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Such a "half-born" man usually strives for and grasps what is close to him even though it impedes his development. Dominated by immediate needs and the voice of his super ego he fails to listen to his humanistic conscience or to his inner voice. 1 In such a situation fiction becomes real and falsity appears as truth. What the individual calls personality is really that which shadows his potential personality and deprives him of maturing. That which he calls self is really that which veils his self, and what to him is " I " is only a barrier to his becoming " I .

Was crucified. D. Sufi theory had become more refined. Among the several prominent Sufis of that era was the notable Arab, Ibn al-Arabi (d. ). D. a number of great Persians further developed the Sufi theory. Among them were : Farid al-Din 'Attar, and finally the greatest of all mystics, Jalal al-Din M. Rumi (1207-1273), who even transcended the concept of union with God. He advocated union with all and declared love to be the creative force in nature. In essence, Sufism develops in the individual a process of repeated rebirth until he attains selfrealization (the state of final integration).

Insight Is compared to a sword which cuts the root of the past and future thereby illuminating the moment. It is a light which appears after sudden thunder. 2 . On perceiving the ultimate state of human existence. Al-Ghazzali, the theologian, forsook his high university post to seek Sufi perfection. F o r the same reason ' A t t a r , the noted pbarmlcist, gave u p bis position after experiencicg awareness through the guidance of another Sufi. R u m i , undoubtedly the greatest of all Sufis, also underwent a transformation when t h e ' perfect m a n " f namely, Shams of Tabriz) informed him that knowledge results when the knower, the known and the knowing beccme o c e .

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