Hast o Neest Philosophy & Tradition is the philosophical framework platform for Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts. Contributions and selected excerpts are made by the trustees, advisors and teachers at Hast o Neest, and reflect the main objective of world traditions with specific focus on the Islamic tradition.
The name ‘Hast-o-Neest’ is inspired by a couplet of Jalauddin Rumi illustrating a principle seen in the traditional world-view as underlying all creation – including art – where a gross and ephemeral medium – ‘non-being’ – becomes the locus reflecting or manifesting true ‘Being’.
At Hast-o-Neest the focus is on the Islamic concept of ‘ihsan‘ i.e. doing things beautifully. In the traditional Islamic world-view ‘beauty-jamal’ is an aspect of the Creator and is seen as an essential aspect of His creation, by extension it becomes an important aspect of everything one does or creates, including art.