SOUL PURIFICATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF MAN'S IMPETUOSITY


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  • Yaşar ATİLA Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı, Öğretmen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31623/iksad072910

Keywords:

Soul, Impetuosity, Purification, Improvement

Abstract

Human is a soul-bearing being. The soul is actually the human themselves. The soul is their inside, their essence, their spirit, their breath. Education of humans is at the same time the process of purifying the soul from possible and potential evils within it and directing it towards goodness and making it permanent. In Sufi Thought, the more the soul is purified from evil, the more perfection a person attains. That is, they grow mature. The soul is a center where there are complex emotions, thoughts and impulses. In this center, all opposite feelings and thoughts, good and bad, right and wrong, altruistic and self-seeking, coexist. When these are not disciplined and purified, they contravene with each other, and sometimes one and sometimes the other rises and falls. The mood of the person also changes according to these ups and downs. According to mystics, the struggle of the soul against self, evil and enemy should continue for a lifetime. The soul, which is left alone and whose bad feelings and impulses are not purified, is dominated by evil and the soul becomes wanting evil.When we start to get to know humans, we see the existence of some positive and negative features that come from creation or are acquired later. One of these features is impetuosity. We encounter impetuosity very often in life, and we know that it affects one's quality of life. When the impetuosity, which exists potentially in the soul, is not kept under control, it appears in every necessary or unnecessary occasion and everywhere, making it difficult for a person to be calm and peaceful and act with common sense. Negative consequences of impetuous decisions are encountered very commonly. Being conscious about the impetuosity feature in humans, recognizing the factors that trigger its emergence, taking measures against these factors will make it easier for us to keep it under control. It is recommended by Muslim scholars to act with tender-mindedness, blandness, caution, deliberation, moderation, calmness and patience as a precautionary measure to correct impetuosity. In this study, by making use of the sources of mysticism and commentary, it has been tried to reveal that impetuosity is not an invariable feature of the soul, and that the way to become a mature person is through the purification of the soul.

Published

2021-12-15

How to Cite

ATİLA, Y. (2021). SOUL PURIFICATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF MAN’S IMPETUOSITY. IKSAD JOURNAL, 7(29), 133–149. https://doi.org/10.31623/iksad072910

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