The chapter Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) of the Qur’an refers to what is called zikr Allah in the Qur’an. The translation of the relevant verse of the said chapter is as under: Believers, remember God with much remembrance. (33:41)
God Almighty is the Creator of the Universe. God is the highest reality. God is beyond time and space. God is omnipresent. God is greater than all great things. God is supreme in every sense of the word. Remembering God, in other words, means remembering the Higher Reality. This kind of remembrance inculcates in one’s mind, high thinking and high thinking are the sources of all kinds of high ideals. It is high thinking that makes one’s personality a great personality. High thinking leads to spiritual uplift and intellectual development.
There are two worlds—the material world and the immaterial world. High thinking means thinking about the immaterial world. High thinking means living in the immaterial world. It is this immaterial world that is called the spiritual world, and it is spiritual thinking that leads to intellectual development. Living in the immaterial world does not mean abandoning the material world and taking refuge in jungles and mountains. No, immaterial living means to extract immaterial items from the material world. When you are able to extract spiritual lessons from the material world, you are a spiritual person, that is, you have discovered the inner meaning of the external world. The material world is full of immaterial lessons. In every material experience, there are some meaningful lessons. Find out these lessons and you are spiritually a developed person.
Materialism means living in material desires like money, fame, power, etc. Immaterialism means living in goals that are higher than material goods. This kind of living inculcates high thinking, and high thinking leads to spirituality. High thinking means living in high ideals. When you set a goal above the material goods, you are living in high thinking. High thinking is the greatest achievement in this world. High thinking is the only wealth that cannot be looted or destroyed. Materialism means living in material desires like money, fame, power, etc. Immaterialism means living in goals that are higher than material goods. This kind of living inculcates high thinking, and high thinking leads to spirituality. Air is a physical demonstration of high thinking. Air travels and moves around, but there is no clash or confrontation, so is the case of high thinking.
A person who is a high thinker cannot waste his time in clashes and confrontations, he will set his journey beyond all these things. Nothing can stop the speed of air. So is the case of a high thinker. Nothing has the power to stop the journey of a high thinker. A high thinker is free of all kinds of negative thoughts. He is free of anger and lust; he is free of intolerance and confrontation, he is free of hate, he is free of frustration and despair, he is free of tension and stress, he is free of complaint and protest. A high thinker is free of all kinds of negativity and he is full of all kinds of positive thoughts. High thinking makes a man superman. High thinking develops the very important ability to act and not to react. Such a person is able to ignore all the problems and avail of all the opportunities.