The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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In point of fact, through death the soul enters the higher planes of existence freely, and that is the meaning of resurrection. 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 in the lift by means of the breath, and hold on to the rope, the physical body, and come back to the first floor, the earth, again. This is the meaning of those words in the Qur'an, "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."
  • Jesus, when passing from the earth, left behind his physical body for ever, and that was his positive resurrection.