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Though all numbers have one for their starting point,
That you may see clearly this concealed mystery.
Is as the reflected eye of The unseen Person.
And, without eye or ear,' demonstrated it.
In every atom are a hundred blazing suns.
| Alluding to the tradition, · David inquired, saying, O Lord, why hast Thou created mankind ? God said, I was a hidden treasure, and I desired to become known, and I created the world in order to be known.'
. Compare a somewhat similar passage in the Khândogya Upanishad, VIII., 7-12, quoted in Max Müller's Hibbert Lectures, 318–321. Man,' says Lahiji,
is the eye of the world, whereby God sees his own works.' Compare Hegel. M. Müller, Hibbert Lectures, 20.
* Man, being the epitome of all the Divine names and qualities, is the microcosm, and the world is the great man,' because it bears to man, 'the eye of the world, the relation of a man to one of his members. L. Compare George Herbert :
“Man is one world, and hath another to attend him.' €“My servant draws nigh to me by pious works till I love him, and when I love him, I am his eye, his ear, his tongue, his foot, his hand, and by me he sees, hears, talks, walks, and tastes.” L.
* Through this process of reflection every atom is potentially a mirror of any and all the Divine names and qualities, and when any atom puts off its limitation and phenomenal character it becomes “the All.” L.
In its members a gnat is like an elephant,
? I.e., absolute Being. L.
· The heart's core,—the drop of black blood in the heart, supposed by Muhammadans to be the principle of life. L.
• Adam is a manifestation of the Divine beauty, jamal, and Iblis of Divine majesty and wrath, jalal. L. - Compare:
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,
Cowley, Davideis, I. 302. 6 The last event in Divine history coincides in point of time with the first. All things, whatever the times of their manifestations, are present together in God. There is no time in God. L.
There is one great circle of emanations down to man, and back to God, and smaller circles caused by each particular emanation having a course of its own, e.g., universal reason revolves in all particular reasons. Each link is potentially all, and hence destruction of one is destruction of all. L.
If you take one atom link from its place
· Ta'ayyun, phenomenalization or emanation, evidentiation. See note on couplet 273 and couplet 484.
* This is an allusion to Koran, Sura L. 14: “Yet are they in doubt (or being clothed with, labas), a new creation." Each atom non-existent in itself is being every moment clothed with a fresh phenomenal efflux from Absolute Being, and again stripped of it. When it strips off the phenomenal it is united with the Absolute, and when it again puts it on, it is held back from union and “travaileth in bondage.” L.
* These rules are an elaboration of the thesis that knowledge of the Truth is to be attained not by sense and reason but by illumination. L.
Simurg, a fabulous bird, said to dwell on Mount Kaf, or Caucasus,-the type of Supreme Being and plurality in Unity.
Al’araf or Barzakh, the partition, veil, or “ barrier" between death and the resurrection, or between this world and the next, a hades or purgatory, in which the dead are examined by Munkir and Nakir.-Sale, Koran, Prelim. Disc. 55, and Sura XXIII. 102.
What is that world which is not seen,
Koran, Sura LXIX. 38.
Sale, Prelim. Disc. 83, explains these as the celestial and terrestrial Jerusalem, Lahiji as the worlds of ideals, and of disembodied spirits. He says one of them lies in the east, the other in the west. See Gal. iv. 26, and Deutsch, Islam. p. 101.
3 Sense tells us nothing of the unseen worlds. L. * See Slane's Ibn Khallikan, i. 89, note. The saying referred to is, “If I explained to you the verse, ‘God created seven heavens and earths like unto them' ye would stone me, or call me unbeliever.” See Koran, Sura LXV. 12.
5 The Father of lights.-James i. 17.
8 « On that day the mountains shall become like carded wool of divers colours.'Koran, Sura CI. 4.
Man by reason of the universality of his nature, i.e. his comprehending in him self all the divers names and attributes of “ The Truth,” is capable of apprehending Divine Epiphanies, and attaining to knowledge of “The Truth," and should set himself to do this while his powers are in their prime. L.
How shall I tell the tale of states' of heart'
* I.e. ecstatic states in which Divine Epiphanies and visions are displayed to the heart. L.
? There is another tradition, “ an old woman's creed is yours.” Lahiji says it is mere bondage, taklid, mechanical religion, cant. Compare 1 Tim. iv. 7, old wives' fables.'
3 Compare Hafiz, Ode I.
* " And when the night overshadowed him, Abraham saw a star and he said, 'This is my Lord ;' but when it set, he said, “ I like not gods which set.' And when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my Lord ;' but when he saw it set, he said, • Verily, if my Lord direct me not, I shall become one of them that go astray.'”— Koran, Sura VI. 77.
* Relax not your efforts at any season. L.