"upper chamber" quote

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"upper chamber" quote

Postby deforrest » Mon Jan 26, 2004 8:41 am

I need help to locate what I have believed for years to be a quote from Abdul-Baha. I have searched all online sources, including Ocean and True Seeker, and many others but have not found it.

The quote (as I believe that I remember it) speaks about an "upper chamber" of our brain which is normally dormant but in a spiritual person it becomes activated. This section of our brain is susceptible to the 'breathings of heaven' (apparently).

Can anyone help me to locate this quote? Please?

Kind regards,

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Upper chamber may be Common faculty

Postby jdesson » Sun Feb 15, 2004 2:54 pm

Perhaps the upper chamber is the faulty that is common to both the inner and outer powers as stated in the quote by Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 209-211:

In man five outer powers exist, which are the agents of perception -- that is to say, through these five powers man perceives material beings. These are sight, which perceives visible forms; hearing, which perceives audible sounds; smell, which perceives odors; taste, which perceives foods; and feeling, which is in all parts of the body and perceives tangible things. These five powers perceive outward existences.

Man has also spiritual powers: imagination, which conceives things; thought, which reflects upon realities; comprehension, which comprehends realities; memory, which retains whatever man imagines, thinks and comprehends. The intermediary between the five outward powers and the inward powers is the sense which they possess in common -- that is to say, the sense which acts between the outer and inner powers, conveys to the inward powers whatever the outer powers discern. It is termed the common faculty, because it communicates between the outward and inward powers and thus is common to the outward and inward powers.

For instance, sight is one of the outer powers; it sees and perceives this flower, and conveys this perception to the inner power -- the common faculty -- which transmits this perception to the power of imagination, which in its turn conceives and forms this image and transmits it to the power of thought; the power of thought reflects and, having grasped the reality, conveys it to the power of comprehension;  211  the comprehension, when it has comprehended it, delivers the image of the object perceived to the memory, and the memory keeps it in its repository.

The outward powers are five: the power of sight, of hearing, of taste, of smell and of feeling.

The inner powers are also five: the common faculty, and the powers of imagination, thought, comprehension and memory.  
Jim Desson

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