By Ibn al-Arabi
Journey to the Lord of energy is the 1st English translation of Ibn 'Arabi's twelfth-century textual content facing non secular ascent. 'Arabi, whose metaphysical teachings have had a profound impact on either the Muslim and Christian worlds, is called one of many maximum writers of mystical love poetry of all time.
Written in resolution to the questions of a pal, this illuminating consultant describes the evolutionary course of our better non secular aspirations--the quest for the last word truth, the adventure towards God. it really is mainly all for religious retreat, a complicated and possibly risky Sufi perform that goals on the attainment of the Presence of God via absolute abandonment of the area. figuring out the imagination's misleading energy, 'Arabi warns that this way of retreat shouldn't be undertaken other than on the order of a sheikh or by way of one that has mastered the self. each one level of the adventure is followed through a temptation which are conquer purely through an unshakable hope for God.
'Arabi explains every one step of the ascent best towards human perfection. during this perilous voyage of self-discovery, the reader will come across the nation-states of the mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds, ultimately achieving the Gardens and the Throne of Mercy. The traveller of the Sufi mystic direction is named upon to cleanse his or her center with a purpose to correctly achieve the ultimate destination--the Lord of energy
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Some seekers possess all of the favorable characteristics, while others possess only some. Thus we see that the seeker's constitution, for instance, may be a hindrance, while his spiritual striving may be noble and good. And this principle applies in all cases. I must first make clear to you the knowledge of the matrices of Realms, and what those Realms imply in this place. The . Realms (mowotin) is a term for the substrata of the moments in which things come to exist and experience actually occurs.
The condition for draWing a comparison is the mutual resemblance of the two. If that condition is met, then the returned one lives, having descended from the station of the absorbed one, so that he reaches the degree of the absorbed one and surpasses him in drawing near, surpasses him in coming down, and excels him in development and reception of knowledge. As for the returned ones, there are two types of men among them. There is one who returns to himself alone; he is the inheritors of the prophets who first manifested them.
And if you do not stop with this, He reveals to you the world of jealousy and the unveiling of the Truth before the more perfect of His faces; sound opinions, true schools, and revealed traditions; and you will see as a knower that God Most High has adorned them, among the holy knowledges, with the most beautiful adornments. And there is nothing that pertains to a station which He reveals to you that does not greet you with honor, reverence, and exaltation; its degree of the Divine Presence is made clear to you, and [ each one] loves you in its essence.
Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi manual on retreat by Ibn al-Arabi