Edited and Slides by Omar K Neusser
28. Seeing the Real With Vision of Transcendence and Immanence
The philosophers held that they could achieve realization by disciplining the soul and actualizing the intellect, but Ibn al-ʿArabī criticized them for thinking that they could see the full self-disclosure of the Real with only one eye of the heart, that is the intellect, which quickly perceives God’s necessity and transcendence.
But the heart has a second eye, illumined imagination. Only this eye can perceive the reality of God’s immanence and presence in all things.
The role of the prophets is to provide the means to open both eyes and to see the Real with a balanced vision of transcendence and immanence. Reliance on intellect alone, which understands transcendence but falls short in grasping immanence, prevents full realization of the human potential. Thus Ibn al-ʿArabī criticized the Muslim philosophers, even while acknowledging that they were correct in their vision of the Necessary Existent.
Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi; Presentation of Some 29 Texts