Part 23 - Showing how these differences lie in the form of the doctrine, not in the real nature of the Way

    500   He had no scent (perception) of the unicolority of Jesus, nor had he a disposition from (imbued with) the tincture of the dyeing-vat of Jesus. 501   From that pure vat a garment of...


Part 23 - Showing how these differences lie in the form of the doctrine, not in the real nature of the Way

 

 

500

 

He had no scent (perception) of the unicolority of Jesus, nor had he a disposition from (imbued with) the tincture of the dyeing-vat of Jesus.

501

 

From that pure vat a garment of a hundred colours would become as simple and one-coloured as the zephyr.

502

 

(This) is not the unicolority from which weariness ensues; nay, it is (a case) like (that of) fishes and clear water:

503

 

Although there are thousands of colours on dry land, (yet) fishes are at war with dryness.

504

 

Who is the fish and what is the sea in (my) simile, that the King Almighty and Glorious should resemble them?

505

 

In (the world of) existence myriads of seas and fishes prostrate themselves in adoration before that Munificence and Bounty.

506

 

How many a rain of largesse hath rained, so that the sea was made thereby to scatter pearls!

507

 

How many a sun of generosity hath shone, so that cloud and sea learned to be bountiful!

508

 

The sunbeams of Wisdom struck on soil and clay, so that the earth became receptive of the seed.

509

 

The soil is faithful to its trust, and whatever you have sown in it, you carry away the (equivalent in) kind thereof without fraud (on the part of the soil).

510

 

It has derived this faithfulness from that (Divine) faithfulness, inasmuch as the sun of Justice has shone upon it.

511

 

Until springtide brings the token of God, the soil does not reveal its secrets.

512

 

The Bounteous One who gave to an inanimate thing these informations and this faithfulness and this righteousness,

513

 

His grace makes an inanimate thing informed, (while) His wrath makes blind the men of understanding.

514

 

Soul and heart cannot endure that ferment: to whom shall I speak? There is not in the world a single ear (capable of apprehension).

515

 

Wherever there was an ear, through Him it became an eye; wherever there was a stone, through Him it became a jasper.

516

 

He is the Maker of the elixir—what is alchemy (compared with His action)? He is a giver of miracles (to prophets)—what is magic (compared with these miracles)?

517

 

This uttering of praise (to Him) is (really) the omission of praise on my part, for this (praise) is a proof of (my) being, and being is a sin.

518

 

It behoves (us) to be not-being in the presence of His Being: in His presence what is (our) being? Blind and blue.

519

 

Were it not blind it would have been melted (consumed) by Him: it would have known the heat of (the Divine) sun;

520

 

And were it not blue from mourning, how would this region (of phenomenal existence) have (remained) frozen like ice?

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