“The Eternal One” by Lee & Steven Hager

“The Eternal One” by Lee & Steven Hager 

reflection on the work of Hasan Askari

We didn’t have the privilege of meeting Hasan Askari while he walked
this earth, but we have come to know him through his son Musa, and his
abiding spirit that continues to live through his words. As Hasan
himself said, “A book written by a sage is like the residence in which
he still lives.”
We felt especially drawn to Hasan because he was

among those rare seekers who looked both within and then is also able
to look without. He recognized, “Before we ask about the other out
there, we should ask about the other in us, our nobler and loftier
neighbor and companion, Soul.”
But instead of becoming caught up

solely within his personal inner explorations as many do, Hasan turned
his attention to the problems that fill our world. His work speaks of
his heartfelt desire to help others look past the outward religious
dissimilarities that separate us and instead discover the great truths
that unite us all at the core.
 
Enlightenment can be described as an inner awakening that allows us to
see past the illusion of separate forms and realize the Oneness of All
That Is. Hasan wrote, “The life which is multiple and diverse at the
human end is One at the Divine end.”
He was not the first person to

awaken to this truth, and he won’t be the last, but it was extremely
important to him that we all see beyond our humanity and make a
connection at the level of the soul. Hasan recognized that while
religion has often been a huge bone of contention, it can also become
a tool for unity when we understand that all souls are united by the
same eternal truths, and those seeds of truth can be found within
religion when we look past the surface.
 
In the introduction of his translation of “Solomon’s Ring: The Life
and Teachings of a Sufi Master,” Hasan said, “I was looking for a
language which could make dialogue possible and mutually enriching
between people of different religious traditions. I was already free
from sectarian and religious dogmatism…Real speech was for me a
linking of soul with soul.”
Hasan found that language when he

discovered the distinction between belief and faith. He wrote, “While
belief is a part of the cumulative tradition, faith is the personal
immediate possession of each individual by which one relates to one’s
life…faith is thus an inner ability to relate and communicate without
fear”

So much of the world’s self-imposed misery could be avoided if
humanity embraced that understanding. As Hasan recognized, we often
mistakenly cling to the trappings of religion, much as we cling to the
outer trappings and traditions of our national origins, because we
mistakenly believe they define us. In doing so, we fail to ask
ourselves how something that is essentially non-material (the Self or
soul) could be defined by something associated with the material. We
become militant in their defense because we fear being swallowed up
and lost, but as Hasan pointed out, “Love is the harmony into which
all contradictions resolve.”
Love is the glue that holds us in

oneness, but we cannot see it when we’re tied to outward appearance.
But if we dug up several different types of trees and looked only at
the roots, we would find that it’s very difficult to tell them apart.
 
However, as Hasan recognized, opening ourselves to others requires
courage. Hasan’s son Musa relates that we must first recognize that
the ‘other’ is not truly ‘other,’ but “someone from whom one can
learn; that their experience has something deeply meaningful to
offer.” We find this a frightening prospect because, as Musa points
out, we “run the risk of being transformed positively by the witness
and testimony of the other.” Our first challenge, if we wish to see
positive changes in our world, is to stop seeing anyone else as
‘other’ and embrace Oneness.
 
We are surely at a critical time in man’s history. Certainly human
beings have always been at odds, but we have never before had the
capability of ending our arguments by obliterating life as we know it.
If there was ever a time to heed the words of visionaries and
peacemakers like Hasan Askari, it is now. Our differences have not
given us anything of value, our oneness can.
 
Where there is no other, there is no fear. To the extent this
awareness is obscured, fear will rise in the same degree
—Hasan Askari 

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Lee & Steven Hager, the authors of “The Beginning of Fearlessness: Quantum Prodigal Son.” Writing about themselves, “We’re just like you. We have no special qualifications, but after years of struggle, we discovered the key to living a life of fearlessness. If we could, you can too.” Please continue reading more about Lee & Steven and their unique journey of living a life of “fearlessness” http://www.thebeginningoffearlessness.com/

See earlier article on this blog by Lee & Steven “That’s Good” https://spiritualhuman.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/thats-good-by-lee-steven-hager/

7 thoughts on ““The Eternal One” by Lee & Steven Hager”

  1. Dear Musa,
    We are grateful that you have taken the time out of your own very busy life to introduce your father’s words to new generations who are interested in spirituality and concerned about the state of our world. We feel that we know Hasan through you, and it is a great privilege. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share these thoughts.
    Love,
    Lee & Steven

  2. Dear Lee & Steven,

    I must congratulate you both on another beautiful article. The way you have summed up your experience getting to know Musa, and Hasan’s work is inspiring to heart and Soul. I find myself relating to it, in the most amazing way. I feel a deep love and reverence for all that is. I cannot thank you enough for this precious gift, of Oneness.

    Much love,
    Mia🙂

  3. Thank you Lee and Steven for this beautifully written article about the work of Hasan Askari.

    Though you say, “Our differences have not given us anything of value…” — I think they have. I think it has been part of our development as a species to realize ourselves as individuals, Jung’s phrase of Individuation. I think it is difficult to let go of the ego until one feels they have become a Person, and that they are indeed a Self. At least that has been my experience. And now we have reached a critical juncture as you say, when seeing our Oneness is the key to survival in the next stage.
    Bless you both ~~~
    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,
      What we meant was ‘concentrating’ on our differences hasn’t given us anything of value. Guess that’s what comes of very late night editing. LOL. We are all unique, and that uniqueness has an important place within oneness, like the facets of a diamond. They each catch the light and reflect it in a different way, but they remain one with the whole of the diamond and increase it’s beauty. So we are not saying that our own unique talents and abilities should be rejected. However, looking only at form and believing those forms to be ‘other’ has made us all competitors rather than allies, and this has done nothing for us that could not have been done better (and more lovingly) within an attitude of oneness and cooperation. Hope that clears up what we meant.
      Love,
      L & S

      1. Oh yes! I am in complete agreement with you there!
        And for me personally, I don’t like to make any of the stages of development ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ or ‘misconstrued’ – as they are merely stages of development, and as different as first grade is to high school. Duality is and has been an important stage, a vital stage, and of course I celebrate with you – the incoming flow of Oneness ~~~~~
        Namaste dear friends ~
        Nancy

  4. A very comprehensive and well written article on Hasan Askari. I too have had the privilege of getting to ‘know’ Hasan in a very special way, on a very special journey of oneness. His observation of self and others has a humbling and awakening humaneness about life on this earth. I applaud you for the wonderfully written article ~
    Be blessed,
    Nora

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