Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

idol of mental attachment

In meditation, everything depends on thought. If your thought becomes attached to any created thing - even some thing unseen or spiritual, higher than any earthly creature - it is as if you were bowing down to an idol on your hands and knees.

- The Essential Kabbalah, the Heart of Jewish Mysticism by Daniel C. Matt

The Divine bestowed aforetime on Abraham his rectitude of conduct, and he was known to the Kingdom fully well.

When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these idols unto which ye pay devotion? They said: "We found our fathers worshippers of them."

He said, "Indeed ye have been in manifest error - ye and your fathers."

They said, "Have you brought us the Truth, or are you one of those who jest?"

He said, "Nay, your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, He Who created them (from nothing): and I am a witness to this (Truth). And by God, I have a plan for your idols - after ye go away and turn your backs"

Then he reduced them to fragments, all save the chief of them, that haply they might have recourse to it.

They said, "Who has done this to our gods? He must indeed be some man of impiety!" They said, "We heard a youth talk of them: He is called Abraham." They said, "Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they may bear witness." They said, "Art thou the one that did this with our gods, O Abraham?"

He said: "Nay, this was done by - this is their biggest one! ask them, if they can speak intelligently!"

So they turned to themselves and said, "Surely ye are the ones in the wrong!" Then were they confounded with shame: (they said), "Thou knowest full well that these (idols) do not speak!"

(Abraham) said, "Do ye then worship, besides One God, things that can neither be of any good to you nor do you harm?

- The Quran 21. 51-67


The significance of the term idol is an archetype to attachment of anything other than the Divine Reality.

Abraham is an example of a seeker who in the historical context is definitely not a pious in the conventional term, and basically is a heretic from the society's piousness point of view; at the same time he is an agnostic when it comes to the conventional practice of faith.

Its interesting to note that in the Quranic dialogue between Prophet Abraham and people of his time, when Abraham questions about the idols and blind devotion to them, its replied, "We found our fathers worshippers of them."

The significance goes beyond "old generation, forefathers" but in broader context it applies to our conditioned mind. If we bring the context of an historical description of what happened in the time of Abraham to the microcosm individual, it signifies our mental block, barrier, association and attachment through which we create prison, we create idol house and by putting all our attention bound to them "religiously" we become blind from "Reality". Only when we break free from the idols of our own attachment and forms, we become truly free and come closer to truth.

"Earthly forms are only shadows of the Sun of Truth- a cradle for babes, but too small to hold those who have grown to spiritual manhood." - Medieval Source Book on Rumi

We live in a world of forms and forms are necessary for its purpose, but seeing with the eyes of heart, realizing and going beyond forms is always the path of the seeker of truth. As Rumi says:
"Pass beyond forms, escape from names!
Flee titles and names toward meaning!"



. Related post from Islam from Inside

:: On Seeing Beyond Forms


COMMENTS

Name

99 names abida activism adab adamandeveit advaita alchemy alchemy of the divine Ali alka Allah almsgiving americandiary anab antiwar art article ascetic attributes audio authority award bahai bahaullah bangla bangladesh baul bawa beauty bengali bhakti bible bill whitehouse biography blog book book review booklog bosnia breath bual buddha buddhism calligraphy carnival carolyn charity children Christ christian christianity Christology click comparative comparative religion compassion consciousness contemplative tradition conversation cosmology counsel creative creative thought creative thoughts crucifixion current affairs dante darshan death deception democracy desert spirituality destiny devotion Dhikr diary documentary donation download dreamwork DVD dying earth ecospirituality ego egypt eid end time endtime enlightenment eschatology esoteric ethics event evil exegesis exergesis experience faith fast fasting feminine folk forgiveness fundraising ghayb gita globaloneness gnosis God golden sufi gospel governance gratitude guestblog guide on the path gurdjieff hadith hadra hafez hafiz haiku hajj haqiqat haqqu hasidic headscarf headscarves healing health heart hinduism history humanright humor husayn illusion imran-hosein in_quest_of_oasis inayat khan infographic inspiration integral spirituality interview islam islamophobia jesus Jesus Christ Jewish journalism judaism justice kabir kahlil gibran kenwilber Koan Koran krishna language last age law of attraction life link Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee love love. inspiration lyric mahmud shabistari maktub malamat mansur hallaj mary mary magdalene Mawlid meditation meditative quranic verse mercy metaphysics miracle miraj Mohammad mosque movie Muhammad music muslim mystic mysticism mysticsaint poetry mysticsaint prayer mysticsaint thought Nachman naomi naqshbandi nature news news. jesus tomb old age oneness origin original osho palestine paradox peace philosophy photography pir zia inayat khan pluralism podcast poem poem on God poetry poety poll porshee positive psychology poverty practice prayer presence present project Prophet Muhammad protest psychology qawwali question quote Quran quranic rabbi meir ben Baruch ramadan reality reincarnation relation religion Remembrance resource Resurrection retreat review roundup rumi sacred activism sacred geometry sacrifice saint saints saying sayings of Prophet science secularism self service Shadhiliyya shamanism Shamcher Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee shrine Sidi Sikh social media sohbet song soul sound speedlink spiritual spiritual materials spirituality statistics story submission sufi sufi healing sufi podcast sufi poetry carnival sufi tale sufi tariqa sufi wisdom sufi-infographic sufihaqqu sufis sufism sufism wisdom sufism. hinduism sufitale surrender survey symbology tafsir tagore tantra tao teaching technology ted temple terrorism the secret thelogy thought thoughts time translation travel tribute truth unity upanishad vatican veda veil video view violence visit webcast wisdom witness woman workshop worship yoga zakat zawiya zen zen mind Zikr
false
ltr
item
Technology of the Heart: idol of mental attachment
idol of mental attachment
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IFpg2m9UrgY/SCH5uHu7wNI/AAAAAAAAB0g/l_bQ5UyUbkA/s320/idol.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IFpg2m9UrgY/SCH5uHu7wNI/AAAAAAAAB0g/l_bQ5UyUbkA/s72-c/idol.jpg
Technology of the Heart
http://www.techofheart.co/2008/05/idol-of-mental-attachment.html
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/2008/05/idol-of-mental-attachment.html
true
9500025
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago