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Perception is subjected to the torment of existence, i. e. to the material world of creation, which becomes fixed in a person's consciousness between birth and death. since our original state is 'non-being', the universe inflicts pain on a sensitive individual. Wittingly or unwittingly, we spend our lives trying to escape by 'breaking losse' from matter. This is the motivation and justification of worldy phenomena.
Certain exceptional individuals are not content to accept the conditions of material existence. Instead of wasting their lives on worldly comforts, they seek non-being in self-annihilation, in the Unseen, and pursue salvation from the 'dungeon of existence' to the extent of thier capacity. Material existence is relative being, illusory consciousness, Non-being is real existence, being awak. It is the secret of 'being without being'. The existing universe is the totality of potentialities, i.e. of sense-perceptibles and intelligibles, whereas non-existence is non-individualization, the absolute mystery. This latter is the goal and the capital of those who seek realization. It is the origin and destination of the worlds of potentiality.
There is no way to achieve this except through annihilation. Annihilation means leaving relative-material being to attain the real being of non-existence. It is becoming non-existent. It is the way to ecstasy,, which is also called the way of realization and the path of liberation and Oneness. Annihilation means, in fact, a heightening of true perception: from the limited towards the pure, from the concrete towards the abstract. Un this sense, the stages of annihilation are the same as the degrees of perception, the 'presences' of being.
The signifigant feature of this system is that it is not merely intellectual; it is a process of realization through discovery and direct experience. It 'state' as opposed to 'talk'.
Mystical ways can be theoretical or practical and real. Gnostic and monistic systems do not go beyond theories, intellectual ideas, and traditional wisdom. Their followers are led through the various stages and degress without real discovery; they devote themselves to 'bookish' pursuits and discuss the interpretation of myths and dreams.
High-minded seekers do not stop here. When ther are sufficiently mature, they meet wit a guide and embark on a course of genuine spiritual development.
The 'seeker' of the theoretical phase now becomes and 'aspirant'. The expectations and consolations of the seeker are reokaced by the illuminations and progress of verification and realization.
The stages of the way of liberation are attained by direct contemplation and firsthand experience. These stages are:
Annihilation of Laws, i.e. the corporeal 'presence'
Annihilation of Actions, i.e. the spiritual 'presence'
Annihilation of Attributes, i.e. the 'presence' of potentiality
Annihilation of the Essence, i.e. the 'presence' of Ipseity.
These are also called, respectively, the stages of sense-perception, knowledge, relative occultation, and absolute mystery. Other terms may be met with, referring to these same degrees.
This is the direct route by which to escape from cosmic existence. The seeker's first step in annihilation is to leave the corporeal world and reach the realm of relative occultation. The 'occult substances' are now perceived. At this stage, with teh advent of the 'intermediacy' between the visible and the Unseen, the aspirant finds himself midway between being and non-being; he experiences states of divine love.
'Objects of knowledge' and 'occulte substances' are called 'Eternal Ideas;, for they are 'the realities of potentialities, fixed in the Divine Conciousness'.
Annhiliation of the essence is the complete cessation of individualizations, illusions, and manifestations. It is called non-individualization, absolute occultation, the secret of existence, the mystery of Ipseity, etc.
When the seeker has made sufficient progress in annihilation, he finds himself in a permanent non-being. With the complete extinction of the personal self, the stages of being are also exhausted. Absolute liberation is attained and realization is consummated.
These stages of progress on the way of realization can also be classified as:
Progress towards God
Progress in God
Progress beyond God
The phase leading up to annihilation is 'progress towards God'. 'Progress in God' occurs during the various stages of annihilation. The attainment of permanent non-being is called 'progress beyond God'. This is the beatitude of 'as though it had never been'.
The way of annihilation and permanent non-being are reached by following the mystical path. Four basic practices must be observed:
Constant Remembrance. The reprtition of the Supreme Divine Name: ALLAH. The repetition is performed with a kind of rhythmic breathing. It is not subject to restrictions as to where or how often it is to be performed. Divine remembrance is the key to stages of annihilation and permanent non-being. It is one of the msot important techniques for achieving complete inner purification.
As man is in fact the 'comprehensive entity', he contains all the levels of Divine Trugh and creation and is the bearer of all names. In order to activate this endowment and develop its latent capacity, the aspirant must begin his endeavour by practising constant remembrance. Unflagging perserverance is demanded of him if he is to succeed in making contact with the Essence.
This is genuine remembrance. It brings inner freedom and deliverance from delusions and superstitious obsessions. It enables one to penetrate the veils. It removes the obstacles that bar our way to absolute liberation. It dissolves complexities and obscurities, making everything clear and simple. It provides a safeguard against deviations. By ensuring an aptitude for austerity, it opens the way to the evolution of being. It puts one in touch with the inner realities. It leads from potentiality to necessity, from existence to non-existence. In other words, it brings one to true poverty.
Apart from the prayers enjoined by religion, this remembrance makes all other invocations and litanies redundant for the Name of Divine Majesty includes them all.
Austerity. This means constant and rigorous fasting, observed to the extent of our physical capacity. It reduces the need for sleep and talking. It gives rise to a genuine detachment and isolation from the world. By means of fasting, the aspirant achieves wakefulness and alertness. It makes a sifnigicant contribution to inner progress.
Hunger is the bread of the Prophets, the daint morsel of the Saints. It is a divine favour and a grace that is not bestowed on every seeker. It's value is fully appreciated by the Masters of Bliss.
Austerity is the true bond of union. Ardent yearning and innate disposition are passive connections. Hunger is the spur to progress, the active connection that carries us forward stage by stage. All other connections are relative and illusory, unreliable and ineffective, sometimes even harmful.
Contrition. At the appropriate time and according to his ability to bear it, the Supreme Truth places the aspirant under a spiritual obligation to undergo detachment from the worlds of illusion and conditioning. This brings him to his predestined goal, the domain of reality and absolute liberation.
The searing fire of contrition is the most effective instrument of spiritual progress. In the realm of the spirit, as in the material world, fire is a unique force fo transformation and renewal. It must be faced by all who seek salvation. Contrition is a consuming fire for the carnal self, but it is life for the spiritual entity.
Fellowship. It is helpful to the aspirant to have afriently intercouse with mroe experienced people, for this will enable him to recognize and classify the results achieved at various stages of spiritual development. (On the path of liberation the function of the spiritual guide is of seconday importance. His task consists in supplying the aspirant with the key to the spiritual treasures concealed within himself, stored within his own nature from eternity. He encourages him by conversing with him from time to time. The spiritual director is like a lighthouse: he is not the goal and he does not carry the aspirant, but simply shows the practicable route to salvation.)
In the way of verification and realization, the master does not invite the pupil. The seeker finds his own guide when he reaches maturity. Since liberation is not available from anyone on request, the aspirant must depend entirely on his own steadfast dedication. The proof of this lies in the fact that even the greatest spiritual masters have been able to lead only a handful to annihilation.
-Appendix to 'Master of Widsom of Central Asia' by Hasan Shushud
There is also a commentary, which I will post later.
A bullet to the head will take care of things permanently.
-------------------- Without everything wouldn't nothing be everything and without nothing wouldn't everything be nothing.I am the beginning and the end,the source and the void, the light and the darkness,i am but a small drop of the ocean yet i am an ocean unto myself
Quote: High doses of mushrooms will provide temporarily.
A bullet to the head will take care of things permanently
In this, my friend, you are wrong. Mushrooms will helpo put you on the path, A bullet to the head will force you into your own personal hell, which vibrates through reality. Death and Annihilation are not the same.
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