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The Collobarator of a Guru - 3
« on: April 15, 2009, 01:17:25 PM »
Coming next to Mohammed, his 'beloved disciple' was his nephew
Ali.  While still a boy, Ali was the first male accept Islam, being
preceded only by Mohammed's wife Khadija.  When Mohammed
had to flee from Mecca, it was the still youthful Ali, who took his
place in bed to delay discovery of his absence.  Coming to maturity,
Ali was given the prophet's marrage Fatima in marriage.  And all
''Syeds" or lineal descendent of Mohammed spring from this marriage.
He was one of the redoubtable champions of the early Muslims, in war and earned the name "Lion of Islam".  More importantly, he is
regarded as the repository of Islamic mysticism, and most of all the
Sufi initiatic orders trace their descent through him.  Indeed he has
been represented as the epitome of sainthood, as Mohammed is of

It is interesting to note that the chosen 'collborator' of the Master,
is not necessarily either his most advanced disciple or his successor.
In case of Buddha, the two most advanced disciples were held to
be Sariputra and Mogdylyna, both of whom predeceased him.  The
disciple who presided over the first Sangha after death of Buddha was not Ananda but Maha Kasypa. In the case of Christ, St. Peter is said
to have been architect of the Church and St. Paul was certainly
the architect of the doctrine.  In the casse of Mohammed, the immediate successor was Abu Bakr, the first caliph.  Umar the second
caliph was the founder of the Empire.  Uthman, the third caliph, drew
up the official, uniform text of the Koran.  Ali came only as fourth
caliph and was a very unsuccessful one at that.

(Source:  Be Still, It is the Wind that sings.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.