Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In it, by it, before it and after it


The created cosmos is all darkness.
It is illumined only by the manifestation of God in it.
He who sees the world and does not contemplate Him
in it
by it
before it
after it
is in need of illumination
and is veiled from the suns of gnosis
beneath the clouds of created things.
- Ibn Ata'illah in Kitab al-Hikam, 91 (25)

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