Part 36 - How the Jewish king made a fire and placed an idol beside it, saying, Whoever bows down to this idol shall escape the fire.

    769    Now see what a plan this currish Jew contrived! He set up an idol beside the fire 770   Saying, “He that bows down to this idol is saved, and if he bow not, he shall...


Part 36 - How the Jewish king made a fire and placed an idol beside it, saying, Whoever bows down to this idol shall escape the fire.

 

 

769

  

Now see what a plan this currish Jew contrived! He set up an idol beside the fire

770

 

Saying, “He that bows down to this idol is saved, and if he bow not, he shall sit in the heart of the fire.

771

 

Inasmuch as he did not give due punishment to this idol of self, from the idol of his self the other idol was born.

772

 

The idol of your self is the mother of (all) idols, because that (material) idol is (only) a snake, while this (spiritual) idol is a dragon.

773

 

The self is (as) iron and stone (whence fire is produced), while the (material) idol is (as) the sparks: those sparks are quieted (quenched) by water.

774

 

(But) how should the stone and iron be allayed by water? How should a man, having these twain, be secure?

775

 

The idol is the black water hidden in the jug; know that the self is the fountain.

776

 

That sculptured idol is like the black torrent; the idol-making self is a fountain (jetting muddy water) on the Water-way (the Way that leads to the Water of Life).

777

 

A single piece of stone will break a hundred pitchers, but the fountain-water is making jets incessantly.

778

 

’Tis easy to break an idol, very easy; to regard the self as easy (to subdue) is folly, folly.

779

 

O son, if you seek (to know) the form of the self, read the story of Hell with its seven gates.

780

 

Every moment (there proceeds from the self) an act of deceit, and in every one of those deceits a hundred Pharaohs are drowned together with their followers.

781

 

Flee to the God of Moses and to Moses, do not from Pharaoh's quality (rebellious insolence) spill the water of the Faith.

782

 

Lay your hand on (cleave to) the One (God) and Ahmad (Mohammed)! O brother, escape from the Bú Jahl of the body!

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