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Ibn Arabi, the linker of wisdoms (I).

Ibn Arabi, at the beginning of The Bezels of Wisdom, explains that in a dream he had in Damascus in 627 the Sent of God appeared him and commissioned him to transmit to humankind the content of this book. He did so, he says, "with great care not to add or take anything away from the words of the Most High, who requested to grace to take a transcendent inspiration and spiritual blow from inside his soul to preserve everything his fingers write, his tongue express and his heart keep" so that he was, as good Sufi, truly "a simple interpreter, and not someone who decides".
The goal of the book is very high, it is to articulate and 'set' the speeches of the great masters, they would seemingly different ways but share the main lines of a single underlying structure, the lace which will be revealed to him directly by divinity. God is so great, explains in the first chapter, dedicated to the verb of Adam, that you can not perceive in his entirety. It is incomprehensib…

The natural God and soul of Eckhart

God works in two wonderful ways that look very different one from the other. It works 'physically' with the sky, the stars, the moon and the sun. And at the same time, it makes 'great things' with our soul, 'spiritually'. God, according to Eckhart, is the 'power of heaven', a kind of force that flows from the air. God has this power of heaven, that is physical and operates with the stars, but at the same time, surprisingly, acts on the soul and 'spiritually'. God acts on our soul the same way as it does on the stars and stuff, that is, as a physical force. Thus, our soul would be 'spiritual', indeed, but more in the sense of being of a spirit or etheric matter (from the sky) rather than in a metaphysical sense. God must not be sought beyond the natural and physical world, since it in reality is a force that acts by nature on man and other creatures. And what we call the human 'soul', that of man on what this force acts, must be …

Having experiences, doing experiments.

I find it more understandable than ever that consciousness, thought, will, morality, spirituality... are simple empirical phenomena that should not pose any problem to positive science. It is true that for some strange reason scientific positivism has generally been conceived as totally antagonistic to the study of faith, spirituality and to the sensitivities of the human soul in general. But, are these psychological phenomena not like any other? Why must not science study them? Did not about objective facts of experience? Spirituality is a fact manifested in subjective experiences (all psychological manifestations are subjective) that can be the subject of scientific study, like any human behavior. These are personal, measurable, real experiences, beyond the dogmas of religion. It will seem paradoxical, but science and religion, in the background, they share the same objective: to know the truth, understand the working of reality. Simply. The raw material for scientific research are…

Articulating Joan Mascaró

'The Truth of the whole universe stands in front of us every moment of our live.'
'Everything is energy.'
'The sun of the Spirit shines on all things and is the life of all things.'
'There is truth in this universe. We can call it 'being of the universe' and it is in us and in everything.'
'The God at our heart is also at the heart of everybody.'
'If you love your life, love God, which is your life.'
'Everything in the universe is a part of an infinite soul.'

Joan Mascaro said that while 'in the West people talk about God of Universe, in India talk about Soul of Universe'. Indeed, the conception of God as absolute spirit, as Brahman, is linked to the idea that this God, spirit or Brahman is also a part of us, deepest: our soul or atman. Brahman or God is part of everything in the universe, that is to say that is everything. It is what we can find in the whole of nature but is especially at our soul, our heart, and equall…