Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - Landscapes of the mind
Type of Spiritual Experience
BackgroundHell is within us, we are our own hell
A description of the experience
Shaikh Muhammead Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm [ translated by Henry Corbin and Nancy Pearson] 1977
In this world, works and actions are visible to the eyes of your body as outer appearances, whereas in the other world these same actions are seen in other forms.
Some are seen in the shape of castles, others in the shape of houris, of plants, trees, or streams of living water, others in the form of birds, camels or horses, in the manner and sense which we went into previously.
All of them, in fact, are attributes and qualities of the man himself; they are the outer manifestations of his inner being.
For all of them are there in the other world, where they surround him and become his reward….
Earlier we described the process by which works and actions are thus shaped, and take form, now of minerals, now of vegetables, now of animals, now of houris and attendants in Paradise, or, on the contrary, become his companions in Gehenna [Hell]