What is life?
- What is life?
Life is the most luminous, the most beautiful of the miracles of
Dominical Power. It is the most powerful and most brilliant of the
proofs of Divine Unity. It is the most comprehensive and most shining
of the mirrors displaying the manifestations of the Eternally
Besought One. Yes, on its own, life makes known a Living and Self-
Subsistent One together with all his Names and acts. For life is a
light, a medicine, like a potion blended from numerous attributes.
Just as the seven colours are combined in light, and various drugs
are blended together in a medicament, so also life is a reality made
of numerous attributes. Some of the attributes in its reality expand
by means of the senses; they unfold, and are differentiated. However
the greater part make themselves perceived in the form of the
emotions; they make themselves known by welling up out of life.
It is as if life fastens them on behind it and draws them into the
place it enters. For example, when life enters a body, the Name of
All-Wise is also manifest; it makes its home well and orders it with
wisdom. In the same way, the Name of All-Generous is manifest, and it
organizes and decorates its dwelling according to its needs. At the
same time, the manifestation of the Name of All-Compassionate is
apparent; it bestows all sorts of bounties for the continuance and
perfection of life. And again at the same time, the manifestation of
the Name of Provider appears; it produces the sustenance, material
and immaterial, necessary for the perpetuation and unfolding of the
life, and in part stores them up within its body. That is to say,
life is like a point of focus; various attributes enter one another,
indeed, they become one and the same. It is as if in its entirety
life is both knowledge, and at the same time power, and at the same
time wisdom and mercy, and so on..
Thus, with regard to this comprehensive essence, life is a mirror of
the Eternally Besought One reflecting the essential Dominical
attributes. It is due to this mystery that the Necessarily Existent
One, Who is the Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent One, creates life in
great abundance and plenitude, and scatters it far and wide and
broadcasts it, and gathers everything around life and makes it serve
it. For life's duty is great. Yes, it is not easy to be the mirror of
the Eternally Besought One, it is not some petty duty.
Thus, the sudden and continuous coming into existence from nothing of
these countless, numberless lives which we all the time see before
our eyes - and of spirits, which are the origins and essences of
lives - their being sent, demonstrate the necessary existence, sacred
attributes, and Most Beautiful Names of a Necessarily Existent and
Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent One as clearly as rays show the
existence of the sun. Just as someone who does not recognize and
accept the existence of the sun is compelled to deny the light which
fills the day, so also one who does not recognize the Sun of Divine
Oneness, Who is Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent and the Giver of Life
and Death, has to deny the existence of the living creatures which
fill the earth and even the past and the future; he has to fall a
hundred times lower than an animal, to fall from the level of life to
become something utterly ignorant and lifeless.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, ernststrohregenmantelrad
> >--- In email@example.com, klaus schilling <>Say, Ernst, would you humor me and translate the gist of this post
> >pessy@c...> wrote:
> > ernststrohregenmantelrad writes:
> > >
> > > I thought Sufi was a part of Islam or did I miss something?
> > For Schopenhauer, Sufi is of vedantic origin,
> > disguised as Islam.
> > Klaus Schilling
> Mensch, es gibt zu viel DDHG* bei dir!
> Du hebst so oft AS in den Himmel!
> Du nimmst die Meinung Schopenhauer als die Tatsache.
> Die ist nur einer der Meinungen von der Ursprung.
> *Der Doktor hat gesagt- wird benutzt vom Anthroposoph, der
> hebt Steiner in den Himmel. In diesen Fall machst du mit
> Schopenhauer so wie so Anthroposoph mit Steiner.
for the majority of members who don't speak German?