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With proper education and rehabilitation of our mind, we can bring about great awareness. In Arabic it is dhikr. The root of this word means to remember. What is meant by 'remember'? It means remember yourself, take stock: in other words, if you freeze the action of this complex dynamic in one photographic frame, for one second, it makes you concentrate on it, be aware of it, see it as it is. When awareness occurs in the mental zone, the intellect begins to shed its own spontaneous light onto it. This is fikr, to reflect or think. It is discrimination.
There Is Nothing Other Than Yourself
Actions and reactions, and thought and action, are not separate. They are directly interrelated. You cannot say, 'I fooled them'. You have only fooled yourself. There is nothing other than yourself. Thousands of people throughout the ages, people of self-knowledge, have reached the same conclusion. And until one reaches that conclusion, one is baffled by the world outside.
Pure Consciousness / Awareness
Try and attain a total peace for five seconds. Try and sit completely and utterly tranquil with not a single thought in the mind. One may be aware of peace, silence or tranquility, but this is not what we are talking about. We are talking about pure consciousness that admits no awareness of itself; that is total, absolute peace. One may be aware of something nice, that is very tranquil, but that is agitation. One may also be aware of awareness, and also aware of the awareness of one's awareness. Two mirrors opposite each other illustrate well this condition. But can one be purely, simply, totally just awareness itself? Pure awareness.
The Basis of All Religions
Quietening the mind is achieved only by discipline and proper behaviour, by living according to proper laws that govern all interactions. This is what is called shari'ah. So far, what we have been talking about is haqiqah, the inner reality: the individual and the secret of beingness and unity. In order to contain and conserve energy, the individual must move within certain boundaries, be governed by certain basic laws. The source of this knowledge is imprinted in the chromosomes of the individual. 'Don't do to others what you don't want done to yourself.' This is the basic of all moral conduct - the basis of all religions before they became tarnished and adapted, and all sorts of superimpositions were put onto them. It is the absolute code of behaviour. Unless we have correct outward behaviour, we cannot change inwardly.