Two pillars of socio-spiritual chaos, Part 1 9 June 2008Posted by MOZAFFAR in Misc.
The first pillar of socio-spiritual chaos is polytheism. When you have multiple gods to choose from (including God Himself), then your heart is vulnerable. You have multiple directions to turn. You might define the whole system of deities in your belief system to be one unified monotheism, or one unified pantheism, or outright polytheism, but, what matters in this situation is the number of sources you turn to for fulfillment of your needs and desires. If you have multiple such directions, then you have, in reality one direction. When you have multiple gods then you do have one god that supercedes all other gods. That real god is your Commanding Self, your nafs al-amāra. Your appetites become your god.
How would a person navigate among the many gods, except when the need arises in his/her life? When that need arises is dictated by the components of the Self. When the Self is left to wonder freely then, for many such people, they have opened the door wide open for their nafs al-amāra to take over. Thus, when the their Commanding Self tells them they need something, then they turn to those relevant gods to fulfill that need, while the other gods are not needed. When they need something else, then they turn to the other gods.
And Allah knows best…