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Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union with the Almighty
12-01-2010, 02:39 PM,
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Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union with the Almighty
al-Ghazali, Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union with the Almighty Wrote:How can one trust the evidence of one's senses? Sight is the most powerful of our senses, and we could stare at a shadow and judge that it is fixed and not moving at all. Yet, at the end of an hour's watching, we find that the shadow has moved, not all at once, but gradually or little by little: it has been moving all the time, and never was in a state of rest. The eye looks at a star and sees it reduced to the size of a coin (dinar), whereas geometrical computations show it to be larger than the earth."

"Perhaps there is something beyond reason which would show that reason in turn is in error, just as reason showed the error of the evidence of the senses."

"Could one not imagine oneself in a state which compares to being awake, just as wakefulness compares to being asleep? Being awake would be like the dreams of that state, which in turn would show that the illusion (of the certainty) of rational knowledge is nothing but vain imagination. Such a state might be the one that the mystics claim...

-al-Ghazali (1058-1111), Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union with the Almighty

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12-02-2010, 04:55 AM,
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RE: Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union with the Almighty
I loved that! How true is that though, especially...


Quote:Could one not imagine oneself in a state which compares to being awake, just as wakefulness compares to being asleep? Being awake would be like the dreams of that state, which in turn would show that the illusion (of the certainty) of rational knowledge is nothing but vain imagination.
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." -- 1 John 2:6
"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly... This is the interrelated structure of reality." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." -- Proverbs 18:13
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -- Leo Tolstoy
"To love is to be vulnerable" -- C.S Lewis

The Kingdom of God is within you! -- Luke 17:20-21

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