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Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - The Planets

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001754

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The description is taken from a more general description which describes what happens on birth.  Kirman explains that attributes and functions are taken from each of the ‘planets’ – the Intelligence packages and allocated to the person, thus this is using astrological concepts in its explanation of how personality is formed and how we get our character and functions

I think the text may have suffered a little in translation, as Corbin was French and although I am certain his translation may have been good, I’m not so sure about the translation of the translation.  It is nevertheless  very interesting

A description of the experience

Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani – Irshad al-‘awamm [translated by  Henry Corbin and Nancy Pearson]

His body contains one handful of the subtle matter of the first heaven (that is of the moon) and his spirit was made from this handful of Heaven;

one handful of the subtle matter of the second Heaven (that of Mercury) and his meditative power was made from this handful of Heaven;

his imaginative power was made from a handful of the third heaven (that of Venus);

one handful of the fourth heaven (that of the Sun) constituted his consubstantial matter;

one handful of the fifth Heaven (that of Mars) constituted his representative faculty;

a handful of the sixth Heaven (that of Jupiter) constituted his cognitive power;

 one handful of the seventh Heaven (that of Saturn) constituted his individual intellect;

one handful of the eighth heaven (the Heaven of the Fixed Stars, the Firmament) constituted his soul. 

And finally, his body contains a handful of the subtle matter of the Throne (the Empyrean); from this is formed his essential and fundamental reality

The source of the experience

Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani

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