We can only project outwardly what we possess inwardly. Our ability to decipher a certain input of data depends solely on the database we have been building since our birth.
For example, the tendency to be fond of, and drawn to beauty, is a property of the brain. It may be related to either genetic traits or astrological influences, such as the position of Venus in one’s natal chart. In any case, how this inclination externalizes in Iran is different to how it is expressed in Africa, or Japan or the United States of America. Depending on how environmental conditionings shapes one’s database, traits that are primarily common to the whole of humanity, become externalized through innumerably various means.
Are ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ states of particular frequencies?
All information or ‘data’ in our database are particular frequencies. One’s experience of heavenly pleasures is directly proportionate to how rich and comprehensive one’s database is. Hence, the different levels of Heaven!
This is why Muhammad (saw) encourages the aspiration of knowledge with his words:
“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”,for the acquisition of knowledge is what increases the capacity of our database that exists in our brain and gets uploaded to our spirit. Our experience of life is the very result of the information contained in this database. The quality and abundance of knowledge that we supply to it, is what defines our ‘experience’ of life, and whether it is hell-like or heaven-like.
The Sufis say: “Abstain from conversing with the foolish!”
Who are the foolish?
Those who are ignorant of their ignorance!
Why must one ‘abstain’? Simply because such people cannot add anything to an aspirant of knowledge. An aspirant should befriend those whose knowledge is greater and further than his, approaching the contrary only with the intent to share his knowledge.
An aspirant seeks to accumulate knowledge with the same eagerness that a worldly person seeks to accumulate money and wealth, as he denies the afterlife. This is because an aspirant knows he cannot attain any more knowledge; hence develop his spirit any more after the point of death. This is why it is crucial for the aspirant to take heed of his masters’ words: “Seek knowledge from cradle to grave”, “Seek knowledge even if it is in China”, “Befriend those who are ahead of you in knowledge!”
Commodious knowledge is knowledge that serves useful after death, whereas useless knowledge serves no purpose in the afterlife. When the enlightened ones warn us against the attainment of useless knowledge, they are not prohibiting the acquisition of such knowledge altogether but, in fact, advising us not to be fixated or obstructed by it. For all encountered knowledge serves some purpose in life and nothing is encountered by coincidence.
All things experienced by creation are inclusive of their preordained purpose and program. Nothing is without reason. We are all individually equipped with the necessary program to fulfill the purpose the Creator has willed for us. We cannot execute a code that isn’t written in our kernel!
Let me give an example from myself…