Ruzbihan Baqli – The Unveiling of Secrets – A Vision of Mecca in the Bath
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Ruzbihan Baqli – The Unveiling of Secrets – The Diary of a Sufi Master [translated by Carl Ernst]
51. A Vision of Mecca in the Bath
I recalled what I saw in the dream, and I rejoiced in it intensely. I was thinking about the degree of the dream, and what things it could bring forth. It was as though I saw while awake many of the Prophet’s companions in the sacred mosque, as though they were separating and joining together.
I saw among them the Messenger of God (peace be upon him), as though he were a perfumed sphere of white light.
He was taller than his companions, and he wore a garment of wool, with a hat on his head. He had the most beautiful kind of tresses, and his face was like the laughing sun. His aspects were more beautiful than crimson light.
He summoned me as he stood behind the [well of] Zamzam, as though he were calling me from far away. He said, "You are the best of my people."
I became proud because of what he said, and I wept intensely. After that my state quietened. My carnal self refused to believe me in these unveilings, because I saw them while I was still in the bath.
Then I sought forgiveness in my conscience from God from the speech of my carnal self. God most high increased me in certainty, until my heart became strengthened in that which was revealed to me.
So my carnal soul fled, as this is customary with this sign.