Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - Star of David
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani – Irshad al-‘awamm [translated by Henry Corbin and Nancy Pearson]
The upper triangle is the triangle of Light; the base of this triangle is the light which is very close to the primordial Will; at one point it is touched by one of the apexes of the triangle of darkness.
The base of the lower triangle – which is the triangle of darkness – is at the maximum distance from the primordial Will; it is touched at one point by the apex of the triangle of Light. Therefore, everything is light very close to the primordial Will; there is just a trace of an atom of darkness. But with the downward movement, the light gradually diminishes while the darkness prevails; there remains only a trace of an atom of light.
On the other hand, with the upward movement the darkness wanes, while the light waxes, until it reaches the point nearest to the primordial will…. Halfway between the two limits, light and darkness are equal. From this it can be understood that in case a ‘handful of matter’ is take upwards from the centre, and if a creature is formed out of this matter, light will prevail in this creature over darkness. But if the handful of matter is taken downwards from the centre, and a creature is moulded out of it then, on the contrary, darkness will prevail in this creature and light will be overcome