Ruzbihan Baqli – The Unveiling of Secrets – The Lion of Oneness
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]
57. The Lion of Oneness
In one particular revelation I saw a tawny lion of mighty form, clothed with mighty power, walking on top of Mount Qaf. He ate up all the prophets, the messengers, and the saints, and their flesh remained in his mouth, and the blood dripped from it.
I thought, "If I were there, would he eat me as he ate them?"
And I found myself in his mouth, and he ate me.
This is an allusion to the jealous wrath of the divine unity and its sovereignty even over those who proclaim its unity. The Truth manifests the attributes of eternal greatness in the form of the lion.
Its real significance is that the knower of God is a morsel for the wrath of unknowing in the station of annihilation.