The Fall And Rise Of Adam: How It Speaks To Me!

Disclaimer: I feel that this post has the potential to be misinterpreted, so let me clarify my position beforehand. I am not suggesting that this perspective reflects the true account of what happened. And, for the conservatives, this is not a “modern re-interpretation.” This, simply, is one of the ways I personally resonate with Adam’s account mentioned in the Quran.

Adam is the very first figure we come across in the Quran (Ch2 V30). We are told of the origin of mankind, and how he was tempted by the “tree” of greed which lead to his downfall. This, I think, you are perfectly aware of.

Notwithstanding the original account, allow me to share my perspective.

I’ve always looked at the account of Adam in terms of our evolution from birth to attaining spiritual liberation – a pattern, I believe, any spiritual person can relate to. If we view it as such, and put ourselves in Adam’s place, we realize that everyone is born into Paradise – a state of bliss: A state, in which most of us, live in abundance and joy, enjoying the little pleasures of life.

“And We said: “O Adam, dwell thou and thy partner in this garden, and eat freely thereof, both of you, whatever you may wish; but do not approach this one tree, lest you become oppressors.” Quran, 2:35

However, as we grow older, Shaitan (I take it to be the negative aspects of society, in this case) tempts us towards the “tree” of greed, obscenities and oppression; which causes us to “fall” from our blissful state. This degradation makes us live a lowly existence, resulting in enmity with one another and division as a whole, all because of a lack of peace and contentment within ourselves.

“But Satan caused them both  to stumble therein and got them out of the happy state they were in. And so We said, Degraded you have become with wedges of discord among yourselves! There shall be for you habitation and livelihood on earth for a while.” Quran, 2:36

Unfortunately, most of us never transcend this stage. Running behind the daily chores of life, we ultimately fail to fulfill the purpose of life: evolving our souls. Not all are content with this condition, though. That’s when we seek some change in our lives, seeking what you would call a “paradigm shift.”

The spiritual quest begins. We explore different paths, and finally come across a path that speaks to us louder than others. Feeling ecstatic, we are consumed and are redeemed by the Beloved’s messages; regaining peace and contentment within ourselves while becoming one with God again.

“Thereupon Adam received words [of guidance] from his Sustainer, and He accepted his repentance: for, verily, He is the Acceptor of Repentance, the Dispenser of Grace.” Quran, 2:37

For-certainly

Thank God for God! 🙂

 

Related article: Stages of Consciousness

 

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Can You Change The World?

So, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and we were discussing Religion & Politics. His point, basically, was that the world has plunged too deep into evil, and that just by changing himself, he couldn’t bring about any noticeable change whatsoever. So, why bother? Just relax and “live your life”. And, of course, the much repeated statement: “It’s one of the signs of Qiyamat, anyways.”

I completely disagree with this notion. Yes, I may not be able to “change” the world, but what I can do is to firstly change myself (a big feat in itself!) and the world of somebody else, at the very least. It is my personal belief that an informed person creates many ripples around him, just by speaking up. Sometimes, words just stick in your mind (even if they do not change you at that very moment) and go on to be paradigm-shifters for you later in life.  They sow a seed in your mind, and if you give it enough thought, it grows and bears fruit. So, we need to restore some belief in our capabilities. We can make a change! Instead of repeating the problems, let’s come up with solutions.  But for that, we have to speak up. Silence only helps the oppressors.

If we were to avoid this defeatist line of thinking, and instead focus on educating ourselves about what’s really happening around, the world would have many more informed people. And, informed people are not gullible. Remember, we be many and they be few. It is these oppressors who feed off our ignorance! If we stop buying their ideas, the system would collapse. We deserve better, god damn it. Our technology has evolved so much, yet the leaders are the same — greedy, good for nothings. Why haven’t we have evolved in this aspect? Ignorance. Information control. Propaganda.They don’t want you to think for yourself. An educated and critical thinking population threaten their existence! Isn’t it high time that we wake up?

We proclaim to believe and adore the Prophets for their courageous stands against oppression, but why don’t we  follow in their footsteps? Their group was small, too! What if heroes like Martin Luther King, Jinnah, and Nelson Mandela just decided to “take it easy”? Take any revolution: It starts with ONE courageous idea, and a group of like-minded motivated people who have confidence in their abilities to shake things up. So, we need to raise our consciousness as human beings. One by one. That is the only way to progress. And for that, we need YOU to take interest.

Will you play your part?

As long as you don’t make waves, ripples, life seems easy. But that’s condemning yourself to impotence and death before you are dead. – Jeanne Moreau

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Be Altruistic!

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God has given us an amazing gift in the form of life, what are we doing to give back?

Our prime purpose in this life is to give, to benefit humanity in some way. The Quran repeatedly emphasizes the importance of spending in “the way of God” to help those who are not as fortunate as we are. Nothing, I repeat, nothing is stressed more than this! When we distribute our resources with others, we perform the real act of Shukr (giving thanks!) and acknowledge the fact that everything we temporarily own, and the means through which we earned it, ultimately comes from God!

But, my concern is that we have become too focused on ourselves, even when we are giving away. I observe that most Muslims pay more charity in the month of Ramadan because it is a “blessed month”  so that they could debit as many rewards (sawab) as they can in their account. This type of mindset hinders spiritual growth, my friend. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not implying that your service is considered null in the eyes of God or anything of that sort. I am simply asking you to tweak your paradigm a bit. 🙂

The purpose of giving is just that: giving! No more, no less. We should do good to our fellow humans simply because it is the right thing to do. It is what the soul yearns for! Expecting “rewards” for our service makes the whole process unnatural. It’s no more about benefiting others anymore, it becomes self centered. The ego comes in: “What can I get from this?”

I realized this truth some time ago, and I believe it is crucial for all of us to understand this to evolve as spiritual beings. An example would suffice: A mother is selfless. She loves her child because she feels that way, not because she wants someone to take care of her in old age. Although a good upbringing will bring comfort to her when she does get old, her intention of loving the child is not based on that. Furthermore, observe nature. It is selfless, too! A tree gives, but does not ask anything in return.  Nature is self-less, and so should we!

So, in conclusion,  don’t fret over accumulating rewards or recognition for yourself. Help someone just because they need your help, because they deserve it! In the famous words of Rumi: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy!”

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of God is like sowing a seed that brings numerous shoots, each shoot with a hundred grains. This is how God’s Law of Recompense rewards men and women. God is Infinite, Knower.” Quran 2:261

“You will never attain exponential growth of the ‘self’ unless you open up for others the possessions you cherish. And whatever you spend, God is well Aware of it. [God, the Knower of your own ‘self’, reminds that Paradise is for those who attain self-actualization by giving. 92:18]” Quran 3:61

 

Heaven & Hell of the Mind

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Your brain works like a fertile land. What you sow is exactly what you reap. If you don’t like a certain plant, all you need to do is pluck it out of its root and throw it away. Plant something beautiful instead!

You are the caretaker of this garden. Do not blame anyone else for what you have sown in it. Sow positive thoughts and actions: reap peace of mind. Sow negative thoughts and actions: reap anger, jealousy, insecurities etc.

A simple formula, really.

Do you not reflect how God cites an example of a Noble Ideology as a goodly tree, firmly rooted with it’s branches swinging high in the sky? Quran 14:24

It bears fruit in all seasons by the leave of it’s Sustainer. God sets forth examples to humans so that they may reflect. Q14:25

And the example of an evil ideology is that of a bad tree that gets easily uprooted from the surface of the earth, and it has no stability. (Neither firmly rooted, nor reaching any heights) Q14:26

 

Stages of Consciousness: My Journey as a Muslim

Spiritual people pass through certain stages of consciousness on their journey to God. I write this to share my journey with you all.

For me, it started off as an unexpected interest in Islam, the religion I was “born” into. I started reading the Quran, and I was hooked. This is what I would call the first stage in the journey – the introduction. You come to know about the stark differences between what God says in the Quran, and what is widely believed by your community and your religious peers. You are judgmental. You take great delight in debating, and proving other people wrong. A sense of superiority reigns over you. You want to save people from the endless doom of the fire. Unfortunately, and I say this with my deepest regrets, most religious people just do not grow past this stage: a judgmental bigot who annoys anyone who holds even a slightly different point of view.

Then, if you’re lucky (and I sure was!), you meet people who challenge your beliefs and ask you logical explanations of why you believe certain things. This is new to you, certainly! Does belief warrant a logical explanation, you think to yourself? You ponder, and come across the many verses from the Quran that advocate skepticism and critical thinking. Now, you have to unlearn the things you have programmed yourself to believe in, and look at it from a rational perspective. It’s very difficult initially, mind you! You’re in tatters! Could God really allow men to beat women, for example? Your inner voice immediately says no.

This is the second stage. You realize that perhaps you, yourself has a lot to learn from others. Differences of opinion are now regarded as food for thought, no longer a front where you could correct others. It is a stage of uncertainty; you feel a hollow void within yourself desperately asking God to provide answers to your endless questions. This agony lasts for a while.

Suddenly, you have a eureka moment. Everything starts falling into it’s place. You no longer accept the translations of the Quran as perfect; instead you interpret the Quran for yourself through a range of different exercises. You realize the inconsistencies that lie within these translations, and thank God for opening your eyes towards Truth.

Fear is no longer a motive for believing in God, unconditional love is. You no longer help other people to get rewards, but simply because they are your brethren in humanity and are in need. And this is where the soul really blossoms! You no longer behave as an “I know it all” bigot, for differences are God’s signs (30:22)! Labels don’t matter, anymore. Only character does. Needless to say, you are no longer interested in endless debates, for you realize that they are only a clash of egos. An inner serenity overwhelms you. This, I believe is the third stage. The farthest I have walked yet.

Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something so beautiful!

Be water, my friend. Evolve!

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