to explain what I believe the answer to this question is.
As we understand it ontologically, God is All-Powerful and All-Mighty and is the only ‘entity’ that is perfect. With that in mind we come to the realization that all attributes which we associate with God whether that be mercy, judgement, grace and goodness are only perfectly manifested in God. Hence we come to the conclusion that God alone is Good and while others can manifest this attribute, they do so to a lesser degree. Having understood that we must look at creation, which although is the working of God is a separation from Him. Therefore if creation is a source of separation from the source of All-Good, then it naturally follows that anything within the framework of that creation cannot be perfect, otherwise it self would be God. This is all to say that God cannot create a world devoid of privation and poverty and still ontologically remain God.
In the above quote Schuon conveys an eternal truth, that is that man is always forgetful of the existence and reality of God. Schuon has predicated this claim on the major world traditions such as Islam and Christianity which repeatedly speak about the forgetful nature of man. Schuon provides an intimation as to how man is to overcome this forgetful nature and that is through the constant remembrance of God. However, spiritual realization consists of a state known in Hindu mythology as ‘ajampiya jaamp.’ This state implies a sacred connection with the jaamp or word which the individual is utilizing to remember God. ajampiya is derived from the word jampiya which means to recite, ajampiya therefore means reciting without giving conscious thought to it. Thus Schuon is expressing a yearning of unity with the Divine reality. This and this alone can be considered to be true spiritual realization and comes when the individual soul is utterly effaced in the presence of the Divine.
Toronto Love - LNC (Late Night Conversations)
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Si te amo con todo mi corazon.
To believe that science is the only means through which to explain the human experience is childish, foolish and down right impudent. Science can not even begin to explain an iota of the human experience and the multiple levels of consciousness which exist within the physiological body. While I understand that we live in a society that is largely predicated on the ‘truths’ of science, I firmly believe that if we allow our children to grow up in a world which is ridiculed by these false idols then we will have failed to grasp the true nature of the human spirit, which will be lost forever.
In these powerful words, Schuon speaks to the traditionalist and provides a sound argument with respect to the modernists. The modernists, whose founding fathers can be grouped as Darwin, Freud, Marx and Niche, uphold that religion is nothing more than a deluded perception. It is based on these teachings that Richard Dawkins and other contemporaries have gained such a strong movement. Schuon addresses this by outlining that these philosophers claim to be ‘enlightened’ but they have completely disregarded the philosophies of the past which have existed since times immemorial. We can therefore conclude that these pseudo-philosophies are pernicious and are a malignant cause of the great downfall of man in the late twenty-first century.