---For those with an eye for the Mystic, you will right away read the exact parallel in this Sufi verse that you would read in any Hindu text. The
prime difference is that of the references to Abrahamic and Islamic wording. Same, Same, only Different.
That which was made last was first in thought. 1
The last that was made was the soul of Adam,
The two worlds were a means to his production.
There is no other final cause beyond man,
It is disclosed in man's own self. 2
The black hearted and the fool are the opposites of light
Yet are they the theatres of the true epiphany. 3
---Epiphany is a word meaning revelation of Christ to the Gentiles.
265 When the back of a mirror is blackened,
It will reflect a man's face from its face ; 4
And the rays of the sun in the fourth heaven
Are not reflected till they fall on the dust of earth.
You are the reflection of " The Adored of angels,"
For this cause are you worshipped of angels. 5
Each creature that goes before you has a soul,
And from that soul is bound a cord to you. 6
Therefore are they all subject to your dominion,
For that the soul of each one is hidden in you,
270 You are the kernel of the world in the midst thereof,
Know yourself that you are the world's soul.
1 Universal Reason is also the 'very essence of man,' so that what was first in
the Divine thought, was the last in fact. Man was thus the final cause of
2 All things were created as subsidiary to man, but man is an end in himself, and
not a means to any further end. L.
3 This refers to Koran, Sura XXXIII. 72 :
'Verily, we proposed a deposit to the heavens, and to the earth, and to the mountains between them, but they refused the burden, and we entrusted it
to man, who is unjust (or ' dark ') and foolish.' This deposit is the duty of displaying the Divine attributes, and man does this through the
universality of his nature, containing " the fullness of the Godhead." He is good on one side and evil on the other, " created half to rise and half
to fall." The good represents the beautiful attributes of God (jamal), and the evil the terrible attributes (jalal). L.
4 Man, the mirror of Divinity, is on one side blackened with the darkness of Not
Being, in order to reflect Very Being. L.
6 " And He said unto the angels,
' Worship Adam,' and they all worshipped him
except Iblis." Koran, Sura II. 32.
8 The ' essence of man,' or Universal Reason, is the soul which animates all things,
and forms the bond of mystical union between them and man.
---Between the Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Zen, there is one understanding of enlightenment. Beyond this, what is the the essence
of one over the other? A keen eye will catch it. Echad is the keen eye's light. In Greek, the word HEN (heis). What do I mean?
Throw some Zen in for good measure.
edit on 20-3-2017 by DayAfterTomorrow because: Teach to learn twice. Edit for Adaptation after seeking and finding.
---Between the Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Zen, there is one understanding of enlightenment. Beyond this, what
is the the essence of one over the other? A keen eye will catch it. Echad is the keen eye's light. In Greek, the word HEN (heis). What do I mean?
the one understanding is that the Masculine took over from the Feminine or Goddess cults that ruled the Earth for millions-of-years
the Desert Religions spearheaded the Patriarch line of authority
I have a feeling the Eastern ideology/sacred ways were left over from a long ago civilized and advanced world of the pre ice-age
Just what DO you mean? I ask the OP author of the thread
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