Posted by Munir A. Qureshi (18.104.22.168) on February 19, 2002 at 10:45:39:
Now a day I am studding LAWH-I-HIKMAT (Tablet of Wisdom)
Of Bahaullah in which He says, that „The sages aforetime acquired their knowledge from the Prophetsš, and „The essence and the fundamentals of philosophy have emanated from the Prophets.š
24 Although it is recognized that the contemporary men of learning are highly qualified in philosophy, arts and crafts, yet were anyone to observe with a discriminating eye he would readily comprehend that most of this knowledge hath been acquired from the sages of the past, for it is they who have laid the foundation of philosophy, reared its structure and reinforced its pillars. Thus doth thy Lord, the Ancient of Days, inform thee. The sages aforetime acquired their knowledge from the Prophets, inasmuch as the latter were the Exponents of divine philosophy and the Revealers of heavenly mysteries. Men quaffed the crystal, living waters of Their utterance, while others satisfied themselves with the dregs. Everyone receiveth a portion according to his measure. Verily He is the Equitable, the Wise.
25 Empedocles, who distinguished himself in philosophy, was a contemporary of David, while Pythagoras lived in the days of Solomon, son of David, and acquired Wisdom from the treasury of prophethood. It is he who claimed to have heard the whispering sound of the heavens and to have attained the station of the angels. In truth thy Lord will clearly set forth all things, if He pleaseth. Verily, He is the Wise, the All-Pervading.
26 The essence and the fundamentals of philosophy have emanated from the Prophets...."
It means that old celestial & other sciences were according to Devine knowledge and due to inspiration from prophets of God. Bahaullah also admires Aristotle as the „well-known man of knowledgeš
29 After Socrates came the divine Plato who was a pupil of the former and occupied the chair of philosophy as his successor. He acknowledged his belief in God and in His signs which pervade all that hath been and shall be. Then came Aristotle, the well-known man of knowledge. He it is who discovered the power of gaseous matter. These men who stand out as leaders of the people and are pre-eminent among them, one and all acknowledged their belief in the immortal Being Who holdeth in His grasp the reins of all sciences."
But kepler, Galileo, Newton and Darwin had changed the old theories of knowledge and Bahaullah didn‚t describe above masters of present knowledge. Please also be noted that the above modern scientists were not inspired form any prophet. All of us know well that structure of celestial science of Aristotle is rejected by Kepler & Galileo so how Aristotle alone be called as „the well known man of knowledgeš? So according to Bahaullah „unity of science & religion „ should be according to old philosophers of sciences. How modern scientists might be approved by religion, as they were not inspired by any of prophet? Please describe?
Munir A. Qureshi.
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