Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Ascending And Descending Angels

[Yusufali 16:2] He doth send down His angels with inspiration of His Command, to such of His servants as He pleaseth, (saying): "Warn (Man) that there is no god but I: so do your duty unto Me."

"Then the Prophet ascended to the seventh heaven, and that is where our Messenger saw Prophet Ibrahim. Prophet Ibrahim is the best of the prophets after our prophet, Muhammad. The Prophet saw Prophet Ibrahim with his back against al-Bayt al-Ma^mur. To the inhabitants of the skies, al-Bayt al-Ma^mur is like the Ka^bah is to us, the inhabitants of the earth. Every day 70,000 angels go there; then exit from it, and never return. The next day another 70,000 angels go, come out, and never return. This will continue until the Day of Judgment. In this, there is an indication as to the greatness of the numbers of the angels--their numbers are far more than the numbers of the humans and the jinns together".SOURCE

Grandshaykh Sharafuddin narrated the following story:

The year in which Abu Muhammad Qasim was to leave this world,he set out on a pilgrimage on the third of Ramadan.When he arrived at al-Qudayd,where pilgrims usually sojourn,GOD opened to his vision to behold angels desending from heaven and ascending in countless numbers.They would come down,visit the place,and then go back up.And while he watched these angels carrying the the blessings with which GOD was sending them,it was as if that light and concentrated power was being poured into his heart directly,filling it with sincerity and GOD-conciousness

(from Classical islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi/History of the saints of the golden chain)

"You may remember Ramakrishna's saying that the Jivakoti can ascend the stairs, but not return, while the Ishwarakoti can ascend and descend at will. If that is so, the Jivakoti might be those who describe only the curve from Matter through Mind into the silent Brahman and the Ishwarakoti those who get to the integral Reality and can therefore combine the Ascent with the Descent and contain the “two ends” of existence in their single being."

Sri Aurobindo

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