Pearl of Religion: Spirituality
“Whoever knows oneself knows one’s Lord” ~Prophet Muhammad (saw)
For millenniums there have been deliberate efforts to corrupt the teachings of the Messengers (as) who embodied on Earth to help in the spiritual evolution of mankind. Such souls have appeared and continue to appear in all nations and cultures. Their very existence always seems to threaten the representatives of falsehood that seek to exploit mankind as their systems’ expansion depends on the plundering of humanity’s energy and resources. This anti-evolution phenomenon occurs on multidimensional levels and it has been ongoing throughout history. It is precisely this scheme that the Messengers (as) came to help us defeat, by making us aware of: our direct connection with the Divine Reality, our embodiment of all the richness derived from it which is what the usurping systems’ representatives target and covet. Every mechanism necessary is put in place to distract mankind from fully experiencing this timeless connection which leads to Enlightenment and thus independence from institutions of falsehood and exploitation.
For eons, the very field that has always been infiltrated first in order to establish the systems of dis-order and falsehood is religion; it is this strategy that has been used to invade and destroy great civilizations that bore light thanks to their high spiritual development. The purpose of this subversive tactic is to remove the spiritual dimension from religion so that the masses are left with a shell, emptied of its precious pearl; this is what has happened in many religious traditions that were corrupt in order to deliberately mislead the masses. The spiritual, feminine aspect within religion propels mankind toward the Truth/Freedom, therefore it has been consistently suppressed by usurping religious authorities. A shell, when emptied of its pearl becomes useless, just like the human body emptied of the soul-the pearl must be buried, it is the same with religion which is the shell of spirituality, the pearl. Without spirituality, religion becomes useless as it leaves mankind completely dependent upon materialistic, power-hungry religious authorities whose dogma for the most part usurped the authentic Message of the prophets (as).
As I revere diversity, I advocate respect for all religious traditions, yet we should not rely solely on the perspectives of scholars or religious authorities as we are well aware of the harm this tendency has caused to mankind. Sadly oftentimes, these scholars and religious authorities we blindly follow are the ones who have misinterpreted the teachings of the Messengers (as) in order to fulfill the agenda of whatever institution they were/are serving at the time. Their claim to be exclusive representatives of The Divine on earth is a scheme to subdue the masses, all of the Creation is representative of The Divine, with incredible innate potential to uncover.
In order to experience the sages’ message in its pure form, we must polish our Heart, the mirror of the Universe’s Harmony, it is this innate Harmony that the messengers (as) came to awaken us to and it is a reality filled with wonders! We must do our own research and seek knowledge as the Qur’an recommends us to do: “You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.” (17:36) Quran
In this sacred process of seeking knowledge, there are two kinds of resources:
– the tangible ones that are historical sources as close as possible to the authentic teachings of the sages (as),
– the intangible ones that constantly flow through the Cosmos and our very being. Having access to this knowledge ultimately occurs by the Will of The Divine~ this is where the primordial importance of Contemplation/Prayer/Meditation/Remembrance comes in as these rituals still the mind and quiet our inner being enough to allow the individual to hear the currents from her/his spiritual soul, the breath of The Divine.
The state of Islam/Surrender implies harmony with Cosmic Law which is true freedom as there is no intermediary between mankind and The Divine, every one is a representative of Hu on Earth so this makes the quest for knowledge incumbent upon the individual, as there is no clergy, no institutional hierarchy in Islam; the individual is thus responsible for the development of one’s full potential and use of her/his capabilities which is the essence of Jihad/the Struggle. Being a Muslim means “being surrendered to The Divine only” not to any creation, nor any earthly institutions, nor any man-made authorities that have motives to keep human souls bound for their own benefits.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you.” ~Jesus (as) –Gospel of Thomas.
“If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.” ~Jesus (as) –Gospel of Thomas
© 2010 Aïda Touré