When we confront our normal surroundings, sometimes we discover new rules that change what we understood to be real in the past, even though that past assumption was considered so accurate in its time. But there is no chaos in the rules and principles of existence. If at times new understanding seems to follow irregular rules or chaotic principles, it is simply because we do not know more and do not have the whole scope of existence to review. Rules of harmony, and principles of regularity and cooperation, govern existence. The simple event that may look contrary to our present understanding is like the constant activities of the sun. These activities may look irregular, but everything is a part and the result of the huge set of rules that governs the sun, its orbit, and the universe. But because we may not know the actual relationship among these manifestations and the systems of creation, we relate them to whatever principles we presently know. These principles may not be as accurate as we think they are; in the future many will be reviewed, reestablished, or even completely disregarded. Nothing is outside the universal rule of being. If even one particle could move without the approval of the whole being, then we would have probably faced our final destruction by now. The limited possibilities of sensual perceptions do not permit us to know the facts of existence. As our eyes cannot perceive sound waves, our minds cannot perceive the sublimity of eternity. Our philosophical theories, even though they have opened many doors toward understanding, will not open the door to infinite understanding. No theory will remain immortal. Every principle will be reviewed in its proper time, yet the changeless and ageless infinite rules of existence will remain; they will surround the whole being from atom to galaxy, from matter to anti-matter to wave to all those laws that we do not yet know or will never know. The rules of existence rule by their perfect justice. We, as this total being, will carry the abstract and justify the rule of universal unity. We, as the atom, still carry the abstract, but will obey the rule and cooperate with our equals as we live and perceive within our boundaries.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 3
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