Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ibn Arabi - The world is illusory

The world is illusory: it has no real existence.
This is what is meant by "imagination"
(Idiayaly). You have been made to
imagine that the world is something separate
and independently real, outside of the
Absolute. But in reality it is not so. Do you
not see that in the world of sensory things
a shadow is attached to the person from
whom it originates and that it is impossible
to separate a thing from its essence'?
Therefore know thy own essence and who
thou art, what thy inmost nature is and
what thy relation is to the Absolute. Know
in what respect thou art the Absolute, in
what respect the world, and in what respect
"other" (than God), "different," etc. And
here it is that "knowers" become ranked according
to degrees.

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