Society for Understanding of Fundamental Ideas

Promoting Research, Knowledge and Development of the latent Faculties of the Human Being

 

"Because of real necessity, new organs of perception, power and action emerge. Thus, increase your true necessity!" - Rumi

The Human Being is only barely in a process towards the development of his latent potential; his faculties and powers are hardly at his disposal. This condition of underdevelopment creates distorted and restrictive ideas in the Human Being with regard to his self and his power. Within this lack of consciousness of his greater and profound reality, he develops narrow paradigms about himself and constructs an empty reality, which makes him live with a deep sense of helplessness and powerlessness to manage the complexities of his own internal and external life as a Human Being.

 

Due to technological development, it seems as if the Human Being is developing himself; this development however relates to only some small areas of life. In terms of his essential internal potential, his Being-Will-Power, His True Knowledge of himself, his real will, his profound consciousness, his capacity to decide, intention, voluntary attention and many other existing powers in his natural and essential being, we can observe that these hardly appear in his daily life. All sciences which have tried to study the Human Being, that have tried to uncover this mystery called “Human Being”, show us the immense need to construct in one’s mind a clear conception of these latent potentials, free of the pre-conceptual paradigmatic limits created by ignorance of what the Human Being really is, so we can arrive at a personal experience of our powers and faculties and achieve consciousness of the existence of these powers and capacities to thus be able to develop them.

 

This consciousness and development is what allows us to understand the “what for” of this existence and, as such, value and appreciate the fact that we are alive. Furthermore, many of the studies about the Human Being show us that the “state of happiness” which we search for is intimately related to the development of these faculties, remembering that the emptiness and the sensation of deficiency which the majority of us feel is only an illusion that generates suffering, which is founded on the unconsciousness of this immense potential which we carry in our internal essence.

 

Just like someone who enters a dark room and can see nothing, similarly, we can perceive little or nothing of our essential reality due to the lack of light of the internal consciousness. However, contrary to the person who enters the dark room and switches on the light to see what is in there, we, not knowing our perceptive situation, do not try to switch on this “internal light” because we believe that we are perceiving everything which there is to perceive, concluding over hastily that there is nothing else inside us but pure darkness. Therefore, we go out into the world trying to add things from the outside to our inside with the illusion of being able to fill this supposedly empty darkness.

 

This false perception of lacking creates a myriad of fallacious necessities and by trying to fulfil these in order to “be happy one day”, we dedicate our entire life to this cause without ever arriving at this eagerly anticipated moment of happiness and completeness. Because of this, the necessity to awaken us to the inner reality of what we are seeking is ever-present and will always be in our Essential Self. This is our birthright and to benefit from this Divine heritage, we only need to “switch on the light” of our Consciousness and perceive the abundance we have within our essential human existence.

 

Once this being has been discovered and revealed, and its amazing potential unearthed, each one of the beliefs of emptiness, deficiency and impotence vanishes and at the same time we can respond with very different capacities to the true needs that the objective existence presents to us. The law of evolution is clear: ”Conscious necessity evokes latent potential.”. In addition, we are told: “The conscious objective provides the means.”. If we are conscious of the existence of this potential, of the necessity to develop this self-knowledge and unveil these capacities and we understand the happiness and completeness in which we may live thanks to this evolution, those very same factors of clear perception awake the inner impulse so the internal potential can flourish.

 

The Human Being learns many things during the course of his life, but he learns little concerning how to Attend – Perceive – Recognise – Admire – and Love his essential self; he learns very little about how he can work with himself. This “Essential Self” should never have been confused with the “secondary self” which is the “habitual self”, patterns of behaviour and thinking which are created inside of us in life, what is known today by the name of “conditioning”.  The identification with this secondary self is the cause for the major veil that covers the Essential Self. Thus, the basis of our apparent problems, our suffering and our sensation of frustration is interpreted in a distorted way and inhibits us to reach a precise diagnosis of the problem. This confusion blocks the possibility of finding a solution.

 

This happens because we live in ignorance of ourselves and in the disuse of our powers and capacities, which are the internal tools that we count on from the moment, we are born, to fulfil our utmost essential destiny as well as find happiness and manifest it. Many human beings are content with only a very insignificant part of this potentiality, being complacent enough to exist at an inferior level compared to the higher potentials, which could be attained.

 

This excessive complacency is the major obstacle for the development of the Human Being. This complacence is the antithesis of “true necessity” and sincerity that is the “real interest in our self”. Sincerity and true necessity motivates and provokes these latent faculties to become active and, as such, manifest themselves. The other equally important obstacle is “negativity” in which we find ourselves by harbouring strong beliefs of incapacity, impotence and impossibility, where we completely negate the existence of these powers… In this way, we repress every consciousness of their existence and the necessity to discover them, thus preventing their activation.

 

The same widespread paradigm that “we came to this life to suffer” or that we are here for some kind of punishment reinforces the belief that there is no escape inside our Self from this type of pain and existential suffering. We believe that it has to be part of this “inherited punishment”.

 

The cynical attitude in this domain and a lack of vision of these possibilities is what leads us to despair and to self-doubt, which incapacitates us. This is what we are trying to eliminate first, in order to be able to attend with sincerity and true interest to this internal Self and to be capable of opening ourselves to the revelations which flow from the Essence to our most awoken consciousness. We intend to help those who are “ in need” and therefore who have true interest in the development of perception… those who can “Conceive Constructively”, “shed light” on themselves and their future outside of the paradigmatic blindness made from the pre-conceptions of themselves and life and thus evoke these higher essential possibilities of the Human Being.

 

Through this process of clarification of consciousness, we can start to perceive directly our essential self and experience for ourselves the direct vision or intuition of this immense latent potential and sample the taste of our essential destiny.

 

This new perception of ourselves only needs a trained attention and a mind which is free of limiting preconceptions and which can host in its core the existence of these capacities.

 

The “Society for Understanding of Fundamental Ideas” has the aim to be of service as a guide and help in the line of evolutionary action proposed in this statement. We desire that everyone who has real necessity will always find his way.

 

- The Society for Understanding of Fundamental Ideas

 

 

Please note: The Society is not associated with the legacy of Shah which can be found on his website www.idriesshah.org. Like Shah himself said to his son:
 
"When I am not here, some people we have always trusted will betray us. Beware of this. Others will stand forward as true friends, people who were in the shadows before. Many more will ask who I left as my successor. They will hound you, asking for a name. It is important that you tell them that my successor is my printed work. My books form a complete course, a Path, and they succeed when I cannot be there." - From the book "In Arabian Nights" by Tahir Shah, Page 216

The Society is a group of people which seeks to learn from Shah's successor, which is his work.

 


"Allow the Source of Being to maintain contact with you: IGNORE the impressions and opinions of your customary self. If this self were of value in your search, it would have found realization for you. But all it can do is to depend upon others." - Amin Suhrawardi

 

"To be mindful is to detach from fixed ideas and from preconceptions; and not to try to avoid what comes to your consciousness." – Abdul Hakim

 

"Do not look at my outward shape, but take what is in my hand.” - Rumi