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God and His Creation

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Greek Theos God

God is called as Theos in Greek language.


It had never happened to the qawwal before. He was singing devotional qawwalis with his group, like in any of the three thousand performances he had given till now. The last hour of the programme was about to begin. A qawwali was ending. The beats of the tabla and the claps of the junior qawwals were getting faster and louder. Something came over him. He got up and started dancing on stage. His eyes were closed, his face towards the sky and he kept chanting “Allah hoo!” He danced with a wild joy. Every member of the audience felt a divine energy coming out of him. They watched his corybantic dance with a reverent silence. They felt in the presence of God!


After a few minutes, he slowed down. The music ebbed correspondingly. Then, he flopped down on the stage. There was pin drop silence. After he had regained his breath, he took the mike, and tried to say something about his dance in trance. He could not find words. With tears in his eyes, he bent down and kissed the ground again and again, then looked at the audience and tried to speak. Broken sentences were all his emotion could manage. “This….this was the day for which….Allah blessed my art today….Allah entered me….Allah entered me! My art…all those years…that hard work….was blessed…the pinnacle of my art!”

What would be the word for the qawwal’s state when he felt that Allah was in him? Enthusiasm. Surprised? Enthusiasm comes from the Greek entheos, meaning ‘with a god inside’ (Greek en-, in). Later on, the word started being used whenever someone was as wildly excited as that qawwal, whatever the cause of his excitement may be.


Corybantic: (adj) wild, uncontrolled.

Phrygia was a kingdom that arose in the 8th century bc It was located in what is now Turkey. The main goddess whom the Phrygians revered was Cybele. The priests of Cybele were called Corybants. They worshipped her through wild, ecstatic dances done to the fast beats of drums.

Therefore, a performance which is as unrestrained as that of the Corybants is called corybantic.


Reverent: (adj) deeply respectful. Noun form: reverence. Verb form: revere

  • The people of every religion are reverent towards their holy books.

This sentence could also be written as:

  • The people of every religion treat their holy books with reverence.
  • The people of every religion revere their books.


Ebb: (v) to decline, fade away or fall back; (n) a decline, fading away or falling back.

  • When somebody’s business is at a low ebb, it is in a state of decline.

Flop: (v) to fall down suddenly or to drop suddenly with a thud.

  • The boy flopped his bag on the bed and flopped down on the sofa.
  • What do you call a movie that falls down at the box office? A flop! 

Trance: (n) a semi-conscious state, like between sleeping and waking.


Origin: Latin prefix trans-, across + ire, ‘to go’ => transire, ‘to go across’. Transire became trance in English. So, trance is that state when you ‘go across’ from consciousness towards unconsciousness.

  • Drugs can put you in a trance.

Pinnacle: (n) peak, the highest point.

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