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from the Editor
we step beyond our limitations and become fair in our understanding?
Shah Nazar Seyed Ali Kianfar, Ph.D.
studying the teachings of Divine Messengers, we often learn that
they advise human beings to avoid passing judgment against one
another. Yet, we rarely give ourselves opportunities to carefully
examine the advice of the wise or to understand divine teachings
according to their reality. At best, we superficially memorize
words of wisdom, gradually become accustomed to them and speak
those words and phrases without paying attention to or concentrating
on their meanings.
says: Whoever has not committed a sin may cast the first
stone. This well known quotation and instruction is advice
to stop people from passing unfair judgment or remaining prejudice
toward each other. Beneath this teaching lies a deeper meaning,
other than the obvious instruction.
a human being who has not passed through the stages of purification
and who has continuously contaminated his being by distractions
and confusion profess to be a true follower of any religion?
human ego cannot distinguish good from evil until the ego is completely
purified from prejudice and unfairness and it must step beyond
limitations, otherwise one is not able to examine, deduce or make
can we step beyond our limitations and become fair in our understanding?
The Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon Him, says: Whatsoever
you distinguish and recognize by your senses is only your creation
and thus will be returned to you. Let us examine the meaning
of this statement: If we pour an ingredient into a container in
which there is already a multitude of mixtures, it will take on
the colors and fragrances of those mixtures and become difficult
to recognize as a single item in its purity. Yet, if the same
ingredient is poured into an empty, clean container, it will maintain
its identity and will be recognizable. The same logic holds true
when understanding Divine Teachings. Unless the heart of a human
being is like a mirror, continuously polished, it will not be
able to recognize the Divine Light in its purity, since the teachings
of the Divine Messengers must be understood in their purity, away
from imagination and presumptions.
the life story of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon Him,
we read that He spent much of His youth in a cave called Hira,
in a state of meditation, purification and concentration. At the
age of forty, He received divine messages and revelations. In
other words, passing through the stages of meditation and purification
are essential to understanding Divine truth. Thus, how can a human
being who has not passed through the stages of purification and
who has continuously contaminated his being by distractions and
confusion profess to be a true follower of any religion? How can
such a person pass judgment on his or any religion or criticize
anothers faith, especially when . . .
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