The writings of Makhdoom Sharafuddin (1263–1380 CE) contain certain concepts and doctrines which are generally believed to have been articulated a few centuries after him. One such mystical doctrine known as ‘Unity of Manifestation’ (Wahdat ash-Shuhud) was propagated in the eleventh century of the Islamic era by Shaykh Ahmad al-Faruqi (1564–1624 CE) to contradict the then prevalent concept of ‘Unity of Being’ (Wahdat al-Wujood).
It is true that Shaykh Ahmad al-Faruqi (nicknamed, Mujaddid Alf Thani) was par excellence the greatest exponent of the doctrine of the Unity of Manifestation but one is surprised to see that Makhdoom Sharafuddin, too, had clearly delineated the fundamental position of this concept about two and a half centuries before it was revived by the Mujaddid. …
An erratic concept prevalent for quite a long time among the then mystics was that sainthood occupies a place more exalted and sublime than Prophethood: the saints being always attracted to divine perfection severed all relationship with the world and sentient beings around them while the prophet’s mission being to propagate and expound the revealed truth, the latter had, very often, to remain in contact with their fellow beings.
And, since, the fellowship of God was a task more consecrated than the fellowship of human beings, the saints held a more elevated and hallowed place than the Prophets did.
Some other mystics, however, made a distinction between the two states of prophets when they were absorbed in Divine propinquity and when they were busy disseminating the divine message among their fellow beings, and thereby concluded that the prophets in their former occupation enjoyed a higher position than when they performed the function of their ministry. …
On arriving in Ajmer the Khwaja and his disciples sat down to rest in the shade of a large tree. This weary group of mystics had barely sat down when some camel-keepers arrived and said in a harsh tone: “Move out from here. This is the sitting place for the king’s camels.”
The Khwaja politely replied that the camels could sit somewhere else as there was a lot of free space available. But the camel-keepers were adamant in their claim and started behaving aggressively. Left with no other option, the Khwaja said in a calm tone: “Relax! We are moving out. …
The Almighty God is only and only One but known by various names in different languages.
While the Muslims consider ‘Qur’an’ to be the ‘Word of God’ whereas the Hindus consider ‘Vedas’ to be the ‘Word of God’.
Vedas consist of four books, namely Rig-ved, Samved, Yajurved and Atharved. Next in importance are the Upanishads of which thirteen are primary. The Vedas and the Upanishads are considered to be ‘smriti’, that which is heard or revealed from God. The later texts are known as ‘shruti’, that which is remembered and written down. …
Born Siddhartha Gautama was known as ‘Shakyamuni’ (i.e. ‘Sage of the Shakya Clan’) to his followers. ‘Buddha’ was the title conferred on him when he had attained enlightenment.
Literal meaning of the word “Buddha” is “One who is awakened to the truth”. This can be better understood from the following definition by H.P.Blavatsky:
Buddha (Sk.) Lit., “The Enlightened”. The highest degree of knowledge. To become a Buddha one has to break through the bondage of sense and personality; to acquire a complete perception of the REAL SELF and learn not to separate it from all other selves; to learn by experience the utter unreality of all phenomena of the visible Kosmos foremost of all; to reach a complete detachment from all that is evanescent and finite, and live while yet on Earth in the immortal and the everlasting alone, in the supreme state of holiness. …
Kalki is considered the tenth avatar of Vishnu. He is foretold to appear at the end of ‘Kali Yuga’, the current epoch.
“Kalki” literally means “destroyer of the filth”. That is to say, the Kalki avatar would destroy all the evil and corrupt practices and will restore the Dharma (true religion) in its original form. The Purana scriptures foretell that Kalki will be atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword.
Till date, only one person has matched all the characteristics of Kalki and he is none other than Prophet Muhammad. The only problem was the timing of his appearance. He did appeared in the Kali Yuga but not at its end. Now, we all very well know that horses and swords are things of the past. In today’s time, there are guns, tanks, fighter planes, bombs, missiles, etc. And the rate at which technology is developing we are only going to witness nuclear and arsenic attacks. No one would revert to the old-fashioned swords and horses. …
After the creation of the Order of Nuns, Gautama Buddha had told Ananda thus:
“Ananda, if women had not obtained the going forth from the house life into homelessness in the Dharma and Discipline declared by the Perfect One, the holy life would have lasted long, the holy life would have lasted a thousand years. But now, since women have obtained it, the holy life will not last long, the holy life will last only five hundred years.”
(The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, p.106)
There are two important prophecies indicated by the above statement of Gautama Buddha. Firstly, the purity of his teachings lasted only for five hundred years from his time. This means that since the beginning of the first century CE the purity of his teachings has been lost and the so called Buddhists no longer lead a holy life. Secondly, it indicates the arising of Maitreya Buddha in the sixth century CE as the holy life was supposed to last for thousand years if the order of nuns was not created. …
In traditional Hinduism, a total of 14 Manu are mentioned by names. Of these the first one to come upon earth was Svayambhuva Manu who is better known as Adam (peace be upon him).
And the seventh Manu is called Vaivasvata Manu, also known as ‘Jal–plavan–Manu’, i.e., ‘Manu of the Great Deluge’. He was a man of great integrity and a chosen one of God.
The Satapatha Brahmana (compiled around 8th to 6th century BCE) has this to say about Manu: “There lived in ancient time a holy man called Manu, who, by penances and prayers, had won the favour of the Lord of the heaven.” …
Some of the important prophecies from the Bible are as follows:
“The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.”
“And the Lord said unto me, ‘They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put MyWords in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.’”
(Deuteronomy 18:15, 17, 18)
The above prophecy clearly indicates that the promised prophet will be from among the Ishmaelists as the Israelites as a whole are being addressed here and they are told that the promised prophet would be raised from amongst their brethren (i.e. …
No question of expecting the Promised Messiah as he had already come and gone.
A mind-boggling discovery was made in the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ (3rd century BCE — 1st century CE). It was about the promised two Messiahs, and not one as taught by the early Christian Church which was mostly busy monopolizing Christianity and destroying earlier recordings of Jesus Christ and his true disciples [such as banning the authentic books and blacklisting them at the Nicene Council held in 325 CE].
The prediction of two messiah is something that many scholars in Judaism very well know.
These scrolls also refer to the two messiahs as 1) priestly messiah, and 2) lay messiah. …