The Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit in Sufism

Aug 2019
9
Finland
Very interesting, thank you for the reference!

Indeed, I saw this kind of ideas emerge in 'Abd'ul Bahá's Paris Talks, especially the one held at L'Alliance Spiritualiste. Here's an excerpt I have recently found:

"The soul has two main faculties. (a) As outer circumstances are communicated to the soul by the eyes, ears, and brain of a man, so does the soul communicate its desires and purposes through the brain to the hands and tongue of the physical body, thereby expressing itself. The spirit in the soul is the very essence of life. (b) The second faculty of the soul expresses itself in the world of vision, where the soul inhabited by the spirit has its being, and functions without the help of the material bodily senses. There, in the realm of vision, the soul sees without the help of the physical eye, hears without the aid of the physical ear, and travels without dependence upon physical motion. It is, therefore, clear that the spirit in the soul of man can function through the physical body by using the organs of the ordinary senses, and that it is able also to live and act without their aid in the world of vision. This proves without a doubt the superiority of the soul of man over his body, the superiority of spirit over matter."
 
Aug 2019
9
Finland
This passage, which uses almost the same language as the Sufis do, has been really comforting in my spiritual walk:

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
For I will not contend forever,
nor will I always be angry;
for the spirit would grow faint before me,
and the breath of life that I made."
- Isaiah 57:15-16
 
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Tarshish, bound for Nineveh
This passage, which uses almost the same language as the Sufis do, has been really comforting in my spiritual walk:

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
For I will not contend forever,
nor will I always be angry;
for the spirit would grow faint before me,
and the breath of life that I made."
- Isaiah 57:15-16
I had not read this one before, but I really love it. Very profound.