understanding the limited self. The final point may very well be the discovery of the Reality within and without and its Unity. We are, for example, capable of observing and hoping to understand the laws within galaxies, each containing millions of planets and stars, even with our very introductory and primitive equipment of the present time. This is a good indication that an individual human is capable of understanding such immensity. And this study of the universe provides a good indication that there is intellect within all parts of the universe, great and small, living in harmony. The wisdom that connects the wheels of Being together also dictates Unity. I, the limited self, become a galaxy of my own, connected to the greater universe and thus capable of understanding such universal reality. It is this discovery that sets a human being free from confinements of materialism, free from the dictates of technology, progress that has ultimately overlooked human uniqueness. Sometimes when we experience breath-taking beauty, our heart may find peace or a reason to contemplate and relate to the Reality, the Divine. The search for such Reality has never stopped in the life story of civilizations--indeed, it seems that the search for the Divine Reality is an essential part of the human being. The dust of time, and the failures of technology, may cover its surface, but the search to understand the Divine does not disappear despite the most concerted social efforts to exterminate it from society.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 2