Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Principle of 'No'!!

The following paragraphs were just posted to my websites and constitutes a mission or official policy statement, if you will, that governs the intent and content of the postings which appear on my websites, blogs, and the material within all of my publications. 


The website operates in accordance with the Principle of 'No'. Another way of giving expression to the spiritual orientation that is rooted in the 'Principle of No' is to bear witness (via my writings, actions, commitments, values, and beliefs) that: 'There is no reality but the truth'.

The foregoing principle or form of bearing witness requires me to declare the following: I am against violence -- that is, I say "No!!" to such acts -- irrespective of whether those activities are given expression through: religious fundamentalists (of whatever denomination) who seek to forcibly impose their beliefs on others; national security agencies; the killing of innocents (through whatever means); domestic abuse; compulsory educational systems; sexual exploitation; slavery; ethnic cleansing; tyrannical governmental agencies (whether in the United States or elsewhere); corporate pathology; techniques of undue influence; financial/banking injustices; censorship; military adventurism (via armies, militias, jihadists, mercenaries, and so-called 'freedom fighters'); unfair and unsafe labor practices; ecological destruction; police brutality; suicide bombings; processes of ideological control (e.g., propaganda and indoctrination); spiritual abuse; market manipulations; arbitrary legal and constitutiional systems; intelligence agencies; political parties; torture (or 'enhanced interrogation'); unwarranted surveilance; extreme rendition; spying; assassination; drones; martial law; preemptive wars; congressional malfeasance; executive imperalism/dictatorship; inhumane prison conditions and treatment; as well as oppressive social/economic/religious/political majorities or minorities which results in the violation of basic human rights involving: truth, worship, speech, creed, assembly, health care, learning, shelter, food, privacy, movement, and sovereignty.

In my opinion, all of the foreging forms of violence constitute expressions of terrorist-oriented practices, and this is true whether, or not, such expressions of violence are perpetrated by: nations, states, governmental agencies, organizations, banks, the judiciary, institutions, social groups, economic entities, international bodies, the media, military personnel, or individuals. Some years ago, Issac Asimov -- a writer and teacher -- indicated in one of his fictional works that: "Violence is the last refuge of incompetence." In other words, only people who are incompetent when it comes to issues of: truth, character, justice, sovereignty, integrity, and decency find a sense of refuge or solace in using violence to control and destroy the lives of other human beings.

Approximately a thousand years ago, the Sufi saint Hazrat al-Hujwiri (also known as Hazrat Dada Ganj Baksh) stated in his Kashf al-Mahjub -- and he, actually, was quoting someone from a still earlier time -- "Once Sufism was a reality without a name, and now it is a name without a reality." The problem has gotten worse since that time.

One of the primary purposes of this Web Site is to serve as a virtual library (including written, audio, and video selections) that is intended to provide authentic information on, and insight into, numerous dimensions of the Sufi (tasawwuf) Path, in particular, and Islam, in general. There is nothing in any of the writings or audio and video presentations which appear on this website which run contrary to the 'Principle of No' that was outlined in the opening paragraphs of this web page. This is also true of the more than thirty publications (covering over 12,000 pages of material) that are available through Bilquees Press. I invite you to test the truth of the foregoing claim for yourself either in relation to the material contained in this web site or in any of my real world or virtual world publications. The 'Principle of No' is at the very heart of Islam and the Sufi Path. Until an individual says no to all the myriad delusional modes of perpetrating violence against others and oneself, one will not be in a position to recognize, understand, and acquiesce to the truth of reality's nature ... including one's own potential for serving as a locus of manifestation in relation to reflecting, according to one's capacity and Divine Grace, certain dimensions of the truth concerning the nature of reality.


Marina Montanaro said...

Isn't the right word "Anamnesis" ?!?

Anab Whitehouse said...

Since I am the person who invented the word, the 'right' way to spell the term in question is any way that I choose. There are no rules of etymology which require me -- or anyone else -- to maintain a given spelling with respect to the original Greek word. All etymology is based -- either loosely or literally -- on variations of words from either another language or an earlier form of a given spoken language. You obviously knew enough to understand the etymological allusion being given, and this is why you responded as you did. Consequently, I am happy to say that my invented word established the resonance I desired with respect to your restricted way of approaching the word I coined. Like Nabokov, I am sensitive to the manner in which linguistic sounds trip off the tongue, and, as a result, disliked the way 'anamnesis' sounded when I spoke it. So, I changed the spelling (and, as coiner of the word: 'amanesis,' this is my prerogative) to something which was more palatable to my tongue and ear and, perhaps, that of others who are English speakers as well. Quite frankly, given the seriousness of the issues being dealt with in my post, I am a little surprised that you would take the time to make such an irrelevant comment rather than add something of a much more constructive nature to the discussion. As your coterie of associates is wont to say: 'Love and chocolate and may the frogs be with you'. Say hello to Alan for me.