By Selçuk Altun
"Altun's prose has a dreamlike urgency"—John Ashbery
Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople, Emperor Constantine XI was once killed—his physique by no means found.
Legend has it that he escaped in a Genoese send, dishonest convinced loss of life by the hands of the Turks and incomes himself the name of Immortal Emperor.
Five centuries after his disappearance, 3 mysterious males touch a tender professor residing in Istanbul. contributors of a mystery sect, they've got guarded the Immortal Emperor's will for generations. They inform him that he's the following emperor in line and that during order to take ownership of his fortune he needs to perform his ancestor's final wishes.
What follows is his trip to the center of a secret of epic ancient significance.
Selçuk Altun used to be born in Artvin, Turkey in 1950. he's a retired banking government, a bibliophile and philanthropist. His novels, Songs My mom by no means Taught Me and Many and plenty of a 12 months Ago, have been indexed among the pinnacle 100 translated crime fiction through the overseas organization of Crime Writers. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
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The heart has a key role to play in making the believer conscious of evil acts. It is then necessary to dissociate oneself from bad company and to persevere until correct conduct is maintained and the sin is no longer committed. There is an acknowledgement that would be readily admitted in Sufi circles that it is hard never to re-offend and natural if lapses do occur. However, one must persist, until the sin is rejected completely. QushayrÎ stresses the need for a combination of deep feeling and determined action: When a man abandons major sin, loosens from his heart the bond of persistence and firmly intends not to return to sin, at that moment true remorse comes to his heart.
YÁd dÁsht (recollection), concentration upon the divine presence in a condition of dhawq, foretaste, intuitive anticipation or perceptiveness, not using external aids. 5. HÏsh dar dam (awareness while breathing). The technique of breath control. ’ One must not exhale in forgetfulness or inhale in forgetfulness. 6. Safar dar waÕan (journeying in one’s homeland). This is an interior journey, the movement from blameworthy to praiseworthy qualities. Others refer to it as the vision or revelation of the hidden side of the shahÁda.
NÁbulusÎ attempts to clarify this by stating that any worshipper who repents has forgotten about God’s Being, that it is God who made him and made his repentance, and forgetfulness is a sin that requires repent-ance. 25 This rather tortuous argument presents the act of repentance itself as a moral problem because it implies that the repentant sinner is forgetful of God in His universally creative role and, consequently, it can be a sin even to repent of sins. A few years later NÁbulusÎ came to believe that he had himself joined the category of the elect who are conscious that it is God who creates their repentance.