Transcendent Reality


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Transcendent Reality is a spiritual state which is experienced by the inner-self. It represents the real awareness of the “Nafs-soul” during a higher level of consciousness. Rare moments of self-possession.

And it is a state of perception and awareness of the cosmos. Such awareness is as a result of tranquility of the thought process; the state of equilibrium of the inner-self, for it is an experience of the state of the manifestation of absoluteness. It is a triumphant moment of the reality of Nafs in reaching realization of the cosmos.

It is the “Nafs-soul” being conscious of a higher Reality which is other than itself; of a different station of existence.
In that station, this transcendent Reality is perceived by the Nafs and it may be defined differently, for every lover gives a different definition; having different experience of this station; the station of the Beloved;

Buddha calls it Emptiness.
Al-Halaj calls it “Al-Haq”
Jesus calls it “the Father”
Sufi’s call it the “Beloved”

All of these pure souls define their intimacy, with the Beloved in their own way and experiences, for the Beloved give them different tokens of love.

But All of them are aware that they are gazing at the “One”
they are gazing at the Absolute.
All lovers are burnt by the same Fire of the “One”
For it is unique and incomparable to anything else but itself.

The Nafs, in this state, never seen anything like it; no previous model; no prior experience;
so the Nafs get bewildered; drunken and thinks it is “Emptiness”
For it is the Nafs’ way to self-realization.

So Transcendence- Emptiness- is a definition of that state, in relationship to the intellect and such state is perceived by the “intellect”
but at the same time, such station of “Emptiness” is defined as “fullness” in relationship to itself, for there is nothing really exists except the Majesty of the Absolute.
So “Fullness” is a manifestation of the Glory of Allah;
is a manifestation of the “Truth:-Al-‘Haq” and the Splendor of the Beloved, where “Al-Haq” is the essential fabric of existence and everything is swimming in it.

Katib

Posted on May 3, 2007, in Islam, Mysticism, Reflections, Sufism. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Very nice – even while, at the level of doctrine, dogma, and ideology people perceive differences, at the higher levels you’ve so aptly described, unity unfolds.

  2. To Irshaad

    Thank you for your input.

    This is what Man needs today-“unity unfolds” within himself.

    Katib

  3. Salaams Katib (and Irshaad),

    The more I learn and grow the more I come to realise the truth of what you say. Although there are, of course, important differences, at a certain point it’s all really a question of language.

    Ya Allah!

    Abdur Rahman

  4. Wa’alikum Assalm br. Abdur Rahman

    Thank you for sharing your thought.

    You said “The more I learn and grow the more I come to realise the truth of what you say.”
    -As you know, the Truth is always present within us. As we initiate attempts to acquire the Truth, then the Truth responds to us from beyond time and space. These attempts are only to remove some of the veils which separate us from the Truth. Like you said “The more I learn and grow the more I come to realize the truth …” for the process of learning and acquiring knowledge of the absolute would remove some veils which have obscured our perception of the Truth within us. Therefore would come to realize some glimpses of the Truth.
    So it was your desire to acquire the truth made you realize it, and not my words.

    You said “at a certain point it’s all really a question of language.”

    – Yes it is, since the Truth is simple and it originates from the Absolute. It projects itself according to higher intellectual definitions which would not be influenced by our lower intellectual definitions of things. Therefore any language is used to define the Truth becomes irrelevant, for languages are lower definition of the intellect. In fact at a very high level of Truth’s awareness, silence is sufficient to reflect the Truth. No language is required to express the Truth, for the Truth is an essential principle of existence and language is accidental.

    Katib

  5. Mashallah! beautiful post

  6. To MysticSaint

    May Allah Bless you. I am also enjoying your posts in your blog.

    Katib

  7. Salaams Katib,

    True indeed.

    Ya Haqq!

  8. Salaam alaikum Katib,

    You said:
    “…since the Truth is simple and it originates from the Absolute. It projects itself according to higher intellectual definitions which would not be influenced by our lower intellectual definitions of things. Therefore any language is used to define the Truth becomes irrelevant, for languages are lower definition of the intellect. In fact at a very high level of Truth’s awareness, silence is sufficient to reflect the Truth. No language is required to express the Truth, for the Truth is an essential principle of existence and language is accidental.”

    If you don’t mind my suggesting this, with a little elaboration this subject would make an excellent and useful post in and of itself. Very beautifully and clearly said!

  9. To Irshaad

    Thank you again for your comment. I sincerely appreciate your suggestion. Inshallah I will elaborate on this issue shortly with gratitude to you.

  10. Salaams Katib,

    The picture’s really inspiring. Where did you get it from?

    Abdur Rahman

  11. Wa’alaikum asalam Abdur Rahman

    I am glad you like my pic’s. I have tried to find out the source but I could no remember. I downloaded them last year from a site related to the “universe”
    May be you can try: space. com they have some nice pic.

    Katib

  12. “no language is required to express the truth”
    beautifuly stated

  13. I really liked your article. Can I ask you why you put a picture like this in relation to nafs. I am asking because i once saw this blue ball as pictured late at night while i was trying to sleep. It was just a few inches away from my face and it formed out of the darkness. I’ve never been able to understand its meaning. Is this related to your soul, nafs? I saw it three times, each time it was brighter and bigger. Have you seen anything similiar?

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