Sunday, March 1, 2015

Truth Everywhere I Turn


One thing that bother's me a bit about A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and perhaps this is my mis-perception, is that it seems a bit exclusive. It seems to me it is saying this is the truth and there is no other for all else is of the world of form which is not real. However, it seems that very same "truth" of which it speaks is popping out at me at every turn from a wide variety of sources, confirming my long held belief that there are many truthful spiritual paths in this world, which if followed unerringly, will lead to enlightenment. My latest confirmation is a quote I ran across from a Muslim Mystic:

"Those who adore God in the sun" (says Ibn al-‘Arabi) "behold the sun, and those who adore Him in living things see a living thing, and those who adore Him in lifeless things see a lifeless thing, and those who adore Him as a Being unique and unparalleled see that which has no like. Do not attach yourself" (he continues) "to any particular creed exclusively, so that you disbelieve in all the rest; otherwise, you will lose much good, nay, you will fail to recognise the real truth of the matter. God, the omnipresent and omnipotent, is not limited by any one creed, for He says (Kor. 2.109), 'Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah.' Every one praises what he believes; his god is his own creature, and in praising it he praises himself. Consequently he blames the beliefs of others, which he would not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance. If he knew Junayd's saying, 'The water takes its colour from the vessel containing it,' he would not interfere with other men's beliefs, but would perceive God in every form of belief." (Nicholson, Reynold A. The Mystics of Islam. Routledge, Kegan Paul, London, 1914. Online version: http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/moi/moi.htm)