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The relation to the divine Source

If, as normal individuals without extraordinary faculties, we are to carry through to the end the task of self perfection, we should bear in mind that we would not be able to achieve this without drawing sustenance from a transcendent source of energy. By cultivating within oneself a feeling of an omniscient, omnipotent and infinitely benevolent entity (“God” ,”the Source”, “the Primary Cause” …), by striving to feel His presence and support when making decisions and by trying to act with the sole intention of obtaining His satisfaction, one practices what Ostad Elahi describes simply as “natural meditation”.

To act in a disinterested manner, out of sheer duty, to counteract the influence of the animal impulses that prompt our actions will be actually possible if we succeed in getting connected to this intelligent and benevolent entity and feel its all-pervading presence within ourselves. “Natural meditation” enables us to capture the energy needed for performing actions that our willpower, left to itself, cannot accomplish. Another important result of “natural meditation” is that, being practised with a view to obtaining divine satisfaction, it does, in the long run, convert our ethical habits into genuine divine virtues.

Without this transcendent energy emanating from the divine Source, there can be no self perfection, and ethical habits remain inconclusive. That’s why Ostad Elahi’s doctrine of natural spirituality emphasizes the importance of developing a capacity for benefiting from this transcendent energy, along with a fresh approach to the conventional, inherited codes of morality. While ethical principles should be adapted to our modern needs, they should not be dissociated from authentic religious fundamentals and not be applied without reference to the divine.

Apart from the divine emissaries, the saints and prophets of different authentic religions, charged with the mission of putting life into the divine truths, who continue to exert a positive influence, there exists on earth, at every epoch, a source of guidance transmitting divine energy to mankind, directly or indirectly. Ostad Elahi gives a clear explanation of the principles of spiritual guidance, while warning against possible deviations in the master/disciple relationship and against the different impostures that threaten individuals deprived of guide marks. Insisting on the importance of spiritual understanding, freedom of conscience and individual responsibility, he announces new forms of spiritual guidance, unhampered by the formal framework of the religious traditions of the past.

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8 comments

  1. Mattttt Sep 21, 2009 5:33 am 1

    Wonderful Article;
    I have a question: does an ethical habit become a virtue by practicing, or does it become a virtue by God’s approval?

  2. Blake Sep 22, 2009 3:58 pm 2

    Mattttt,
    If I am not mistaken, I think the answer to your question is in the article’s first paragraph. Since ethical practice is to be “solely intended for divine satisfaction,” then only God can know how much practice is enough.

  3. Matttt Sep 29, 2009 8:45 pm 3

    Thanks Blake

  4. MH Mar 20, 2010 4:02 pm 4

    @Matttt
    I think that both are right: we have to practice and when it’s become “a second nature”, then God gives us the “seal of virtue”: is that correct, Blake?

  5. Blake Mar 21, 2010 6:17 am 5

    @MH

    The key to receive the “seal of virtue”, as I understand it, is to practice with the intention of divine satisfaction and not other intentions. Between practice and intention as I understand it, intention plays the most important role. So much so that it can at times be counted as the act.

  6. Eileen May 15, 2011 3:18 am 6

    Does anyone know what is meant in the last paragraph where it states, “….while warning against possible deviations in the master/desciple relationship and against the different impostures that threaten individuals deprived of guide marks.” What are “guide marks”? Thank you.

  7. MinaN Jun 13, 2011 6:19 pm 7

    @Eileen
    I believe, if I am not mistaken, that when it refers to individuals deprived of guide marks, it means individuals who are seeking to be guided or have the desire to find someone to guide them and are very vulnerable to these impostors who see that they are in need of guidance and therefore take advantage of them and mislead them. Or also as it mentions that they threaten them, that could be by telling them if they don’t adhere to their rules they will have either material or spiritual losses.

  8. Eileen Aug 10, 2011 6:48 pm 8

    Thank you, MinaN. I think what you described makes sense, and thanks for expanding and bringing to my attention the fact that imposters threaten (and intimidate) people they encounter who are seeking guidance.

    I realize how this also demonstrates the necessity for me to keep re-reading these articles for better comprehension and absorption both mentally, by my mind/psyche and by my metabrain, my angelic soul. I hope I am using these terms correctly.

    I would like to add how well written this article is, and I thank the author, Emmanuel Comte for writing and sharing his expertise on this subject. This article gives me a very positive feeling, a great feeling of hope as Mr. Comte describes a “benevolent” entity, God, “the Source”…. and Ostad Elahi’s doctrine of Natural Spirituality.

    My gratitude extends also to the Editorial Board of the website “e-ostadelahi”, and to whomever reads my comment. Thank you!

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