2010-08-03 Marbella, Spain / Resurrection / Auferstehung / Ressurreição / Resurrección

Resurrection is the concept of coming back to life after death. In a number of ancient religions, a dying-and-rising god is a deity which dies and resurrects.

Some believe the soul is the actual vehicle by which people are resurrected. Others believe that we do not have souls and that this is a reason to deny that there is any life after death.

There are two aspects of resurrection, the negative and the actual. The negative resurrection takes place when we pass to the higher planes of existence.

This is the meaning of those words in the Hadith, ‘Die before death.’ This negative resurrection is the teaching of the Sufis, and is the whole object of the contemplative life, which they lead.

It takes away the fear of death, and death becomes the bridge that unites friend with friend.

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