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Generosity, beauty and excellence. In order these three truths, which show themselves all over the cosmos and make, in every occasion, apparent that they are not limited by any factor, to be able to manifest themselves in a way worthy of their infiniteness, generosity should be able to bestow infinite bounty and infinite kindness and to make His infinite beauty seen in numerous ways and in an eternal manner. And His flawless perfection, which manifests itself with His works, should be displayed to those who will appreciate, admire and wonderingly gaze at it. So to speak, it would be necessary that they should express themselves in these ways and they should not consent that these spiritual and secret treasures remain hidden. If you ask: How do you reach this conclusion in essence? Then, we will have an answer with two options.
Before we start our detailed examinations, imaginary and mental journey and this semi-documentary article, we have a short vide to watch:
First one: The existence of a tendency and even a keen desire – if you don’t mind the expression – in this direction over the activities and works that appear throughout the cosmos displays itself to careful eyes. Secondly, these three truths have a tendency to express themselves on each human being in a way that we have explained above. In other words, every generous man would like to treat others generously and would be pleased as a result, feel a moral/spiritual gratification. This can’t be explained as a situation stemming from necessity; maybe it could be possible to mention a moral satisfaction and spiritual gratification achieved as a result of doing a nice and good thing. On the other hand, every beauty would like to see itself with its own eyes and to be seen by others, to be admired, liked and appreciated. A man who has improved and developed his capabilities in various fields certainly would like to use these capabilities. Otherwise, there would be no meaning in having such capabilities.
As you would appreciate, these are such feelings that we can find the equivalence in our emotions. These are points of references with which we can make comparisons and understand divine attributes to a certain extent.
Otherwise, they can’t be a measure on a one-to-one basis. As we have explained in the explanatory text of 11th Word in our reference book (A Journey of Discovery for an Extraordinary Treasure: Risale-i Nur Training Program) the desire to make one’s beauty admired and to show one’s capabilities to others could stem from a low state of feelings, from necessity and our complexes. However, if we are talking about Someone for whom the existence of needs and defects can’t be claimed, then it would not be possible to explain this tendency and desire with necessity and defects. Maybe it can be said that “This Beautiful and Excellent Person may have wanted to present Himself because the attributes that he holds necessitates this.”
Now, if we look at the world, we bear witness that a large-scale generosity makes almost everything a banquet of bounty and lays it before us.
This world does not appear ordinary and provisory. No, it is never like that. Ours is a very much favored and privileged planet.
In fact, with our spoiled and capricious attitudes, we want everything to present their best at all times – as if cosmos and the unconscious created beings are under an obligation to do so.
We are used to be fed like babies, to be held on the velvet, to all sorts of flowers,
To foods, to the flavors, pleasures, to the delicate distinction between hundreds of thousands of different smells and tastes,
And to the visual beauty,
To the working of everything like a clock, to the standing of the sun and the moon at the places appropriate to our needs and to the maintenance of fine-tuning that is necessary for the continuation of our life.
If, as some people claim, we are not sitting on a table of bounties, and everything is part of a struggle to survive and a cosmic coincidence, then why and how could we sense so many different tastes of different dimensions?
What does this mean? If the purpose is to survive, then three or four different types of food would be sufficient for us, just like animals. But this is not the case. If we did not have earthquakes, accidents, calamities and illnesses once in a while, and these would not open our eyes, we are well-off as if we would live forever! Who has arranged this joyous and comfortable environment for us? This world is like a storehouse full of delicious foods and beverages that would be exceedingly sufficient for everybody on this earth; were it not for the unrighteous abuse of his willpower by man.
But we are used to it too much… Aren’t we? Everything appears to be ordinary and very normal. We are not surprised by getting so many different crops just by sowing simple seeds which do not seem to be different at all. As if the soil is obliged to give them to us just like this. Flowers, animals, clouds, the moon and the sun, everything is only too glad to run to our service without any objection!
Whereas, if we had traveled to the nearest planet and tried to live there, let’s imagine, we would have understood better that we are hosted in this place as a very special guest.
Think of this, you can’t either sow or plant something; you can’t breathe the air. You can’t be protected from meteors or from fatal beams coming from the space. Neither could you have mountains and underground treasures that are hidden for your use when the time is right. Somehow, we never think how sensitive the adjustment of temperature is while we always complain about either hot or cold weather. We are such fragile living beings which sweat above 30 °C and feel cold below 25 °C. How did we prevail over nature with this weakness? To be honest, it is hardly believable. There must be another explanation for that situation.
If we went to Mercury, the nearest planet and witness the temperature reaching up to 450 °C during the day, then would we ever complain about hot weather?
Then, let us go to Pluto, to the most distant planet to the sun. We would understand what the cold really is if we feel minus 200 °C during the day.
Even in the moon, which is closest to us, and functions as a night lamp for us, the temperature is 107 C during the day and -153 C in the night.
If we go to the largest planet, Jupiter, with our spaceship, we would realize that there we could not even have the possibility to build a building where we could live in. This is the case, because, this planet does not have a solid structure. It is made of clouds of gas and ice.
We have taken you to the nearest planets so that you could realize despite their proximity to the earth, how contrasting the conditions in these planets are.
Otherwise, we could even go imaginatively to the planets very far from us. Now we would like to ask the following to those who do not want to accept that we are specially hosted in this planet:
Aren’t the ones we have just mentioned also planets? Have not they come into existence coincidentally? If our planet has also come into existence coincidentally, why is it so specialized? Soon you will understand how special it is and why we call it “Privileged Planet”.
As you know, for a special mouth-pleasing dish, it is necessary to put the ingredients in certain proportions; it should be cooked for a certain time and in an appropriate way and it should be served on time. In a similar way, so many different variables , from the big bang to the location of our solar system within the milky way galaxy, from the distance of sun from us to the size of the moon and to the thickness of earth’s crust, are deliberately planned with precise arrangements in order to create the special living environment where we, human beings live, prepared under suitable conditions and, after the necessary cooking time!, served on time in a perfect manner.
We wonder if it is possible to imagine any example of generosity, which is bigger, better and limitless?
Now we will provide you with very impressive information showing how special and privileged our planet is. But, before that, we will watch a short video in order to see with our own eyes that we are living in such a world full of miracles.
In Privileged Planet, a documentary showing that our planet is located in such a convenient and special place and that it is in such an outstanding location for us to discover the cosmos, Astrophysicist Guillermo Gonzales, who is a proponent of Intelligent Design, says the following: (The expressions within the parenthesis are added by us.)
Those who are interested in this subject, could easily find Turkish-subtitled version of this documentary by writing “Privileged Planet-İmtiyazlı Gezegen” in an internet search engine.
“What we have found out is this: we must be at the right place in our galaxy.We are within the Habitable Zone that a star could have”
“We are in the orbit of a right type of star and our place is neither too hot nor too cold…”
“We are living in on such a planet that, the moon, which is its satellite, fixes its orbit of rotation…” (In this way, it makes the life and climate diversity possible, so that creatures like us, could live on the surface of the earth. What else could amaze a man who is not amazed by this fact?)
“We exist on a planet which has a terrestrial surface. The crust of that planet so thick as to allow enable tectonic movements; and its internal temperature, by keeping the iron liquid, creates a magnetic zone together with these tectonic movements.” (This dynamic geology regulates the internal temperature of the planet, re-processes the carbon and by blending chemical elements, prepares the substances necessary for all living organisms and finally it shapes continents. Does this astonishing situation appear to be happening by itself?)
“We are living in such a planet that, its atmosphere enables the self-sustenance of complex living forms.”
We are living in a planet which have enough water and continents. (Please remember that it makes the headlines in world press whenever an indication of the existence of water is found in any planet.)
“These facts, by supporting the diversity of life, leads to biological diversity that enables the existence of living beings like us.” (In other words, it is like a chain reaction. However, none of the variables that we have just mentioned are dependent on another.)
“If we are to have a habitable planet like earth, and if this planet is to host complex life and intelligent living beings like us, it should be within such a galaxy, at this very location and at this very time.”
Since we have looked at how the world, our hospice and the palace of cosmos look like from a wider perspective, now we can say this: As a result of all those we have seen and information that we have obtained, it appears and becomes obvious like the sun that for a guest who will sit on the table, which is called life, for a really short period of time, an unparallel “cosmic dish” is cooked, which is blended with really special ingredients (with conditions of formation composed of innumerable variables) and it is serviced to us in its most perfect way, just on time.
But then what happens? This table of life, which is prepared in such a long time and with such a high cost, was tasted by man, its guest , for a short time ( even we can say it is shown for a moment) and then taken away before him.
If we ask: What kind of work is this? What is its meaning? Then, do you have any answer coming to your mind which is more logical than that it is a sample and it is nothing more than an invitation and a preparation for the real table/banquet?
This is because, if this is not so, then with the cessation of the blessings, gratitude turns into complaint, and satisfaction into hatred and anger, so it is not possible at all that Unlimited Generosity would allow such a thing to happen. Besides, maybe, if there is no continuity in the visualization of the perfections appearing all over the cosmos, with the removal of the amazed beholders from the scenery of visualization, and the breakdown and fragmentation of the scenery on which these excellent works are displayed, the value of the perfection which is admired, is depreciated so much that it may even become meaningless, it may fall into nothingness.
In order show this meaning in a much clearer way, let us also say this: Let us assume that you are watching a theatre play. Would you ever go to a play where, after the curtains are closed, all players are killed by a firing squad? And the stage is taken to its pieces? Would you be pleased if you ever go to such a play? Think of this. If there is no hereafter, then the situation of this world will be almost like that.
Moreover, in the eyes of the human being, who sees that the beautiful face of this world turns sour and vanishes very quickly and who knows that he also will be left to decay, the love for this endless beauty becomes meaningless and begin declining. And as this beauty represents a very deceptive and ironic ugliness, the feelings of love and admiration give way to hatred and aversion. Neither does this Endless Excellency consent to such devaluation nor does this Unlimited Beauty accept the hatred against Himself.
He would like to see next to Him His destitute beholders, who will travel to Eternity together with Him and who will be blessed eternally. It is not at all possible that He would accept anything different than that. Therefore, we say, just as it is mentioned in the text:
“We see in this hospice of the world that everyone quickly leaves and vanishes. He should go towards an eternal realm of joy.”
We have brought to you thus far, in order to open a door in your mind. We will stop here.
The text of the Treatise and our explanations made before will be enough. Since we have already seen that the explanations made in the text of Treatise are in the most beautiful style in explaining the fact that truths of beauty and excellence, can show display themselves and be behold by others in a way worthy of their being only in an eternal realm¸ just like truth of generosity; we do not go further and suggest that you read once again, through the window space we have just opened for you, the Fourth Truth, with its wonderful style, resembling a poem.