"A clear vision of the fundamentals of religion comes about through the application of their derivative principles, and the derivatives are corrected by comparing them against their original sources. There is no way to the station of contemplation (mushahidah) of [internal] states except by esteeming as great the means and principles that God has esteemed to be great." ―Al-Jurayri, Al-Risalah: Principles of Sufism by al-Qushayri
Principles of Meditation
The results of meditation have been verified throughout the world over by countless practitioners and can be characterized by the following psychological qualities: serenity, peace, insight, compassion, cognizant love, altruism, profound concentration, comprehension, purity, and happiness for others. While these qualities are natural and inherent to the consciousness, they are dependent upon specific causes for their fruition.
The science of meditation is founded upon universal principles and laws. Just as physical nature develops in accordance with specific causes and conditions, likewise our true, spiritual nature is realized through precise actions and methods, since everything in the cosmos is established through the law of causality.
Meditation is a means of acquiring information about ourselves and why we suffer, so that we can radically change. This course will explain the principles of meditation through the Sufi writings of Al-Qushayri, Rumi, Ibn 'Arabi, and other Muslim mystics / masters, due to the clarity, simplicity, universality, and depth of their teachings. We invite students of any religion, tradition, or system to realize the true purpose and realities of meditation within him or herself.
Lectures to be added soon!