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On LoveIn the Muslim Tradition$
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Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227518

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227518.001.0001

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The Heart

The Heart

(p.48) The Heart
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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The will must both deny and affirm: if it must deny objects toward which the self strives, in view of their deceptiveness, which is revealed in changeability, it must also affirm them, in view of its freedom of choice. Denial comes from freedom. Through it, the self establishes itself in its divergence: an inclination to evil, reprimand, or the constant remembrance of several possibilities and, finally, the attainment of peace in which human and Divine will are reconciled through the same satisfaction in the actualization of the truth that there is no will other than the Will. The self is divided in its verticality between the body, as solidification toward nothingness, and the spirit, as the highest level in existence. The spirit, or the mind, illuminates the totality of the self, but light is mediated through the heart. The heart is turned toward both oneness and multiplicity. It is the child of the relationship between the spirit and the soul.

Keywords:   heart, will, self, evil, peace, body, spirit, soul, oneness, multiplicity

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