Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Another Gai Eaton quote

"The question as to how celestial realities may be communicated to the human mind has been touched on several times in this book. We are obliged to return to it again and again because this is the field upon which the most important battles are fought, particularly in the present age. Blind and unquestioning faith is becoming increasingly rare."

-pg. 234 of Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton (Hasan 'Abd al-Hakim) - God have mercy on him!

"Speaking of the distrust

of anything that might be described as 'romantic' or 'picturesque' which is so common in our time, Frithjof Schuon remarks that 'the "romantic" worlds are precisely those in which God is still probable; when people want to get rid of Heaven it is logical to start by creating an atmosphere in which spiritual things appear out of place; in order to declare successfully that God is unreal they have to construct around man a false reality, a reality that is inevitably inhuman because only the inhuman can exclude God. What is involved is a falsification of the imagination and so its destruction ...' 
[footnote: Understanding Islam, Frithjof Schuon (London: Allen & Unwin, 1963), p. 37. ]

-pg. 210 of Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton (Hasan 'Abd al-Hakim) - God have mercy on him!

"Existence is pure gift.

Consciousness is pure gift. Our eyes and ears, our hands and our feet are gifts, as are our sexual organs. Mountains and rivers and the blue sea are gifts, as is the air we breathe; so too is light, and the darkness given us for rest. The nourishment which comes from the earth, or which - by a very special concession to our weakness - we are permitted to take from the bodies of the animal creation and from the fish of the sea, is a gift. But above all, the awareness which brings these together in consciousness and in enjoyment, and the power we are given to acknowledge their source and to give praise, are divine gifts.
To be ungrateful is to close ourselves off the supreme gift, greater than all these; the gift of the divine Mercy and, ultimately, of Paradise, where all such gifts are incalculably magnified. In a mortal body and in a dying world, we praise and give thanks. It is for this, says the Muslim, that we were created.
-pg. 192 of Charles Le Gai Eaton's Islam and the Destiny of Man

“The agnostic has a very curious notion of religion.

He is convinced that a man who says ‘I believe in God’ should at once become perfect; if this does not happen, then the believer must be a fraud and a hypocrite. He thinks that adherence to a religion is the end of the road, whereas it is in fact only the beginning of a very long and sometimes very rough road. He looks for consistency in religious people, however aware he may be of the inconsistencies in himself.
 -Charles Le Gai Eaton in his fascinating book “Islam and the Destiny of Man”

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