Tusi: Ishaarat The Vector Language of the Sufism
- In ITs Blessed Name That There is not a secret consultation between
three, but IT makes the fourth among them, Nor between five but IT
makes the sixth, Nor between fewer nor more, but IT is in their midst
Glimmering Sufism (Al-Loma' Fit Tasaw-wuf) By Anu Nasr Sarraj Tusi
Chapter 8, Section 11
Ishaarat (Pointing, Hinting)
Sufism developed a meta-language called Ishaarat that is its
fundamental verbiage suitable for describing sudden & short-lived
spiritual feelings. The reason the Western readers find something odd
& exciting about the Sufi poetry & prose is this language, a prophetic
tradition, which has been forgotten amongst the Muslims and Sufis.
Quite coincidentally I bumped into a book called "Process & Reality"
the seminal work of Alfred North Whitehead within which there are
philosophical constructs & verbiage quite similar to Sufism. The
language Sufis called Ishaarat is the vector objectification by
Whitehead's Doctrine of Organism and it is frankly an astute parallel
to some Sufi concepts.
--DARA The Eyeless Lion
Keywords: Sufism, Tusi, Farsi, Classical Arabic, Poetry, Prose, Islam,