“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.” ~ Muhyī d-Dīn Ibn Arabi
“What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.” ~ Ali Ibn Abu Talib (as)
“I am the Stone” – Imam Ali (as)
The idea of the Homunculus, a tiny artifically created human, goes back to Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity and Aristotle. His theories of reproduction lead his followers to believe in the possibility of creating tiny humans without sexual intercourse between men and women. Artistotle attributed to male semen the role of creating form and life and to the female womb to provide the vessel. Thus, in Aristotle’s theory the major share of reproduction was due to the agency of the male semen. For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans. Further it would also avoid the creation of more females, as the conception of females, according to Aristotle, was an accidental result of a surplus in purtrefied matter of the female womb. Too much menstrual blood (purtrefied matter) – in his theory – creates inferior female babies.Continue reading
“When thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Luke 11:34
“(…) He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge.” ~ Holy Quran, 112
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
In 2010 US Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee compared the internet with a super human global mind:
“The Internet is a powerful image of life’s interconnected oneness, and how the individual can interact with the whole. It is present everywhere at the same time. The Internet is not a hierarchical structure, and despite the attempts of some companies or governments to control it, it’s nature is globally democratic. As it becomes more and more present in our collective consciousness, it is more and more able to channel life’s underlying energies in new ways. It is a power and life force of its own, able to evolve and adapt like a fast-changing organism, and, like other emerging images of our time, it is reconfiguring our consciousness, rearranging our lives. For example, social networking is just one way this living web interacts with us, bringing us together in unexpected ways. “Continue reading
Dispelling Shaytan (Wétiko) – Part 2
As long as our species is blind and numb, Iblis’ main goal, and by extension the main goal of his Shaytan and Shayatin, is to make us even more numb, and divide mankind further from the creator, Allah. Mind-games are the devils' weapon of choice.
A'udhu billahi minash shaitan ir rajim
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
I seek shelter in Allah from the accursed Satan
"Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism." ~ Jack D Forbes
What is Wétiko? What are the Shaytan? Who is Iblis?
Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko. The phrase and collective sickening spirit it describes was first brought to wider public attention by Jack D. Forbes, a Native American healer, scholar and political activist.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī
Autumn (2017) – I am the featured artist for Esoteric Quarterly, an independent, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the trans-disciplinary investigation of the esoteric spiritual tradition. Thank you! Continue reading
المتين – The Eternal, 54th name
“If they turn away, then know that Allah is your Befriender – a Transcendent Patron, a Transcendent Helper!” ~ Holy Quran, 8:40
Days pass, I pray and I awake slowly from this strange numb dream. While diving to the bottoms of the bottomless seas to recover Inji, the Pearl, I see demons, jinns, confusion, shapeshifters, screams within screams, hardened faces.Continue reading
"O Marvel! A garden amidst the flames." ~Ibn Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq
"We are unaware of our own manifestation in this garden, the narcissus does not see it's own spring with it's own eyes.” ~ Mir Dard
When do we really see and take in the delicate beauty of a flower, the majesty and care of trees, the ever changing colors, forms and appearances of a bloom?
“The Arabesque (…) transfigures the object of nature it decorates (…) into a weightless, transparent, floating pattern extending infinitely in all directions (…) the object of nature has become under the Arabesque treatment a window onto the infinite.”
During my work on this blog, while researching, reading and writing about Islamic philosophy and arts I have come of course very early unto the Arabesque. The Arabesque pattern – sometimes foliate but commonly geometrically structured patterns of different shapes and coloring, known from Islamic decorative arts but also from music – has captured my interest.Continue reading
"The graphic symbol of the Greatest Name of God (ism allah al-a'zam), is also known as the Seal of Solomon (khitam sulayman): a symbol which from quite early on plays a major part in the history of Islamic esotericism, especially in magic and the occult (...) It derives from a poem attributed to the first Shi'ite Imam 'Ali (as). * "