"Before Newton, the heavenly realm and the earthly
realm remained separate.
The heavenly realm
was the realm of perfection, where heavenly bodies moved in perfect circles
(well, actually ellipses) and along predictable paths.
realm was chaotic; what order there was (tides, day and night, seasons, and so
forth) seemed to originate in the heavens.
Naturally, then, people
associated the heavenly realm of order and mathematical perfection with God.
Heavenly bodies were not
subject to earthly laws - the
moon does not fall out of the sky the way Galileo's weights fell from the
leaning tower of Pisa." -
A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and
"Is there really a paradise and a hell?"
"Who are you?"
"I am a samurai," the warrior replied.
soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin.
"What kind of ruler would have you as his
Your face looks like that of a beggar."
so angry that he began to draw his sword, but
"So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much
too dull to cut off my head."
As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin
"Here open the gates of hell!"
At these words the
samurai, perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.
"Here open the gates of paradise," said Hakuin.
"Behold, to the
Lord thy God belong the heavens and the heavens of the heavens."
Lakish said, they are seven, viz.: Vilon, Rakia, Shchakim, Zbul, Maon, Makhon,
Vilon serves no purpose whatever save this,
that it enters
in the morning, and goes forth in the evening,
and renews every day the
work of creation.
Rakia is that in which are set sun and moon, stars
Shchakim is that in which the millstones stand and
grind manna for the righteous.
Zbul is that in which is the heavenly
Jerusalem and the Temple,
and the altar is built there,
and Michael the
great prince stands and offers upon it an offering.
Maon is that in
which are companies of ministering angels,
who utter His song in the night
and are silent in the day for the sake of the glory of Israel.
is that in which are the treasures of hail,
and the high dwelling-place of
harmful dews and the high dwelling-place of the round drops,
chamber of the whirlwind and of the
and the retreat of noisome vapor;
and their doors are made of
Araboth is that in which are righteousness and judgement and
the treasures of life and the treasures of peace and the treasures
and the souls of the righteous and the spirits and souls which
are about to be created,
and the dew with which the Holy One, blessed be
He, is about to quicken mortals."
- Babylonian Talmud, Tract Hagiga, Chapter II
translated by Michael
"God, who is all these kinds of heavens in one, has
fallen on our heads like thunder, and God's
infinity is ours." - Henri
Parable of the People with a Higher Aim
Imam el-Ghazali relates to tradition from the life
of Isa, ibn Maryam: Jesus, Son of Mary. [Eight
hundred years before Pavlov the Sufi
el-Ghazali pointed out the problem of conditioning. In spite of Pavlov the
ordinary student of the mind is many times unaware of the power of
indoctrination. Indoctrination, in totalitarian societies, is seen as desirable
as it provides conforming belief. Many times the presence of indoctrination and
conditioning is scarcely even suspected. This is what makes almost anyone
vulnerable to indoctrination.
Isa one day saw some people
sitting miserably on a wall, by the roadside.
Isa asked: "What is your
They said: "We have become like this through our fear of
Isa went on his way, and saw a number of people disconsolately
arranged by the wayside.
Isa said: "What is your affiiction?"
They said: "Desire for Paradise has made us like this."
went on his way, until he came to a third group of people.
like people who had endured much, but their faces shone with joy.
asked them: "What has made you like this?"
They answered: "The Spirit
of Truth. We have seen Reality, and this has made us oblivious of lesser
Isa stated: "These are the people who attain. These are they who
dwell in the Presence of God."
At the time of el-Ghazali's writing
informed opinion was split between whether any type of indoctrination was
desirable or inescapable. El-Ghazali pointed out that what people call a belief
system is in reality many times an
emotional state of obsession. El-Ghazali, in accordance with Sufi
principles, stated that indoctrination and conditioning is unnecessary and that
it is essential for people to be able to
identify indoctrination and conditioning tactics.
regarded the distinction between opinion and knowledge as something which can
easily be lost. When opinion and knowledge becomes confused El-Ghazali taught
that it is incumbent upon those who know the difference to make such
indoctrination and conditioning as visible as possible.
El-Ghazali arrived at his understanding of
true knowledge through his
upbringing in Sufism, among Sufis, and through direct perception of the truth.
El-Ghazali stressed the role of the inculcation of belief, and invited his
readers to observe the mechanism involved. El-Ghazali insisted upon pointing
out that those who are learned may be, and often are, stupid as well, and can
be bigoted, obsessed. El-Ghazali affirms that, in addition to having
information and being able to reproduce it, there is such a thing as
true knowledge, a higher form
of human understanding.
His works were so highly acclaimed by his
contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title "Proof of
Islam". Al-Ghazali contributed significantly to the development of a systematic
view of Sufism and to its integration and acceptance in mainstream Islam. As a
scholar of orthodox Islam, he belonged to the Shafi'i school of Islamic
jurisprudence and to the Asharite school
of theology. Al-Ghazali wrote more than 70 books on the sciences, Islamic
philosophy and Sufism. Al-Ghazali is recognized as Mujaddid (Renewer of the
Al-Ghazali has been referred to by some historians as the single
most influential Muslim after the
Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Al-Ghazali so successfully criticized early Islamic Neoplatonism infecting
Islam built on an alien foundation of Hellenistic philosophy that Orthodox
Islam became tolerant of Sufism. Most of El-Ghazali
books were burned in an attempt to
destroy the knowledge he imparted on indoctrination and
"In the utterances of
the divine Avatars the term "heaven" hath been applied to many
diverse things; such as the "heaven of Command," the "heaven of Will," the
"heaven of the divine Purpose," the "heaven of divine Knowledge," the "heaven
of Certitude," the "heaven of Utterance," the "heaven of Revelation," the "heaven of
Concealment," and the like. In every instance, He hath given the term "heaven" a special meaning, the
significance of which is revealed to none save those that have been initiated
into the divine mysteries, and have drunk
from the chalice of immortal life." -
is defined as:The dwelling place of the gods;
the abode of bliss; the abode of the blessed after death.
The abode of
God, the angels and the souls of those who have gained
conceived of as the domains of divine beings in any of the various
The condition of supreme happiness or great comfort, delight, or pleasure;
perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as in - a
heaven of delight.
of space surrounding the earth; especially, that which appears to be over the
Earth like a great arch or dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the
sun, moon, and stars
The usual Hebrew word for
"heavens" is _shamayim_, a plural
form meaning "heights," "elevations" (Gen. 1:1; 2:1). The Hebrew word _marom_
is also used (Ps. 68:18; 93:4; 102:19, etc.) as equivalent to _shamayim_, "high
places," "heights." Heb. galgal, literally a
"wheel," is rendered "heaven" in Ps.
77:18 (R.V., "whirlwind"). Heb. shahak,
rendered "sky" (Deut. 33:26; Job 37:18;
Ps. 18:11), plural "clouds" (Job 35:5; 36:28; Ps. 68:34, marg. "heavens"), means probably the
"To Jews as well as to Judaism
- the two are often not in agreement - the thought that Dr. Jonas Salk, who
saved millions from polio, would go to hell for not believing in Jesus while
some Nazi murderer could be saved, thanks to his belief in Jesus, is
theologically and morally unacceptable." -
"A person that reads Ruhnama becomes smart .
. . and after reading it, he will go straight to
heaven." - Turkmenistan's autocratic
leader, president Saparmurad A. Niyazov. The Ruhnama is a
book that dispenses moral and spiritual
guidelines for Turkmenistan's citizens written by Saparmurad A.
Island of Utopia
"The last century, encompassing two world wars,
genocide after genocide, and the accelerating deterioration of the
living planet, has finally rendered utterly transparent the illusion that
control over Nature - and its apotheosis in the Machine - could ever fulfill
its Utopian promise." -
Island of Utopia is very similar to a Japanese or British Isle.
Each city on Utopia is made of close familial
relations, in great obedience to their common parent, whose sons all remain at
home to serve him.
The population of each city is
strictly maintained - each city with supporting agriculture will have no more
than 6,000 families.
family may have less than ten and more than sixteen persons in it; but there
can be no determined number for the children under age.
is easily observed, by removing some of the children of a more fruitful couple
to any other family that does not abound so much in them.
The oldest man of every family on Utopia, as
has been already said, is its governor.
Wives serve their husbands,
and children their parents, and always the younger serves the
Every city on Utopia is divided into four equal parts, and in the
middle of each there is a marketplace.
All production is arrayed at the
marketplace and thither every father goes and takes whatsoever he or his family
stand in need of, without either paying for it or leaving anything in
There are several religions on Utopia even in every village
with some worshiping the sun, others the moon or one of the planets.
Some worship such men as have been eminent in
former times for virtue or glory, not only as ordinary deities, but as the
The greater and wiser sort of them worship none of
these, but adore one eternal, invisible, infinite, and incomprehensible Deity.
They call the Father of All, and acknowledge that the beginnings, the
increase, the progress, the vicissitudes, and the end of all things come only
from Him; nor do they offer divine honors to any but to Him alone.
And indeed, although Utopians differ concerning other
things, yet all agree in this, that they think there is one Supreme Being that
made and governs the Earth, whom they call in the language of their country
Utopia, penned in 1515, is a
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