Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Septenary Principle in Sufism

Although Hindu, Greek, Taoist, Egyptian and Zoroastrian examples of the septenary constitution were presented in early Theosophical literature, Sufi examples were relatively scarce, even though the Sufi schools are a notable esoteric tradition that make prominent use of the sevenfold structure, as subsequent studies have shown, a pioneering work being Henri Corbin’s The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism (1971).

The table below adapted from a Naqshbandi model (https://sufipathoflove.com/seven-levels-of-being/), with additions from the Kubrawiya school.


 
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2
3
4
5
6
7
Nafs
Nafs al-Kamila
The Pure /Perfect Self
Maqams
(Stations)
tawbah (repentance)
waraʿ                    (fear of the Lord)
zuhd (renunciation, or detachment)
faqr  (poverty)
abr       (patience)
tawakkul (trust, or surrender)
riā  (satisfaction)
Souls
Ruh Madeni
Mineral soul
Ruh Nabati
Vegetable soul
Ruh Haywani
Animal soul
Ruh Nafsani
Personal Soul
Ruh Insani
Human Soul
Ruh Sirr
Secret Soul
Sirr Al Asar-
The Secret of Secrets
Lataifs
As-sadr
The Breast/Chest
 
Al- Qalb
The heart
 
Ar-Ruh
The Spirit
 
As-sir
The Innermost being
 
As-sara'ir
The Consciences
Inner or Spiritual heart.
Al-Akhfa
The Hidden
Innermost Spiritual Heart.
Al-Khafa  Secrecy
Innermost Spiritual Heart of Hearts
Prophets
Adam
Noah
Abraham
Moses
David
Jesus
Muhammed
Color
Blue
Yellow
Red
White
Green
Black
Colourless
Macrocosm
Alam-ihahut  Divine Essence
Alam-i-iahut    Divine Nature
Alam-i-jabarut     World Beyond Form
Alam-i-malakut World of Imagination
Alam-i-mana World of Spiritual Perception
Alam-i-surat  World of Forms
Alam-i-tabiat World of Nature, Man



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