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Principles of Sufism

Nahid Angha, Ph.D. From the Limited Horizons of the Senses

Particles are like numbers, apparently limited but in reality unlimited, so is the human individual who obeys the laws of being, yet carries with itself the universal unity. Is there any knowledge so accurate that we can trust it without harboring any doubts? Are human beings capable of understanding such knowledge? Is the mystery of the universe knowledge that humans are capable of resolving? We, humans, possess logical understanding and intellectual cognition, and we need to examine the capabilities of our mental faculties and the limitations of our sensual perceptions when we try to understand the universe. As we examine our mental faculties, we will began to understand that these tools are limited in their perceptions and will record nothing beyond their capabilities. All manifestations of the universe seem to be so minutely organized and calculated, and it is logical to believe that the foundation of the universe is based on an intellect too abstract for the human mind to perceive. Our philosophical and scientific development over the course of human history suggests that the more we learn about our universe, the more we confess our limitations in regards to understanding the knowledge of existence. It is only after such a confession that we will look for means other than the mind to learn about such knowledge. Science tells us that we must rely on our limited perceptions because there is no other option, yet mystics tell us differently; they open new doors toward a greater universe whose root is found within our own being. If humans were able to cooperate with one another to advance human understanding, if we could become more creative in our thinking processes, and if we could rely on means other than our invented words as the keys toward under-

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