Ahmad Ahsai, Shaykh - Kitab Sharh al-Ziyara - On alchemical metals
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Shaikh Ahmad Ahsa’i – Kitab Sharh al-Ziyara [translated by Henry Corbin and Nancy Pearson]
Another symbol: tin. At first it is homologous to the elemental body of the flesh which we know in our terrestrial world. When the white elixir is projected on it, it becomes pure silver; it is then homologous to the subtle spiritual body….
But when the red elixir is projected on it, it becomes pure gold and it is then homologous to the astral body originating in the heavens of Hurqalya, which leaves the elemental body of flesh and accompanies the spirit in its exitus, that is to say, the subtle body which returns to Adam’s paradise post mortem and tastes the delight thereof.
If the Red Elixir is projected a second time, the gold itself then becomes an Elixir; it is homologous to the original essential body …….
The fact that this gold has become Elixir is the sign and the proof that it was hidden in the essential depths of tin, because in fact its composition is the result of the two well known principles. Then this Elixir, freed from the gold, the gold freed from silver, the silver freed from tin, is homologous to the future Aeon. Many symbols of this still exist, which are well known to those who possess inner sight….