“There is nothing in good higher than Delight (Oneg). There is nothing evil lower than Plague (Nega).”
— Sefer Yetzirah 2:4 (Aryeh Kaplan translation)
“Both scientia sacra and all the ancillary traditional sciences in
Islam may be said to issue the fountainhead of the inner wisdom
contained in the Quran in the same way that Hinduism considers the
traditional sciences to be the limbs of the Vedas.
Spiritual hermeneutics is the means whereby the intelligence,
sanctified by revelation, is able to penetrate into the heart of
revelation to discover the principle truth which is the very root
and substance of intelligence itself.
In this process the microcosmic manifestation of the Intellect,
which is the source of inner illumination and intellection,
unveils the inner meaning of that macrocosmic manifestation of the
Intellect which is revelation or more specifically Sacred Scripture.
Moreover, the same truth pertains mutatis mutandis to the inner
meaning of that other revealed book which is the cosmos itself”
— Seyyed Hossein Nasr (“Knowledge and the Sacred “).
“The law of our life can be summed up in the axiom ‘be what you are.’ As sons and images of God, we must have no higher or more urgent obligation than to resemble Him in the purity, the universality and the perfection of our freedom in divine love.”
If with the tongues of men and of messengers I speak, and have not love, I have become brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling;
and if I have prophecy, and know all the secrets, and all the knowledge, and if I have all the faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing;
and if I give away to feed others all my goods, and if I give up my body that I may be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing.
The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up,
doth not act unseemly, doth not seek its own things, is not provoked, doth not impute evil,
rejoiceth not over the unrighteousness, and rejoiceth with the truth;
all things it beareth, all it believeth, all it hopeth, all it endureth.
The love doth never fail; and whether [there be] prophecies, they shall become useless; whether tongues, they shall cease; whether knowledge, it shall become useless;
for in part we know, and in part we prophecy;
and when that which is perfect may come, then that which [is] in part shall become useless.
When I was a babe, as a babe I was speaking, as a babe I was thinking, as a babe I was reasoning, and when I have become a man, I have made useless the things of the babe;
for we see now through a mirror obscurely, and then face to face; now I know in part, and then I shall fully know, as also I was known;
and now there doth remain faith, hope, love — these three; and the greatest of these is love.
“‘There is nothing in good higher than Delight…..’ This is because the Bible refers to the most direct experience of God using the word ‘delight’ (Oneg). It is thus written, ‘Then you will delight upon God’ (Isaiah 58:14).”
— Aryeh Kaplan (Sefer Yetzirah:
The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice)