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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Soul:
Ruh Madeni
Mineral soul
Soul:
Ruh Nabati
Vegetable soul
Soul:
Ruh Haywani
Animal soul
Soul:
Ruh Nafsani
Personal Soul
Soul:
Ruh Insani
Human Soul
Soul:
Ruh Sirr
Secret Soul
Soul:
Sirr Al Asar-
The Secret of Secrets
Light/Colour /Aura :
Blue
Light/Colour /Aura :
Yellow
Light/Colour /Aura :
Red
Light/Colour /Aura :
White
Light/Colour /Aura :
Green
Light/Colour /Aura :
Black
Light/Colour /Aura :
Colourless
Located:

As-sadr –The Breast/Chest
Located:
Al- Qalb – The heart
Location:
Ar-Ruh -The Spirit
Location:

As-sir The Innermost being
Location:

As-sara'ir – The Consciences
Location:

Al-Akhfa –The Hidden
Location:
Al-Khafa – Secrecy
Mediation- Dhikr to repeat:
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Mediation- Dhikr to repeat
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Quran Ref:
Behold! The commanding nafs encourages evil, except when my Lord bestows mercy. (Qur'an 12:53)
Quran Ref:
And I swear by the reproachful soul!” (75:1-2)
Quran Ref:
And a nafs and Him who gave order to it and inspired it with a sense of what is wrong for it and what is right for it. (Qur'an 91:8)
Quran Ref:
O the righteous soul will be said, "O, you nafs in complete peace and satisfaction!" (Qur'an 89:27)
Quran Ref:
Return to your Lord, content (Qur'an 89:28)
Quran Ref:
for His being pleased with you! (Qur'an 89:28)


Quran Ref:
This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor to you, and have chosen for you as your religion Islam. (Qur'an 5:3)
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