Mysticism

Who is a Mystic?

A mystic is one who is in search of answers to a mystery. The greatest mystery of all time is God, hence a mystic is one who is in search of God, the Absolute Truth.

The journey of a mystic is a few inches long, from the brain to the heart.
God Says: “ The entire universe cannot encompass Me but the heart of a believer can”

-Hadith e Qudsi

What is Mysticism?

Mysticism is the path where a mystic in search of Truth/ Haqq that goes beyond the surface, the external, the manifested, the obvious and delves deeper into the hidden mysteries of knowledge to uncover answers. Mysticism is where the exoteric or outer world leads one into the esoteric or the hidden world of mystical knowledge.

The hidden or Batini knowledge of any religion is called mysticism. In Judaism it is called Kabalah, in Islam it is called Sufism or Irfan.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr writes: ‘Islamic esotericism or gnosis crystallized into the form of Sufism in the Sunni world, while it poured into the whole structure of Shīʿism, especially during its early period.’3 Thus, the esoteric core of Islam expresses itself in Sunni Sufism and in Shiʿite ʿIrfān with different ‘accents’, taking on different forms and expressions, without this spiritual attunement to the essence of the Islamic message of tawḥīd being fundamentally altered. Indeed, (according to one of the great figures in whom Shiʿism and Sufism are combined, Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī (d. 787/1385)), the true Shiʿi cannot but be a ‘Sufi’ if he plumbs the mystical depths of the teachings of the Imams; conversely, the Sufi is a Shiʿi if he becomes aware that the most important roots of Sufism are the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt, the first poles (aqṭāb, sing. quṭb) of the spiritual tradition through whom the mystical blessings of the Prophet were transmitted in an initiatic context. The differences of outward form as regards the two traditions are melted, for Āmulī, in the fire of walāya, sanctity, the true substance and goal of Sufism and Shiʿism alike.4 And for both traditions, ʿAlī is the walī Allāh, the ‘friend/saint of God’, par excellence.

Shah-Kazemi, Reza. Justice and Remembrance (p. 145). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

How can spirituality heal us?

We live under the illusion that the mind, body and soul are all separate entities, but the truth is that everything is connected. The atoms that vibrate with energy form the cells that make up our body. Every thing at its core is energy vibrating at different frequencies. These frequencies get effected by our emotions aka E-motion or energy in motion. Our inner world of feelings, thoughts and emotions is connected to our hormonal regulations. Thus the inner world and outer world are connected very deeply through the way we see the world and the way we respond to everything and everyone we interact with.

“Spirit is the part of you that feels like HOPE” – Carolyn Myss

The world is like an ocean where we have to keep facing thrashing waves, we can either learn to surf these waves or we can keep getting bogged down by them. WE HAVE A CHOICE ! we can choose to live as victims where life happens TO us, or as empowered beings, where life happens FOR us!

“Where ever you turn there is the face of God”
2:115 Holy Quran

“I am in the opinion of my servant”
Hadith e Qudsi

“God is the single ingredient of the Universe”
Neale Donald Walsh

When we look at the above quotes and connect them we realise that healing is in our own hands, we are the co-creators of our destiny.

‘My slave never ceases to draw near to Me through supererogatory acts (nawāfil) until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing by which he hears, his sight by which he sees his hand by which he grasps, and his foot by which he walks.’

Shah-Kazemi, Reza. Justice and Remembrance (p. 156). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

“O my servant, worship me, obey me, become like me and when you become like me you will say Be and it shall Be – Kun Fa Ya Kun”
Hadith e Qudsi

Art and Spirituality

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth.”
41:53 Holy Quran

From the above verse we understand that everything we see around us is a sign, a sign post, a messenger pointing towards something deeper. That’s what signs do. Just like the red light on the traffic signal holds within it the message to warn us, to stop us. In the same manner every sitation and incident in our lives comes to teach us a lesson and take us to a new destination in our soul journey.

Art is just like the language of signs. The language of God. A painting within it holds symbols that point to greater messages that the artist tries to communicate to the onlooker. It is merely the face of a deeper essence. The art you see here is a result of many years of mystical studies.

Translated through the strokes of my paint brushes. They hold with in them an expression of the stories of my soul’s journey. Through my work I want to share the energy of devotion and the power of hope, faith, love and prayer with you. Hope you will feel in your heart what I felt creating this work, which is the fruit of my soul.