The soul or spirit (“ra waw hha”) is an independent spiritual decision maker who is associated with a living thing. When the spirit is referred to as the self (“noon fa seen”), it is defined as a spiritual supervisor who exercises discretionary control over one's free activity (free will).
Every time we use the term “self” (such as “oneself” or “self-determination”), we actually refer to “the self,” i.e., one's soul or spirit.
A god (“hamza lam ha”) is someone to turn to exclusively for spiritual decision making. In other words, an absolute spiritual authority. To have more than one god would contradict the very concept of a god. God, the Almighty, thus is the only absolute spiritual authority in the universe. Anyone or anything that is claimed to have absolute authority does not really have absolute authority, i.e., is a false god.
A lord (“ra ba ba”) is an independent spiritual decision maker who is continuously in charge of all constructive, reparative, and preservative decisions regarding something or someone. In other words, a lord is an absolute administrator. As Creator and manager of the universe, God is the absolute administrator of the universe.
To have faith (“hamza meem noon”) is to project a positive spiritual attitude in the face of uncertain spiritual information.
Denial or disbelief (“kaf fa ra”) is not a theological function but a memory function of Holistic Mental Science. To deny is to suppress the reporting of a fact that was found during a regular memory search.
Freedom or liberty (“hha ra ra”) is the continued control by one's own self (soul) of one's own life, or continued self-determination. If there are interruptions or exceptions to self-determination, one cannot truly speak of liberty.
To worship (“'ain ba dal”) someone or something is to commit oneself (one's self, one's spirit) to do everything under his/her/its control. The person or thing that is worshiped is called a god or a lord (both concepts were defined above).
Slavery (“'ain ba dal”, same stem as worship) is to worship someone or something other than God. Slavery is thus a spiritual state. Addiction is a form of slavery. Slavery is not just a social violation, but a spiritual one. Any form of slavery is spiritual serfdom.
When we worship God alone, the Lord who actually controls everything anyway, then we suffer no slavery at all. As a consequence, we have maximum spiritual freedom, maximum liberty. Only a true “slave of God” is a free person.
If someone is not worshiping God by his/her own decision, by full self-determination, then this person is not free. In fact this person is actually worshiping the persons or circumstances that are coercing him/her to worship God against his/her will, regardless of the religion involved. Coercion and pressure in religion constitute de facto slavery.
To pray ("ssad lam waw") is to direct a statement or a posture to another person, usually God. The statement can be of different kinds, including a request or words of praise.
Technically, there is no difference between prayer and addressing someone with words or postures. The scarcity of prayer as compared to how often one talks to others may simply indicate how little someone cares about God.
Goodness (“tta ya ba”) is a commitment to constructive effort.
Evil (“kha ba tha”) is a commitment to deliberate destructive effort.
A mistake (“kha tta hamza”) is a destructive consequence of a constructive effort.
To do good deeds (“ssad lam hha”) is to build, repair, maintain or increase the connective structure, the wholeness, or the health of a living thing or a group of living things.
To do bad deeds (“fa seen dal”) is to damage, undermine or decrease the connective structure, the wholeness, or the health of a living thing or a group of living things.
A devil (“sheen tta noon”) is a director of activities that cause disorder.
Actions that cause disorder are either bad or appalling.
A bad action (“seen waw hamza”) is an action that causes the observer to feel a negative emotion.
An appalling action (“fa hha sheen”) is one that causes the observer to feel a shock.
Judgment (“dal ya noon”) is the fulfillment of the law in the form of reward and punishment.
To guide (“ha dal ya”) someone is to point him/her to a specific place or action.
To stray (“ddad lam lam”) is to persistently fail to decide (or to persistently make wrong decisions) in an open question of right or wrong.
What is commonly referred to as “God-fearing” (word form taqwa from stem “waw qaf ya”) is in fact a self-shielding (shielding one's soul) against the consequences of doing evil. One guards oneself against the consequences (what happens, i.e., what God would do) if one deliberately committed a destructive act. This is the same as being conscientious, self-monitoring and so on.
To be spiritually satisfied (“ra ddad ya”) is to look at one's state of affairs and acknowledge that spiritual order is completely manifested.
In contrast, to be socially satisfied (also “ra ddad ya”) is to accept the quantity of material or effort that is offered.
A self (soul) is dead (“mem waw ta”) when it is disconnected from the body and is also in the spiritual state of rest. The self of a person thus is also considered dead before the person is created.
An exception from this is a martyr's (“sheen ha dal”) self. A martyr is someone killed while not being an aggressor. A martyr's soul does not really die. Although disconnected from the body, it continues to live (“ha ya waw”), i.e., to be active as opposed to being at rest.
A self (soul) is considered retrieved (“waw fa ya”) when a person goes to sleep or dies. This means that God has taken back full control of this soul.
When a person wakes up, his self is partially released to his control after God has taken back full control when the person fell asleep.
During our waking life, the self is partially free only from our point of view. From the point of view of God, the Lord of the Universe always has full control of everything. Our free will (discretion) does not challenge God's will.
When a person dies, his self is fully taken back by the Angel of Death, and is then kept by the angel until the Day of Resurrection.
The soul of Jesus Christ is also an exception. It was retrieved and God raised him to Heaven, but he was neither killed nor crucified. He has not died yet. He will be brought back to earth to announce The Hour and finish his mission. Then, he will die a natural death.