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Jili, Abd al-Karim - Al-Insan al-kamil - In parable, the creation is like ice

Identifier

013439

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Ice = Earth

A description of the experience

Burckhardt (1983 [1953]) offers a translation of the lines quoted by Al-Jili in his work, Al-Insan al-kamil:

In parable, the creation is like ice,
And it is Thou who art the gushing water.
The ice is not, if we realised it, other than its water,
And is not in this condition other than by the contingent laws.
But the ice will melt and its condition will dissolve,
The liquid condition will establish itself, certainly.
The contrasts are united in one single beauty.
It is in that that they are annihilated and it is from them that it radiates.

The source of the experience

Jili, Abd al-Karim

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Earth
Water

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

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