Abstract : Verbal aspect
“My heart can take on any form:
A meadow for gazelles, a cloister for monks,
A temple for idols, the Ka’ba for pilgrims,
The tablets of the Torah, the leaves of the Qur’an.
I believe in the religion of love whichever way its caravan turns;
Love is my religion and my faith.”
Ibn’Arabi (12–13 centuries)
[Quoted from: Danielle and Oliver Föllmi, Devotions: Wisdom from the Cradle of Civilization (Abrams: New York, 2008).]
It is not surprising that The Book of Inter-religious Peace, in image and text, is difficult to accept, though people are talking and writing about the necessity of inter-religious relationships and numerous conventions are held on the subject.
So that the project can be comprehended, the reader and seer of The Book need to accomplish a tremendous leap of consciousness.
The seeker of inter-religious peace must fulfill inner psychological transformation and abandon animal nature which tends to grasp the world by means of territorial views, conditioned by the criteria of space and time. We are educated to approach the external world by pertinence to family, social strata, color, religion, profession, nation, continent, and even planet and galaxy…
One sees the other through the curtains of learned pre-concepts, generally assuming that the other is of lesser significance and therefore lacks absolute truth.
The Book wishes to break through dogma and the writer believes in a deep and nearly absolute truth: God—by the definition of HIS infinity—does not hold a passport. As the Creator, the First Source, The Divine is Ever-Existent and therefore is not born and does not die.
The finite characteristic of all creatures is perhaps the real cause of the “stratum thinking,” needing belonging as a tool for security.
As each born creature necessarily has its parents, the believers have adopted their different Gods as unique parents.
The Book, from this point of view, may offer a challenging content: It follows the Infinite and overt character of the Divine and thus considers all religious trends as infinite paths towards the exploration of The Essence.
Each path contributes a small piece to the building of an interminable puzzle or worship system, within the fleeting time/space frame, towards the attempt to grasp Infinity.
Finite human minds are unable to grasp Infinity solely by the mental faculties, which are limited to a certain intelligence quantity.
The only Way to attain a grasp of Infinity is by developing something which is not hindered by obvious limitations.
The Book suggests evolving the Wisdom of the Heart by considering the life of the great mystics and their appreciation of God’s fingerprints in Nature. One may, therefore, cultivate the Way of Love, unconstrained by comparison, hierarchy, and pre-concepts, usually existent in territorial thinking.
The concise wording and non-decorative imagery serve as equivalents to the religious and spiritual credos, and wish to mark the interminable inter-linking among all main beliefs, considering these as fragments yearning to FEEL rather than UNDERSTAND the Divine.
If mental intelligence is forcefully limited, the emotional intelligence is unlimited. One can always exercise Love and Compassion towards all inhabitants of Earth, be they human, animal, plants, or minerals.
When we feel LOVE, we naturally erase all separating notions—male versus female, nation versus nation, and color versus color.
The emotional system, when loving, tends to seek and find common denominators reigned by empathy and altruism.
In such effective state we do not deter the differences but seek and find Communion.
Compared to a part of a Virtual Celestial Garment, in which all parts are meaningful, all parts can be felt as micro aspects of an Infinite macro and therefore, the work of interlinking among the different credos is of equal importance.
The Virtual Celestial Garment is made of parts and correspondent joints.
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