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January 26


MYTHOSOPHIA #4 Mythology of Eden

Like A Rainbow

By Zaman Stanizai

Islamic spirituality consists of both exoteric and esoteric dimensions. Within esoteric Islam, Sufism is a journey from the outward to the inward—a journey between transcendence and immanence in which the Sufis become the personification of the ideal condition of fitra—inner and outer harmony. This harmony is sought through knowledge and practices common to many spiritual traditions.

Sufism, like its religious tradition Islam, shares its universalism with Christianity through similarities in contradistinction. Christianity anthropomorphically applies human characteristics to god while Islam and Sufism elevate humanity theomorphically to reach God by means of acquiring the essence of God’s attributes.

Through a potentiality of ascension, Sufism become like Zen Buddhism in that it strives to attain spiritual union with the Beloved through hal, a state much like nirvana. While the essence of Zen is in the being, Sufism’s essence is in the tension between the being and the becoming—the Sufis cease to “be,” in order to “become.”

   
 
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