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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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(p.11) Uprightness
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

Truth for a person means his existence through what he is. The human self is thus identified with its essence. However, thought is incapable of surpassing ontological objectification and fundamental duality. Duality may be resolved in the following demand: to know only what is—God; to be only what is known—the Self. In a man there are two identities present that are not reducible to a common measure: the anima, which strives toward happiness and survival in happiness, and the spiritus, or pure Intellect, whose identity is rooted in fullness. The human being is positioned on three levels—body, soul, and spirit. In all its thinking about itself and the world, the “I” confirms and preserves this border, for the “I” cannot exist without it. Hence the human “I” longs and yearns for what lies beyond that border that is, release from duality. “I” is related to “you”, and this relation is transformed into the admission of full otherness, which, by means of its oneness, passes through and surpasses all multiplicity.

Keywords:   truth, self, duality, God, Intellect, Reality, anima, spiritus, happiness, fullness

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