Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - Earth and Underworld
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani – Irshad al-‘awamm [translated by Henry Corbin and Nancy Pearson]
In the same way, the body of the impious man comprises seven ‘handfuls of earth’, seven handfuls of the matter of the circles of Sijjin. The first belongs to the Earth of death, the second to the Earth of innate tendencies, the third to the earth of nature, the fourth to the Earth of lust, the fifth to the Earth of fury, the sixth to the Earth of aberration, the seventh to the Earth of abomination.............
The seven ‘handfuls or earth’ in man originate respectively in one of the seven Earths.
One handful originates in the first Earth; from it the outer appearance of the physical body of the human being was constituted.
Another one originates in the second Earth, and out of it were created man’s innate dispositions.
The third earth from which the physical temperament of man was made;
The fourth earth, from which a handful of lust was made;
the fifth Earth, from which a handful of frenzy was made
The sixth Earth from a handful of which going astray was created….
The seventh Earth from a handful of which evil in man was created