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It is from discovering this union (seen and unseen) that a spiritual traveler declares: “Wherever I look is the face of the Beloved, the absolute reality.” In the words of Ibn Arabi, the 12th century Spanish Sufi: How can I know you, when you are the inward event who is not known How can I not know you, when you are the outward manifest who makes known to me in everything You hide in manifest, yet you do not hide from yourself. Nor do you manifest to other than yourself. You are you, and there is no other than you. How this paradox can be resolved when first is last and last is first?

How is such understanding possible? How does the limited self, or the particle, come to realize its own centrality in the universe? In Sufism, it is the essence of love that brings all back into understanding unity of being that permeates all that exists. Shah Maghsoud, 20th century Persian Sufi Master says: We searched for a while for the Divine Within the depths of our illusions, Looking there to find His signs In the being of ‘You’ and ‘I’. When love appeared, ‘You’ and ‘I’ were dissolved: And no more need To follow signs.


Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 4

Sufism: an inquiry - Vol16.4  

A journal for people of the heart.

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