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Heavenly Signs: Infinity in the Stars!?

Heavenly Signs: Infinity in the Stars!?

Skywatchers must be having the time of their lives right now as they observe the movements in the heavens. They live new experiences untamed by set perceptions of the 3 dimensional world down here on earth. With thousands of theories, and thousands of discoveries, there is always room for more not always realizing at which point the Laws of Nature is confirming itself.

Dr. Alberto Noriega-Crespo and team at NASA are the skywatchers who have discovered a dense rings of gas in the shape of Ω omega neighbouring the Andromeda Galaxy in the middle of the Milky Way. If there was one witness, one might be inclined to say he saw what he wanted to see, or that’s how he defined what he wanted to see, but considering a team was involved, and an experienced team at that, the NASA team should be given the benefit of doubt.

Using the US-European satellite Herschel in the infrared range, Noriega-Crespo’s teams have been exploring the region of the Andromeda galaxy for a while, and discovered that the dense dust-gas clouds that hide the center of the Milky Way is surrounded by a huge ring of gas – in the shape of the figure 8 lying on its side – the mathematical symbol for infinity. This has been confirmed by the Japanese radio observatory Nobeyama who say that the gaseous formation is moving as a unit maintaining the integrity of the mathematical symbol known as lemniscate. How long the lemniscates has been there, and will be there is another question as the scientist ponder on the close proximity of our galaxy, and the Andromeda galaxy which ‘seems’ to be approaching our galaxy at a rate of 120 km per hour!

Infinity Where Stars are Born

The Milky Way is where stars are born according to NASA findings, with the gaseous-dust formation of the mathematical number lemniscate hiding its center of creation. The lemniscates is not a real number but can be best described by the Indian Isha Upanishad as:

“if you remove a part from infinity or add a part to infinity, still what remains is infinity”.

A lemniscate is basically a circle looped once on it self – without end like a child’s toy trainset whereby the train just goes round and round, and in and out. A lemniscates is also symbolic of the rhythm of life, exhaling the breath of God that circulates an eternal rhythm with one intention without effort.

In Chinese symbolism, the figure 8 expresses the totality of the universe. In Ghanaian Adinkra symbology, the lemniscates is Nyame Biribi Wo Soro, the symbol of hope reminding us that God is in the heavens. And in ancient Hermetic philosophy the lemniscates standing on its feet is the number 8, expressing the maxim ‘as above so below.”

Source:

Shlyonskaya, I.   “Andromeda Galaxy is Getting Closer.” http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/26-07-2011/118591-andromeda_closer-0/

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Ramadhan 2011

Ramadhan 2011/1432

 

Depending on which part of the globe one lives, this Ramadhan will seem no different to previous Ramadhans. Yes, it is hotter, and it has fallen within the school holidays putting the conflicting state vs. faith issue on hold for at least the next few years. It is also a time in the development of the West that it has reached its limits in terms of living in a state of excess, a condition Ramadhan reminds us is not sustainable.

However, Ramadhan 2011 is different in a very significant way because 2011 has born witness to the surfacing of our miscreations confronting us with what until far too many of us have been able to get away with doing without suffering the consequences.

Symbolic of our miscreations has been the Egyptian January 25th Revolution, even though the Tunisian Revolution is more politically and spiritually grounded. But it is the Egyptian Revolution that has sent ripples throughout the world. It has brought to the surface the capitalistic exploitation of human and natural resources, and speaking out against the many injustices: corruption amongst top officials, human and civil rights abuses, right to the truth, the rights of the earth, the realization that the global wealth is in the hands of  a few is used to keep peoples divided and without the right to self determination. As a Muslim population living side by side a Coptic population, the false barriers of separation that create unsustainable living conditions have also been challenged leading to the right to practice one’s faith in private and public i.e. is the pluralism of Islam as a well as the right of representation.

These are momentous achievements that arose out of a peoples will, not policy, not politics, and not organized religion. In this regard Ramadhan 2011 should be experienced in the full meaning of the spirit of Islam, with compassion, and in recognition that as Islam as always taught us that jihad-an-nafs is the greatest battle  that any human has to face or in the words of a non-Muslim:

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.” Nelson Mandela

The great subconscious leap that lies in the hearts of the average Egyptian person, is layered with fear, the fear of failure, because it is a leap into the unknown, but what is known is that the system that we have fallen prey and party to is no longer conceivable. To make that leap in faith requires trust, the trust that we have not allowed ourselves to have for so long. Yet now we have no choice because Allah (SWT) warned us:

{We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and in their own souls, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth.} (Al-Fussilat, 41/53)

Inspirational teacher Marianne Williamson said:

“I’m not a doom-and-gloom person. But I think there is a difference between transcendence and denial, and much of the Western world is in major denial today.”

Yet as we know, it is all of us that have replaced the spirit with Islam with dos and dont’s, those of us who have given up on one acts of worship one by one as a result of the narrowly defined dos and donts that propel us towards separation of self, family, relatives, society and further fragmentation of Islam that has leeched us into a condition explained as:

“The systematic oppression of the people has made them blinded to their reality. Everybody’s just thinking about survival. Nobody wants to stand up for anything, everybody just wants to tow the line. So I’m trying to make people think about these things that they are forgetting. I want to inspire people to want things to change.” – Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

A words of a non-Muslim by name, but the words of a Muslim by nature for Islam is not merely a name, it is a natural state, the state of being in submission to the Laws of Nature that guides all creation. How else is it that Islam has always been since the first man Adham/Adam? It is this spirit of Islam we have missed within ourselves in terms of self acceptance, because unless we accept even the parts of ourselves which we do not like how can we transmute those aspects as a part of our spiritual ascension or jihad an nafs?  How else can we expect to achieve harmony within society if that harmony does not exist within our souls?

{Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and not be tried?} (Al-Ankabut, 29/2)

Like the lessons that members of Egyptian society will have to learn before they can achieve the change they wish to see, we have to be the change we want to be in order to see it made manifest instead of resting on the laurels of a few hadiths that lead to one direction i.e. man is born weak! The weakness we must accept because it is a part of our nature, but this weakness becomes an addiction, an excuse that makes jihad an nafs null and void.

We are born on a covenant, and that covenant with Allah (SWT) means rising to the occasion for

{To the righteous soul will be said:) “O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and come back thou to thy Lord, – well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! Satisfaction! Enter thou, then, among My devotees! Yea, enter thou My Heaven!} (Al-Fajr 89:27-30]

What satisfies the ego does not satisfy the soul for what satisfies the soul is more simple than we complicate our lives with, and is more enduring. What satisfies the ego is temporary, and when the ego is satiated, it gets hungry for more pushing us towards the very thing that will form a permanent hunger in our souls, to the extent that it can become an ill-defined sadness. Yet, Allah (SWT) lets us know that we are not slaves though we may enslave ourselves with the attachments of the ego that our contented souls comes first before we can in turn satisfy Him for to satisfy Him is to satisfy all creation because to satisfy the soul requires letting of the self, the ego, the BIG I which is the cause of all separation in life. By letting go, by submitting we have room for all that there is without conditions.

Ramadhan allows us to learn how to let go of the BIG I, to make room for being, making mistakes, and from being flows a river of energy from our souls towards a greater harmony of life.

2011 has presented us with many signs, but it is our choice as to whether to continue living in a state of separation or a state of Islam!

The creed of Islam is given to us here in a nutshell:

{Say ye: “We believe in God, and the revelation Given to us, and to Abraham, in God, and the revelation Given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses, and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them. And we bow to God (in Islam)} (Al Baqarah 2: 136)

The Muslim position is clear. The Muslim does not claim to have a religion peculiar to himself. Islam is not a sect, or an ethnic religion. In its view all religions are one, for the Truth is one. IT WAS THE SAME RELIGION BY ALL THE EARLIER PROPHETS. (Qur’an 42: 13). It was the truth taught by all the inspired Books. In essence it amounts to a consciousness of the Will and Plan of God and a joyful submission to that Will and Plan. IF ANYONE WANTS A RELIGION OTHER THAN THAT, HE IS FALSE TO HIS OWN NATURE, AS HE IS FALSE TO GOD’S WILL AND PLAN Such a one cannot expect guidance, for he has deliberately renounced guidance. – Ahmed Deedat

This also means that all the barriers we have erected within ourselves, with each in faith and across faiths other must fall.

May we all rise to the heights we are capable of, even in the midst of evil, and may the sadness that lurks in our souls get our recognition so that it will no longer reflect in our lives insha’Allah.

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