8- Satan causing delusion by using a property of imagination

The delusion caused by Satan through using imagination

Satan using a property of imagination

Satan causing delusion by using a property of imagination

I will tell you some words now. Pay attention to what comes to your mind first when you hear the word!… Night… Black…. East…Summer….

You have probably thought of day when you have heard night, white when you have heard black, west when you have heard east and winter when you have heard summer. That is, the opposites of the words you have heard have come to your mind. 

It happens because of the following rule: Oppositeness which is the reason for distance outside is the reason for closeness in imagination. That is, in reality there is a big distance between night and day, black and white, east and west, and summer and winter. These opposite things never come together in reality. However, imagination brings opposites together; it is called "association of ideas".

The reason forassociation of ideas is the existence of some secret relations between things. There are sometimes bonds of relations between unexpected things. These relations either exist in person or imagination has formed those bonds and connected them. Therefore, sometimes seeing or thinking about a holy thing brings something ugly to the mind. When a person performs a prayer or a supplication or he meditates on a verse in the divine presence, association of ideas sometimes leads that person to distant meanings and disgraceful things.   

Sometimes, the heart gets tired and the mind busies itself with random things in order to amuse itself. Satan uses this source of delusion a lot.

The cure for getting rid of this delusion

The cure for getting rid of this delusion is not to panic, not to search, "what mistakes I have made?", to resume meditation when we notice that imagination is busy with dirty things. For, the more we feel sorry and give importance to it, the stronger the weak association gets; and it becomes a disease of imagination.  

We should know that it is not a disease of the heart. These kinds of memories are generally involuntary and they do not generally obey the will of a person. Therefore, they do not make a person responsible. 

In association of words, there is closeness but there is no contact or intermingling. Therefore, the qualities of the ideas do not spread to and do not harm one another. The inspirations of Satan and angels are close to each other in the heart; the closeness of good people and bad people and living in the same building do not harm each other. Similarly, the entrance of dirty visions into decent ideas due to association of ideas does not harm them. However, if it takes place voluntarily or if a person keeps himself too much busy with it thinking that he is harmed by it, he will be harmed.   

We have learned the following about this delusion so far:

1- Oppositeness which is the reason for distance outside is the reason for closeness in imagination.

2- Sometimes while thinking about a holy thing, something ugly may come to the mind due to association of ideas.

3- When the heart gets tired and the mind busies itself with random things in order to amuse itself, Satan may show some ugly memories.

4- These memories are not a disease of the heart. They come to the mind involuntarily.

5- A person is not held responsible due to these memories unless he does them deliberately.

6- Holy meanings and dirty things do not mess with each other; they neither touch each other nor spread to each other.

7- If a person thinks he is harmed by those dirty imaginations or tries to get rid of them, he is harmed by them. This is what Satan wants: To make a person fall into despair by making him think that he is harmed or to strengthen the weak memory by making him try to get rid of it.  

8- The cure for getting rid of this delusion is not to panic, not to search, "what mistakes I have made?", to resume meditation when we notice that imagination is busy with dirty things.

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