Thursday, November 1, 2007


The Holy Qur’an says: ‘Then let the human being look at his food!!!’ [80:24]. One of the brilliant principles that can positively regulate and direct our lives is the relationship between the human body and the human spirit. Unlike the proponents of Dualism, who consider the human being to be a dichotomy of spirit and body such that there is no kind of interaction whatsoever between the two, theosophers of insight hold that the human body is a lower manifestation of his spirit, and the latter is a perfected level of the former. In fact the spirit was born succeeding the movement of perfection of the human body. The Holy Qur’an alludes to this reality in [23:14]. Therefore there exists a unity between the body and the spirit, and whatever happens to the body affects the spirit, and vice versa. Small wonder it is that various traditions emphasize, the quality, quantity and the source of the food that we consume. For example, in one of the traditions we are notified and told that the influence left by earning unlawful sustenance are so far reaching that they also affect our “progeny” too [Al-Kafi, v.5, p.125]. The contemporary master of 'Irfan Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli (may Allah protect him and elevate his status) in one of his masterpiece works Surat wa Sirate Insan Dar Qur’an tells us that never can unlawful food and drink turn into sound intellectual reasoning and theoretical gnosis, thus indicating the link between “physical food” and “metaphysical thought” [Ref:, p.23-24]. Dear readers, this nondescript has availed you with a principle that if observed would facilitate your salvation in this world and the Hereafter.

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