The Efficient System, the Most Outstanding Characteristic of Molla Sadra’s Bodily Resurrection

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.A. Graduate, University of Tehran

2 Associated Prof, University of Tehran


Based on some important factors such as abstraction of imagination and also the power of the soul in creating external imagery, Molla Sadra utters his claim about the bodily resurrection and the creation of this other-worldly body by soul. He also clarifies the process of such a creation and the qualities of this other-worldly body. Examining and understanding the system ruling over this world and the hereafter, leads us to the point that in this world causality needs both the efficient cause as well as the material cause in order to function, whereas in the hereafter the causality works just through the subjective cause. Based on this fact, the soul in the hereafter creates whatever it wants, including its own resurrected body. In this world, the soul is able to create imagery by modifying the external perceived data. If this soul manages to reach the complete refinement, it will be able to create these imageries in this world, exactly like what prophets did, including miracles. Also those who go to the Heaven have this ability to create whatever prophets made as miracles in this world – based on the efficient system in the hereafter – performing them there based on the divine allowance. Moreover, since the soul is nonmaterial and every nonmaterial thing is the cause to its own subsection, therefore the soul can have all the sections under its dominance, based on causality, and such create imagery. This kind of imagery creation in the hereafter is needless of material causes and is just dependent on the efficient cause. As a result, the dominant system in the hereafter is called the efficient system.


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