Note #1: In the Jodi Foster movie, ‘Contact’, there is that incredible moment when they have been deciphering the alien signal for information and her friend the blind man, with precious sensitivity to sound cries out as he listens, “There is a lot more here . . . in the overtones.” As I try to find pieces of meaning, one overlaps with the other, one is the other and thus the title, There is So so much here. Perhaps we cannot not understand it but it evokes in us meaning.
~ Wisdom ~ Compassion ~ Purity ~ The Covenant ~ Self Sacrifice ~ and Unity ~
TWICE in this class, Shahabuddin told us to throw away all we thought we knew about first the Story and then later in the class what we thought we knew of Universal Worship. ~ Unlearning is challenging ~
Help: Could someone please transcribe the first 2 min 45 sec of this video and submit it as a comment below or send it as an Email. ‘sufiservices@iCloud.com’ – – – Shams
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We cannot adequately put into words what these photos mean
We know them in a deeper way, perhaps we know them directly
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SILSIL SUFIAN ~ Past Masters in the Chain of the Sufis
1970 Paper by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Video commentary by Shahabuddin
Our destiny as a human being, and the whole forward thrust of evolution of which we are the spear-head leads us to aspire to the state of luminous and omniscient consciousness. It is a through a kind of compelling purposefulness were to drive the part into assimilating the consciousness of the whole. To this, God beckons us, says Ibn ‘Arabi. We are invited to participate and indeed partake into he divine consciousness in the measure of our degree of evolution.
If the is an obstacle to this luminous state of conciseness, which avers itself to the be our ultimate raison desire, it is because we are blinded by the appearance of this phenomenal world to the extent of failing to see that which appears through it. Consequently the appearance has become, as the Sufis say, the screen or the veil that which strives to appear.
Meditation, and generally all spiritual teachings aims at liberating the adept from this so-called mirage with a view to leading her to the clear vision called illumination. The relevant technique to this end consists in a modification of the setting of the optical focus of consciousness, and involves a work directed upon oneself.
The same spectacle appears different according to the modulation of the vantage point of consciousness. Ibn ‘Arabi’ is noted amongst Sufis for his knack in flashing alternately two polarized perspectives of the same realty by the permutation between the point of view perceived by individualized consciousness and the panorama such as it manifests to view before the divine consciousness.
Shahabuddin: So think about this for a moment. Here is Ibn Arabi not just by his presence but even by his words could trigger in us these two perspectives.
Shahabuddin: “Yes, this is where my body is, yes, this is where I am.
Yes, but at the same time, Yes, this is who I am and who I am is calling what I am. So let me shift for a moment to the ‘Who I Am’
and I can call the ‘What I Am’
Shahabuddin: Ibn Arabi platform of teaching can be so appreciated today. He acknowledged our everyday consciousness . . . and he acknowledged our infinite consciousness . . . And he did go back & forth between the two. . . . This thin isthmus . . . such a gift
“ Should a human being appear, God is hidden, and should it be God who appears, the human being now fails to appear. ” To see both together one must need be suspended upon a threshold. How rare are those moments! And how sublime! This is the great challenge, and precisely this the aim the esoteric schools which have a flair for the need of our time.
Shahabuddin: Omar Khayam actually said, “ Eat of this world, be happy in this world. But be aware of the limitation, tomorrow this world will end” For us in a sense we want it to end today . . . Rabia said, “I am eating the bread of this world, while doing the work of that one“
The two terms of this dichotomy, far from being equal, aver themselves to be incommensurable. Thus, while that which is manifested is the object of our sight, that which manifests through the manifested can never be seen except in as much it as is unveiled through the manifested scene. Without the manifested, the non-manifested cannot be seen, for it is not itself endowed with form, and yet it is the real objects behind the medium through which it appears. Thus One is at the same time the one who manifested Itself (God) and the one through and in whom God manifests Itself.
Shahabuddin: In the infant we sense something behind . . . For the mystic they seek this moment . . . In Everything they see . . hear . . taste . . .
Conversely, while the creature’s consciousness seems to be the subject that witnesses, the real subject of all knowledge is the non-manifest. All that the real subject cognizes is Itself, through a being in whom It discovers Itself and in whom and through whom It is knowable, in the measure of the receptivity of that being to Their potentiality.
Shahabuddin: In other words . . . when the wall of separation begins to thin. Then the created becomes the instrument of the creator and . . . then the formed and formless . . . and the . . . wow
Consequently the more translucid the individuated consciousness becomes, the more it assimilates the unseen object.
Shahabuddin: The Espresso Cup and The Ocean Example
Thus, The One is simultaneously the subject of all contemplation and the individuated consciousness; it is That who thinks me and cognizes Itself through me and in me , and, although It knows Itself eternally in the principle of Its being, That Being can only cognize Itself in the contingencies latent within Itself through the creature, that is you and me.
Shahabuddin: We are saying God purposely limited itself . . . to only be able to discover Itself in Us . . . out of Love . . . to make the human being the instrument through which it can discover itself . . . while at the same time, automatically, ‘Humility’ . . . and we will drink it all as fine wine and get completely drunk 😉
A Helpful hint for Experiencing Ibn Arabi.
. . . Shahabuddin begins with an apology for lack of gender correctness . . .
“Therefore He knows Himself through the knowledge that I have of Him.”
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“Because it is the knowledge that He has of me. At the zenith of my consciousness, I know myself with he knowledge that He has of me.
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“That is in my external potentiality in the divine mind. Paradoxically thus, the one in which He knows Himself is the one who knows Him.”
“In order to manifest His essence through me, He projects His image into existence in me.
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“Conversely my existence was latent in the divine essence and that I manifest of the essence must need be individualized and particularized, although the total essence is present in each of its manifestations.”
. . . S: ” Yah Hu “