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february 23, 2009    (0093US) 

I am, I have

Lately, while channel-flicking I came across a channel, the name of which I've forgotten — Morocco something? — I saw a likeable young man being interviewed who, just when I was about to click and go through to the next channel, said, "...spiritual, an Islam that shows real respect for others." I strained my ears. The young man was describing his faith in very beautiful noble words.
Suddenly, his name shone on screenSoudain, Abd Al Malik. I didn't have the slightest idea who he was.
At one point, the intervewer told him in substance : "But don't you earn a comfortable living? You do."
Abd Al Malik answers (I render his thought from memory) :
"To me earning money is no end in itself. That's just a means of existing,
because, if you don't exist, you don't have the slightest capability of  issuing a message to mankind.
In the world you are what you have. If you have nothing, you are nothing, you are unseen."
I don't know whether Abd Al Malik has read The Revelation of Arès, ever, but he's got his way of stating a global fundamental truth, that the Creator mentions about himself in that Revelation:

flowersI have, I am, says the Creator (Revelation of Arès ii/1).
It is because he resembles his Creator (Genesis 1/27) that man has physical possessions besides his mere life, because the Creator himself, if he had no more than his Life, would not exist, he could not be heard by man, who cannot consider anything as existent but perceived, felt, valued, shared.
To have materially speaking is to lay yourself open to the other one's senses and consciousness and the other one can perceive you and so makes you exist.
One is, because one has, therefore,
but the Creator says even more, One has what one is, too.
This is why leaving men in destitution is tantamount to keeping them from existing. This is more than a sin against the neighbor, this is a sin against the Creator and his Creation
Consequently, every asset that a living one has is destined to be traded — it doesn't matter if it is traded for gratitude, for objects, for help, for wages — and anyone's due honestly paid even allows you to value a spiritual situation (Matthew 25/14-30, Luke 19/11-27, etc.)

Even though the Creator is not intrinsically molded to exist materialistically just as man exists by coping with his body, putting on clothes, eating, etc., the Creator himself needs to possess something to exist. In saying, I have, I am (Rév of Arès ii/1) the Creator lays stress on the fact that he exists only because he is perceived by his Creation and, notably, heard by the human creature and that this could not be possible without links of possession. And even he possesses—he has—much. He possesses the most, his sumptuous immense Universe (Rév of Arès 12/4) and the least, his Voice (4/8-10, vii/4-5, xxxiii/5)by which he called Noah, Abraham, Sarsushtratam (Zoroaster), Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Muhammad and Mikal and the world beyond the prophets.

Twice or thrice a month, a reprimanding moralist turns up and admonishes me, "You have been given The Revelation of Arès for free, you shall give it to the world for free. It's shameful of you to sell this book. It proves that you are a crook (or an impostor, or a smart aleck, etc.)." Ouch! I'm not particularly treated leniently.
I reply, "Every thing has a price in the universe. Passing The Revelation of Arès on to mankind costed the Creator a lot more than some money, the pain to love from unrequited love: I'm squeezed, I'm squeezed like the nail (hammered in) (ii/21). An exorbitant cost which it will take time for us sinners to meet by being penitent, acquiring Good, a currency we can't afford yet. So, until that Day rises, divine Wisdom sets us a special price, next to nothing for his Word on earth, but a price that we have to meet nevertheless, that is, the money to edit, print, distribute The Revelation of Arès and the necessity of selffinancing by selling it, in order to keep on circulating it and forever widening the field of its distribution."
I add, "Judging by what you just said, you'd be converted by this book, if it was given for free?"
The reply to my question varies depending on the moralist, but it always amounts to this, "This is not what I meant."
I retort then, "You have tacitly owned that there's a moral in the fact of selling The Revelation of Arès. Events prove it. About the year 1980, for a few months we handed out 20,000 copies of The Gospel Delivered in Arès for free. How many spiritual vocations do you think were awakened by that free distribution? None at all! On the other hand, the books paid cash in bookstores have allowed a lot to enter into penitence and create their souls (Rev of Arès Vigil 17). Which just shows that even a soul is worth a little money for a start."
The reprimanding moralist disappears then. He is convinced that I told him lies. Another is to turn up within a week or two weeks.
As to me, I do nothing but proceed with the logic of the Creation, that is, both to have and to be inseparably:
I have, I am (ii/1),
given that one cannot have and not be, but one cannot be and not have, either.
To pay the printer's bill, and then to have the book paid by the reader and let the bookseller make a profit, these actions are normal—for the laborer (even the apostolate laborer) deserves his wages (Luke 10/7)—and do not despiritualize the Word. Only damned hypocrites try to make people believe that a Word is genuine but only if its witness lives on nothing and communicates with the world by sheer transparency like angels (if that, for who knows what angels live on?)
A new publication of The Revelation of Arès is going to come out. It will be sold, just as the previous publications were. Nothing dishonest in that. In advance I thank all those who will buy it, whose spiritual Awakening (Rev of Arès 36/4) it will help towards, and who at the same time will help us carry out a very hard mission.

By the way, I asked my daughter Nina if she had heard of Abd Al Malik. She replied, "I've listened to him, indeed. He's a terrific rapper."
A rapper? A sufi, philosophic performer of rap music?
Grieving deeply over my ignorance of things of rap I told myself, "I gotta put on a cap screwed on my head with its peak to the side and pouch-style pants with their seat down to the knees and undone sneakers... I gotta lose weight until I get a bicycle chest and can drag myself along with a joint stuck in my lips (I gotta learn to roll joints too) up to some rap dive... and even I gotta wear a false chin in cardboard so as to hide my beard, for I've caught sight of a few rappers on TV screen and not seen a bearded one..." I was soliloquizing like that, because I had only seen Abd Al Malik's face.
Yesterday, Christiane, my wife, bought a CD by Abd Al Malik, "Abd Al Malik, Dante". I found out that he was dressed like everybody, like me, like you, and that the poetic quality of his songs was great, beautiful, rich in meaning and by no means forgetful of God and the values of love, forgiveness, peace, spiritual freedom and intelligence.
Ouch! He probably incurs the reprimanding moralists' reproaches.


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