What Does The Body, Defective, Changing, Unstable And Pain-Stricken, Have To Do With Eternity And Paradise

What does the body, defective, changing, unstable and pain-stricken, have to do with eternity and Paradise? The elevated pleasures of the spirit must be enough. Why should a bodily resurrection take place for corporal pleasures?

What Does The Body, Defective, Changing, Unstable And Pain-Stricken, Have To Do With Eternity And ParadiseSince, despite its darkness and density in contrast to water, air, and light, earth is the means and source of all the varieties of the works of Divine art, in meaning it has some superiority to the other elements. Also, despite its density, on account of being comprehensive and provided it is purified, man’s selfhood gains some kind of superiority to his other senses and faculties. Likewise, man’s body is a most comprehensive and rich mirror to the manifestations of the Divine Names. It has been equipped with the instruments to weigh and measure the contents of all of the Divine treasuries. For example, if the sense of taste in the tongue was not the origin of as many measures as the varieties of food and drink, it could not experience each and recognize them; it could not measure them. Furthermore, the instruments with which to experience and recognize the manifestations of most of the Divine Names, and the faculties for experiencing the most various and infinitely different pleasures are also in the body.

Since, as is understood clearly from the conduct of the universe and the comprehensiveness of man, the Maker of the universe wants through the universe to make known all the treasuries of His Mercy, and all the manifestations of His Names, and to make us experience all the varieties of His bounties, for sure, the world of eternal happiness, which is a mighty pool into which the flood of the universe flows and a vast exhibition of the products of the loom of the universe and the everlasting store of the crops produced in the field of the world, will resemble the universe to a degree. The All-Wise Maker, the All-Compassionate Just One, will give as wages for the duties of the bodily organs and in reward for their services and particular types of worship, pleasures particular to each. To think otherwise would be contrary to His Wisdom, Justice and Compassion.

 

The benefits of belief in the resurrection

The benefits of belief in the Resurrection

After belief in God, belief in the Resurrection has the primary place in securing a peaceful social order. The one, who does not believe that one day he will be called to account for what he has done in the world, is not expected to live an honest, upright life. But one who always acts in the conviction that he will give an account of his life before God in the other world will certainly live a disciplined and upright life. The Holy Book declares:

“In whatever affair you may be, and whichever part of The Holy Book you recite, and whatever deed you do, We are witness over you when you are deeply engrossed therein. Not an atom’s weight in the earth and in the heaven escapes your Lord, nor is there anything smaller or greater, but it is in a Manifest Book (10:61).”

Whatever we do, the noble angels appointed to do that record small or great, important or unimportant. Besides, God fully knows and is fully aware of all our deeds, intentions, thoughts, and imaginings. An individual who lives in full consciousness of this will find true peace and happiness in both worlds, and a family and community made up of such individuals will be as if living in Paradise.

Peace Movement

A peace movement is a social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars), minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or type of situation, often linked to the goal of achieving world peace. Means to achieve these ends include advocacy of pacifism, non-violent resistance, diplomacy, boycotts, moral purchasing, supporting anti-war political candidates, creating open government and transparency tools, demonstrations, and national political lobbying groups to create legislation. Continue reading “Peace Movement”

Peace is within

Back in the ‘sixties, when the peace movement was in full flower, I was teaching at a university in New York City.

Since I had 150-or-so students, evenly divided into three philosophy classes, it was a good opportunity for me to allow those who were in my charge to improve my grasp of that elusive ideal which had so enthralled and animated them. After all, they were the “peaceniks” of the Movement. Continue reading “Peace is within”

Peace

The peace sign, one of several symbols used to represent peace

Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding . Continue reading “Peace”

Nonviolence

Nonviolence has two (closely related) meanings: (1) It can refer, first, to a general philosophy of abstention from violence because of moral or religious principle (e.g. “She believes in nonviolence.”), or (2) it can refer to the behaviour of people using nonviolent action (e.g. “The demonstrators maintained their nonviolence.”)[1]

Much of the general philosophy of nonviolence has ‘active’ or ‘activist’ elements, in that they accept the need for a means of struggle to achieve political and social change. Continue reading “Nonviolence”