Symbols of the world's religions

               

Part 1

FANA-FILLAH — THE GOAL OF GOD IN THE MAN STATE

Meher Baba

 
In Sufi terms fana means "passing-away-in." Fana has two stages: the first stage of fana is the conscious experience of the absolute vacuum state, and the second stage of fana or fana-fillah is the conscious experience of the "I am God" state.

Fana-fillah, the second stage, is the Goal of God in the man state where God in human form, that is, as man, ultimately realizes the "I am God" state with full consciousness. This is the state of final majzoobiyat as it is termed by the Sufis.

Much before the first stage of fana is attained, God in the man state, as man, had full consciousness of the limited ego or "I," mind, energy, body and the world in an ordinary awake state, because the full consciousness of God in the man state, as man, was directly focused on them through their finite impressions. And as soon as the consciousness of God in the man state, as man, began to involve, the involved consciousness experienced gradually the six planes of sub-super-consciousness through impressions gathered and spent in each of the six planes.

When the sub-super-consciousness completely involved, that is, was withdrawn inwards towards Himself, then God in the man state, as man, gained the seventh plane of super-consciousness devoid of all impressions. This was the final stage in attaining the Goal.

 

GOD SPEAKS, 1st Indian ed, 2001, pp. 125-126
1973 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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