Monday, April 30, 2007

Islamic Beliefs

Islamic Beliefs Cover 1. I believe that Allah is the Supreme Creator and Sustainer, all-knowing and transcendent and yet the arbiter of good and evil, the final judge of men.
2. I believe in the Five Pillars of faith: 1) praying five times daily, 2) charity through alms-giving, 3) fasting during the ninth month, 4) pilgrimage to Holy Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and 5) profession of faith by acknowledging, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is His Prophet."
3. I believe in the Koran as the Word of God and sacred scripture mediated through the Angel Gabriel to Mohammed.
4. I believe in the direct communion of each man with God, that all are equal in the eyes of God and therefore priests or other intercessors are unneeded.
5. I believe in the pure transcendence of God, great beyond imagining -- no form or idol can be worshiped in His Name.
6. I believe that the soul of man is immortal, embodied once on Earth, then entering Heaven or Hell upon death according to its conduct and faith on Earth.
7. I believe in the Last Judgment and that man should stand in humble awe and fear of God's wrathful and vengeful power.
8. I believe that truthfulness should be observed in all circumstances, even though it may bring injury or pain.
9. I believe that salvation is only obtained through God's grace and not through man's efforts, yet man should do good and avoid all sins, especially drunkenness, usury and gambling.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mantle Of Initiation Or Al Khirqah

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Book: Mantle Of Initiation Or Al Khirqah by Gerald Elmore

The short work translated here in its entirety is important for at least three reasons: Firstly, in its conclusion it gives the precise line of descent, or derivation (nasab) actually, four of them of Ibn al-iArabs formal spiritual affiliation with the hierarchic Messenger of God as represented by the Shaykh himself. Second, the main body of the text constitutes an attractive literary composition which begins by adumbrating the author view on the Tradition of investiture of the f-f mantle of Initiation (ilbas al-khirqah), then proceeds to offer an extended string of moral imperatives pearls of wisdom (cikam) cultivated over a long life of intensive mystical experience. At the time of setting the Nasab al-khirqah to paper that full, rich life was drawing to its natural close which brings us to the third distinction of the book: the fact that it represents Ibn al-iArabs maturest thought on the right conduct of life.

The four most serviceable manuscripts of the Nasab that I have seen are MSS. Esad Efendi 1507/ff. 87/98b, Uehid Ali Para 1344/156b/159b, Uahir yah 5924/21b/25,3 and Nafiz Para 384/228b/235. Of these, Uehid Ali, copied in 948/1541, is materially the earliest, but Esad Efendi purports to be based on a certified master-copy in the author own hand, which was dated 633/1236. For the most part that claim may be taken at face value, so Esad along with Uehid Ali and Uahir yah will form the basis of the text translated here.4 Nafiz is also useful, however, for being fully vocalized.

I first edited and translated the Nasab al-khirqah in the spring of 1993 during a study-mission to the magnificent Suleymaniye Kutuphane in Istanbul. At the time I did not know that Addas had already reached an advanced stage of work on the same project, and having completed my immediate task involving the Anqax mughrib source-material, I decided to take the opportunity to collate the text of the Nasab on the basis of the best manuscripts available in Turkey. Later this collation was expanded to include two sources at Princeton and photocopies of other manuscripts.

At a later date I plan to publish my edition of the Arabic text of the Nasab, along with a more detailed study of the form and content of the document. For the time being, however, Ibn al-iArabs own voice remains clear enough herein (despite the inevitable distortions of translation) that we may trust him to speak for himself. My own close work with this Little Book has affected me more personally than with any other writing by the Shaykh. If that counts for companionship (Bucbah), then we all might be Akbarians who read the present work with attention, in shax al-Lah!

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Taoism And Chinese Thought And Religion

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Defining the features of Taoism (or Daoism) as one of the predominant trends in the history of Chinese thought involves accounting for its religious traits. As often happens outside the Western hemisphere--Buddhism may be the best-known example, but the same is true of Islam--the boundary between thought and religion in China is tenuous, unstable, and sometimes simply impossible to identify. Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and other legacies have defined themselves as "teachings" (jiao) or "lineages" (jia, a word that primarily means "house" or "family"). The terms for "philosophy" and "religion" (zhexue and zongjiao) have become part of the standard Chinese vocabulary through late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century translations of Western books.

In a general way, Taoism may be defined as a traditional form of thought and religion, based on some central notions, cults, and practices but never subject to systematization as a whole, and syncretic but at the same time self-contained--in the sense that while it integrates many elements from other traditions, it frequently emphasizes its distinction from them. These basic features underlie different formulations of doctrinal notions and a large variety of practices, ranging from self-cultivation to communal rituals.

Historically, the Taoist tradition has consisted of several schools, or rather lineages, usually based on one or more primary texts and associated with one or more divine or semi-divine beings. As a whole, these lineages and corpora have represented the higher but "unofficial" form of native religion in China (Seidel, 1997). This definition points to the complexity of questions that surround the status of Taoism and its relation to Chinese religion; it is also relevant to its relation to Chinese thought, for the beliefs and practices of Taoism as a religion were often formulated with reference to ideas and notions formulated in its early doctrinal texts.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

High Lights Of The Fifth Knowledge Lecture

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Book: High Lights Of The Fifth Knowledge Lecture by Order Of The Golden Dawn

Some of the material in the Fifth Knowledge Lecture will come as review material to the Philosophus as it has been covered in other grade material in this grade and previous grades. However, it is essential for the Philosophus to have a good working knowledge of the material, therefore, most of it will be reviewed. In addition, some material may appear for the first time. If we take the languages of Greek, Latin and Hebrew, we come up with the three beginnings, A and Z, a and t, and Alpha and Omega. By using these three languages together, we can form a word, based on the beginning and ending of each language, called Azoth. It is used with a number of different meanings, but it generally refers to essence. The following is a review from other material, however it is covered in Knowledge Lecture Five so we will review it again, and that is Ain - the negative (no-thing or naught) }ya, Ain Soph (limitless) wsya, Ain Soph Aur (the limitless or boundless Light) rya wsya. You will note and remember from an earlier lesson that these are the Veils of Negative Existence.

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The Astrological Metaphors

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Book: The Astrological Metaphors by Giuseppe Bezza

All the signs are opposite to other signs: Taurus and Capricorn, for example, are opposite to Virgo since these signs injure the stars that are in Virgo; and Leo is opposite to Aries, as Leo truly eats the Aries ; and Sagittarius is opposite to Leo, since Sagittarius means bow-shooting. Moreover ,Aquarius is opposite to Gemini, as well as to Libra : in fact, Gemini and Libra, mean the Writings and the art of calculation and fairness and justice while Aquarius means the injustices and the impostures; finally, Pisces are opposite to Cancer and the Cancer is opposite to Scorpio and also the stars that are in these signs are opposite to each other. As far as the friendship is concerned it is based on three conditions, among Which the most important is the condition which is produced by essence, which is that of the Sun and of Mars since both are hot and dry, or that of Venus and of the Moon because both are damp and cold and also since the exaltation of the Moon is the domicile of Venus.

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Messianic Judaism

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Messianic Judaism is a religious movement of individuals "who believe in Jesus as Messiah, but which retain their Jewish identify."

The group follows an Evangelical Christian belief system, including the acceptance of key cardinal Christian beliefs: the Trinity, the virgin conception of Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus Christ), his sinless life resurrection and ascension, the atonement, etc. They combine Jewish practices, celebration of holy days, etc from the first century CE with the beliefs established by the Pauline Christians and their successors in later centuries. Among their membership are many ethnic/cultural Jews.

A key difference between Messianic Jews and Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews involves their beliefs about the Messiah. This difference is sufficient for Morton Klein, the President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), to have allegedly declared that a Messianic Jew is a "former Jew." Another difference relates to the conservative Protestant theology of Messianic Judaism.

There are many references in the Hebrew Scriptures to the coming of a Messiah who would inspire Jews in Israel to rise and throw off oppression from occupying military powers. Most Jews believe that the Messiah has yet to come; Messianic Jews believe that Yeshua of Nazareth was the expected Messiah.

Messianic Jews consider themselves to be fully Jewish. They maintain a "Jewish lifestyle of faith....[they] celebrate all of the biblical holidays (i.e. Passover, Succot, etc) as well as many of the customs which are consistent with the Scriptures." 10

Within Messianic Judaism, there exists a wide range of beliefs:
- What might be called an "Evangelical Protestant" wing of Messianic Judaism has accepted Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as the Messiah. They have also adopted the theology of Evangelical Christianity. Some add an additional criteria: the belief "that G-d wants the Jewish people to remain a distinct and obedient nation until the end of time."

Note: Jews frequently use the term "G-d" and "L-rd" to refer to their deity. The regard his full name as so sacred that it must not be written or pronounced.

Messianic Jews retain Jewish symbolism, heritage, culture, seasonal days of celebration and many details of religious observance. They also regard themselves as an integral part of the "Body of Messiah" - what countless conservative Christian denominations refer to as the "Body of Christ" - the followers of Yeshua who have accepted and worship him as Lord and Savior, and as a member of the Christian Trinity.

The doctrinal statement of the Christian Jew Foundation, for example, is indistinguishable from that of other Evangelical faith groups.

Messianic Bureau International's essay "Why you need Messiah" similarly supports Evangelical Christian belief when it states:
- Those who hear and place their trust in Him {Yeshua] as Savior and L-RD are rescued (redeemed) from the curse of sin and death and will live eternally. The full promise will appear when Messiah returns and the resurrection of the dead takes place.
- If you do not know Yeshua as your Messiah and/or Savior, you can receive Him now by confessing your sins to Him, then asking Him to come into your life and make you a new person. Your entry way to G-d's throne will be made clear and you can then learn all that His Word says, because you will have the strength through His presence in you.
- What might be called a "Jewish Christian" wing of Messianic Judaism closely resembles the original Jewish Christian movement. This was the group of reform-minded Jews who were followers of Yeshua. They formed a group in Jerusalem immediately following Yeshua's execution circa 30 CE, under the leadership of James -- Yeshua's brother. They worshiped and offered sacrifices in the Temple; they circumcised their male children; they followed all of the Jewish festivals; they observed Jewish dietary laws. Later, circa 36 CE, Paul introduced Pauline Christianity to the Gentiles.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Liberation In Jainism

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Liberation in Jainism actually means liberation of soul from matter including the karmic matter. For human beings it is freedom from cycle of births and deaths and the impurity of karma. Karma is what binds the soul (jiva) to the matter (ajiva). Jainism recognizes seven tattvas or principles namely jiva, ajiva, asrava, bandha, samvara, niraja and moksha. A jiva (soul) becomes free from ajiva (matter or material body) through various stages to reach the highest state of absolute liberation called moksha. Asrava is the flow of kamric substance into the body of jiva. Bandha is the bondage that binds the soul to the body, caused by wrong belief, non-renunciation, carelessness, passion and the vibration caused in the soul by the actions of the body, mind and senses. Samvara is that which prevents the inflow of karma completely. Niraja is that which nuetralizes and eliminates all the previous sins and purifies the soul. Moksha is the state of complete liberation, to which soul can reach to experience its highest and purest state of blissful consciousness. Jains take the concept of liberation to its extreme when they ultimately subject their bodies to self destruction through fasting and other austerities to attain liberation. Suicide is an acknowledged short cut to liberation in Jainism. It is prescribed as an alternative to extreme asceticism when one is unable to overcome attachment and passions. A monk is also allowed to kill himself after twelve years of ascetic practices to attain nirvana.

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Chart Of The Great Ultimate Or Taiji Tu

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The relations among the different cosmological configurations that intervene between the Dao and the "ten thousand things" are illustrated in the Chart of the Great Ultimate (Taiji tu), which was discussed at length by both Taoist and Neo-Confucian authors. Texts in the Daozang (Taoist Canon) contain several versions of this chart; the one reproduced below is the best-known version.

On top, the chart depicts the Absolute (wuji) as an empty circle.

Below is another circle that represents the Great Ultimate (taiji) as harboring the Two, or Yin and Yang, shown as two semicircles that mirror each other. Each semicircle is made of black (Yin) and white (Yang) lines that enclose each other, to depict Yin containing True Yang and Yang containing True Yin. The empty circle within these lines corresponds to the empty circle on top, alluding to the notion that Yin and Yang are the "function" or "operation" (yong) of Emptiness, which in turn is their "substance" or "core" (ti).

Following this are the five agents (wuxing), which constitute a further stage in the progressive differentiation from Oneness to multiplicity. The lines that connect the Agents to each other show the sequence in which they are generated, namely Wood, Fire, Soil, Metal, and Water. In the configuration of the five agents, the Great Ultimate is represented by the central Soil (which is said to have a "male" and a "female" aspect) and reappears as the small empty circle below, which represents the conjunction of Water and Fire ("Great Yin" and "Great Yang") and of Wood and Metal ("Minor Yang" and "Minor Yin").

The circle below the five agents represents the joining of Heaven and Earth, or the active and passive principles that respectively give birth to and support the existence of the "ten thousand things." The state of multiplicity is represented by the circle at the base of the diagram.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Queen Of Sheba And Her Only Son Menyelek

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Book: The Queen Of Sheba And Her Only Son Menyelek by Ea Wallis Budge

This volume contains a complete English Translation of the famous Ethiopian work, OThe Kabra Nagast,O i.e. the OGlory of the Kings [of Ethiopia].O This work has been held in peculiar honour in Abyssinia for several centuries, and throughout that country it has been, and still is, venerated by the people as containing the final proof of their descent from the Hebrew Patriarchs, and of the kinship of their kings of the Solomonic line with Christ, the Son of God. The importance of the book, both for the kings and the people of Abyssinia, is clearly shown by the letter that King John of Ethiopia wrote to the late Lord Granville in August, 1872. The king says: OThere is a book called OKivera NegustO which contains the Law of the whole of Ethiopia, and the names of the Shams [i.e. Chiefs], and Churches, and Provinces are in this book. IEpray you find out who has got this book, and send it to me, for in my country my people will not obey my orders without it.O The first summary of the contents of the Kabra Nagast was published by Bruce as far back as 1813, but little interest was roused by his somewhat bald pricis. And, in spite of the labours of Petorius, Bezold, and Hugues le Roux, the contents of the work are still practically unknown to the general reader in England. It is hoped that the Translation given in the following pages will be of use to those who have not the time or opportunity for perusing the Ethiopic original.

A full discussion of every portion of the work, with extracts giving the original texts of the authorities used and quoted by Isaac the scribe, would fill another volume, and the cost of printing, paper, and binding is now so great that the idea of producing such a book has been abandoned. A Translation of the Arabic text describing how the Kingdom of David was transferred from Jerusalem to Ethiopia has been added, for this interesting document is practically unknown in England. The pictures of events described in the Old and New Testaments, given in this book, are taken from Ethiopic MSS. in the British Museum; they show as nothing else can the religious beliefs and traditions of the Ethiopians, and at the same time they serve as examples of the drawings and designs with which they illustrated their manuscripts. Nearly all of them depict Scriptural events described or referred to in the Kabra Nagast.

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