49:15 "Mu'mens (believers) are those who believe in GOD and His messenger, then attain the status of having no doubt whatsoever, and strive with their money and their lives in the cause of GOD. These are the truthful ones."
I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is except to say that I have had a very bizarre year of sorts, the feeling of which the bolded part of this verse captures for me.
For the longest time, I have had a belief in God. It was mostly arrived at logically, through intellectual means, peppered here and there with glimmers of actual experience of the Divine. The glimmers weren't sufficiently overwhelming enough for me to completely remove all doubt. My ego always chattered to me, whispered at me, suggesting that this or that experience could just be coincidence, delusion, or desire.
I had a highly personal experience recently which I can't really talk about, but which was undoubtedly a 'mystical' experience as the wisdom traditions call it. I can now fully relate to 49:15. I have zero doubt. I am 10,000% positive God exists. In fact, even speaking of it in those terms does it no justice. Talking about percentages belittles it. It implies being convinced of something, and being convinced still implies an intellect at work, and it's much more than that. My intellect has been satisfied for a while; I'm talking more about an experience. A transition from belief/faith into knowledge/experience. No more leap of faith, but rather absolute certitude.
17:36 "And do not uphold what you have no knowledge of. For the hearing, eyesight, and heart, all these you are responsible for."
My hearing and eyesight (i.e. sensory-intellectual apparatuses) were always convinced but now my heart knows as well.
Has anyone else felt this? If so, was it one significant experience? Or a gradual process? Care to share what spurred it on?
What actually prompted me to make this thread was Carl Jung. My favorite psychologist of all time, a great scholar who fused spirituality with the science of the mind. When he was 82 years old, he gave this interview to BBC. In this 20 second clip, he's asked about his belief in God. And what he says, and the peaceful knowing smile he says it with, hits the nail on the head for me.
I would never presume enough to compare myself to Jung or to call myself a mu'min, but all I know is I now have felt exactly what Jung felt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ25Ai__FYU&feature=related
And it's such a beautiful feeling. Excuse the sentimentality.