Part 24 - Setting forth how the vizier incurred perdition (by engaging) in this plot

    521   The vizier was ignorant and heedless, like the (Jewish) king: he was wrestling with the eternal and inevitable, 522   With a God so mighty that in a moment He causes a hundred...


Part 24 - Setting forth how the vizier incurred perdition (by engaging) in this plot

 

 

521

 

The vizier was ignorant and heedless, like the (Jewish) king: he was wrestling with the eternal and inevitable,

522

 

With a God so mighty that in a moment He causes a hundred worlds like ours to come into existence from non-existence:

523

 

A hundred worlds like ours He displays to the sight, when He makes your eye seeing by (the light of) Himself.

524

 

If the world appears to you vast and bottomless, know that to Omnipotence it is not (so much as) an atom.

525

 

This world, indeed, is the prison of your souls: oh, go in yonder direction, for there lies your open country.

526

 

This world is finite, and truly that (other) is infinite: image and form are a barrier to that Reality.

527

 

The myriads of Pharaoh's lances were shattered by (the hand of) Moses (armed) with a single staff.

528

 

Myriads were the therapeutic arts of Galen: before Jesus and his (life-giving) breath they were a laughing-stock.

529

 

Myriads were the books of (pre-Islamic) poems: at the word of an illiterate (prophet) they were (put to) shame.

530

 

(Confronted) with such an all-conquering Lord, how should any one not die (to self), unless he be a vile wretch?

531

 

Many a mind (strong and firm) as a mountain did He uproot; the cunning bird He hung up by its two feet.

532

 

To sharpen the intelligence and wits is not the (right) way: none but the broken (in spirit) wins the favour of the King.

533

 

Oh, many the amassers of treasure, digging holes (in search of treasure), who became an ox's beard (dupe) to that vain schemer (the vizier)!

534

 

Who is the ox that you should become his beard? What is earth that you should become its stubble?

535

 

When a woman became pale-faced (ashamed) of (her) wickedness, God metamorphosed her and made her Zuhra (the planet Venus).

536

 

To make a woman Zuhra was metamorphosis: is it not metamorphosis to become earth and clay, O contumacious one?

537

 

Your spirit was bearing you towards the highest sphere (of heaven): you went towards the water and the clay amongst the lowest (of the low).

538

 

By this fall you metamorphosed yourself from that (state of) existence which was the envy of the (spiritual) intelligences.

539

 

Consider, then, how is (what is the character of) this metamorphosis: compared with that metamorphosis (of the woman) this (which you have suffered) is exceedingly vile.

540

 

You urged the steed of ambition towards the stars: you did not acknowledge Adam who was worshipped (by the angels).

541

 

After all, you are a son of Adam. O degenerate! how long will you regard lowness as nobility?

542

 

How long will you say, “I will conquer a whole world, I will make this world full of myself”?

543

 

If the world should be filled with snow from end to end, the glow of the sun would melt it with a single look.

544

 

God by a single spark (of His mercy) maketh naught his (the vizier's) burden (of sin) and (the burden) of a hundred viziers and a hundred thousand.

545

 

He maketh the essence of that (false) imagination to be wisdom; He maketh the essence of that poisoned water to be a (wholesome) drink.

546

 

That which raises doubt He turneth into certainty; He maketh loving kindnesses grow from the causes of hatred.

547

 

He cherisheth Abraham in the fire; He turneth fear into security of spirit.

548

 

By His burning (destroying) of secondary causes I am distraught; in (my) fancies of Him I am like a sophist (sceptic or agnostic).

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