Saturday, 16 August 2014
21st century Sufism meets Self-realization?
Delving a little deeper into Muhammad Iqbal's biography yields a little more about his thinking:
'In the development of this dynamic philosophy, which is expressed in Bergsonian vitalistic terms (although unlike Bergson, Iqbal regards God as being outside the process of history), the key role is played by the twin terms khudi ('self') and 'ishq ('absorbing love' or elan vital). The goal of this ethical dynamism is to expand and fortify the self (which is the only way to individual survival after death), since only when an enlarged and fortified self is realized can a meaningful community of the faithful be launched on earth as the prophet Muhammad was able ...'
~ The Hole Pitcher.
Unlike other Sufis the Shattariyya do not subscribe to the concept of fana (annihilation of the ego). "With the sect of Shattaris, the Salik (seeker, aspirant) descends, of himself, in his own knowledge - there is no annihilation of self with them".
~ Wikipedia, quoting from Ali-Shah, The Sirdar Ikbal (1933), Islamic Sufism, p221, quoting Khaja Khan's book on Tasawwuf.*
*Thanks to Cj Maddox for that information.
• By Etienne de L'Amour ~ Google+