Cities of Enlightenment

May 25, 2016

Human reality is such subtle and complex creature, whose nature and character is still under study and investigations due to that fact it is indeed mysterious creature and also due to human’s limited capacity to govern out such interesting and mysterious creature, in which various people have come up with their own recipe, with the desire and ambition to know the real nature of human beings and they leave us with their own conceptions and confusions which they derive out of their given exposures and experience of life, which does not mean that what they claim is correct and their experience and understanding is a warranty to what the reality of human truly is since such varied way of looking and perceptions state that human reality is such a fascinating reality that needs quite revision and rethinking at every time as the nature and character of humans change thru the passage of time and process of life.

Different thinkers and societies have come up with different views and perceptions of the reality of human beings since such reality is not only complex and sophisticated but also unknowable and unreachable due to  its very nature in which there is a mystery that goes far beyond the ordinary and the objectively seen out, which tell that there is not only different conceptions about the mysterious aspect of the human reality but also misconceptions that could come about as result of such conceptions which can be proven out in due course of time.

Accordingly, it becomes difficult to tell that which one is perfect and absolute since varied people have derived varied concepts but at their final and last stage or consummation point of life they desire to be simple as the Hindi presume as station of Nirvana, the highest level of enlightenment and spiritual station which people reach after passing all kinds of hurdle and process of life, they prefer simplicity in life, they come down to the earth and being nothing.

Few people are heard saying that Albert Einstein said in his last days of his life, I should have been carpenter than any other thing in life as he was come about to such kinds of conclusion after inventing and coming up all kinds of theories and philosophies of life, which could tell that people prefer and look for simplicity in life after passing all kinds of things in life  of things in this world in which  such simplicity does not mean stupidity, but simplicity that seeks simple things and making life very simple than getting complicated with silly ins and outs of the daily routines and processes of life.

And they claim to the unseen and untouchable and unknowable aspect of their given reality as rational mind, the soul, the intellect and other identification, with the keen interest and desire to know although naming a thing which cannot be known is not warranty that such people know it since its nature is unknowable but it makes simple to communicate and exchange views in relation to such matter with other people so that life can have better perspective, value and meaning.

Why do people say different kinds of thinking about such reality? Why do they not come up with similar processes, perspectives and views of such given aspect of their nature and reality? Does such reality vary as per the context of any given culture and thinking? Why? How?

The Sufi Beliefs

According to Sufi tradition, we have seven souls, or seven facets of the complete soul. Each represents a different stage of evolution. There are the mineral, vegetable, animal, personal, human, and secret souls, and the secret of secrets.

I died from the mineral kingdom and became a plant;

I died to vegetable nature and became an animal;

I died to animality and became a human being.

Next time I will die to human nature and lift up my head among the angels.

Once again I will leave angelic nature and become that which you cannot imagine. — Rumi

The Sufi model of the souls is one of balance. According to this model, spiritual growth is not a matter of developing the higher souls and ignoring or even weakening the lower ones. Each soul has valuable gifts, and in Sufism, real spiritual growth means balanced development of the whole individual, including body, mind, and spirit.

There are many systems and disciplines that focus on the body—sports, martial arts, healing techniques, and a variety of other physical disciplines. Modern education focuses almost completely on the mind. Many spiritual disciplines stress spiritual principles and practices, yet they ignore mind and body. In Sufism, all of life is part of spiritual practice. Family, work, and relationships provide as much opportunity for spiritual development as prayer or contemplation.

Cities of the Soul is an inspiring fable for humans of all ages about our spiritual journey. Based on an ancient Sufi tale, a traveler moves through seven cities, each representing a different challenge and skill in spiritual growth. Beautiful illustrations and contemplative practices are included to support your own journey through the cities of your soul! Cities of the Soul is a surprisingly rich look at the personal spiritual journey for which awakening souls yearn. It is the story of a traveler who has the opportunity to visit seven aspects of Heaven and Hell and find his/her own spiritual maturity.

What others say

Enlightenment, simply put, means to bring light where there was darkness. In spiritual terms, this ‘light’ isn’t literal but symbolic. Just like the cartoon characters whose bright ideas are shown by a lit bulb over their heads, spiritual enlightenment is like a light bulb going on in the mind, giving us insight and understanding about the meaning of life that we didn’t have before.

Almost all spiritual practices have enlightenment as their ultimate goal, and while there are some people who experience sudden and permanent enlightenment, most of us on a spiritual path move through three different levels.

Level 1

At the first level your mind start to let things just be. You allow your experiences to be whatever they are without judging, analyzing or resisting. Before this level, people tend to spend a lot of time planning, labeling, criticizing and worrying. But once they reach this first level, they find that their minds quiet down and become more accepting of what is.

Level 2

When you reach level 2, you’ll feel a oneness with all that is. Here you recognize that every person, animal and even every object is connected to you and that you’re connected to all of them. The rigid boundaries that you once thought existed between you and the rest of the world suddenly don’t seem so clear – or important – anymore. This doesn’t mean you lose yourself. Your mind still functions and you can still take care for yourself and your life. But now you recognize those physical separations as being far less important than the value of your oneness with everything else.

 Level 3

At level three you move beyond the sense of feeling connected with everything else and into the realization that you are everything else – and everything else is you. You fully know the oneness of what we call God, and experience no separation from it or anything else. People who live in level 3 of enlightenment describe it as bliss, and have let go of the kind of desires and wishes that are important to most people.

What Scientology Believes

The first dynamic is the urge toward existence as one’s self. It is the effort to survive as an individual, to be an individual, to attain the highest level of survival for the longest possible time for self. Here we have individuality expressed fully.

The second dynamic is the urge toward existence as a future generation. It has two compartments: sex; and the family unit, including the rearing of children.

The third dynamic is the urge to survive as part of a group, with the individual himself furnishing this motivation. Any group, temporary or permanent, political or social, is part of the third dynamic, and each one is a third dynamic.

The fourth dynamic is survival through man as a species. Whereas the white race would be considered a third dynamic, all the races of man together would be considered the fourth dynamic.

The fifth dynamic is the urge to survive for any and every form of life. These would include all living things, whether animal or vegetable, anything directly and intimately motivated by life. It is the individual’s effort to survive to make life survive.

The sixth dynamic is the urge toward existence as the physical universe. It is the drive of the individual to enhance the survival of all matter, energy, space and time – the component parts of the physical universe which we call MEST. The individual actually has a thrust for the survival of the material universe.

The seventh dynamic is the urge toward existence as or of spirits. Anything spiritual, with or without identity, would come under the heading of the seventh dynamic. This is separate from the physical universe and is the source of life itself. Thus there is an effort for the survival of life source.

The eighth dynamic is the urge toward existence as infinity. This is also identified as the Supreme Being. This can be called the infinity or God dynamic.

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