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June 1st, 2009

Arabia Impression


In the Name of Great Life may hallowed Light be glorified.
A POOR MAN am I,1 who comes out of the [celestial] Fruits,
a Stranger to the world, who comes out of the Distance.
p. 94
A Poor man am I, to whom Great Life gave ear,
a Stranger to this world, whom the Light-treasures made world-strange.
They brought me out of the abode of the good ones;
ah me! in the wicked ones' dwelling they made me to dwell.
Ah me! they made me to dwell in the wicked ones' dwelling,
which is filled full of nothing but evil.
It is filled full of nothing but evil,
filled full of the fire which consumes.
I would not and will not
dwell in the dwelling of naughtness.
With my power and with my enlightening
I dwelt in the dwelling of naughtness.
With my enlightening and my praise-giving
I kept myself stranger to this world.
I stood among them
as a child who has not a father,
As a child who has not a father,
as a fruit who has not a tender.
I hear the voice of the Seven,
who whisper in secret and say:
"Whence is this Stranger man,
whose discourse is not like to our discourse?
I listened not to their discourse;
then were they full of wicked anger against me.
Life, who gave ear to my call,
a Messenger sent forth to meet me.
He sent me a gentle Treasure,
an armoured, well-armoured Man.
With his pure voice he makes proclamation,
as the Treasures make in the House of Perfection.
He speaks:
"Poor one, from anguish and fear be thou free!
Say not: I stand here alone.
For thy sake, O Poor,
this firmament was outspread,
Was this firmament spread out,
and stars were pictured upon it.
For thy sake, O Poor,
this firm land came into existence,
p. 95
Came into existence this firm land,
the condensing took form, fell into the water.
For thy sake came the sun,
for thy sake the moon was revealèd.
For thy sake, O Poor, came the Seven,
and the Twelve are hither discended.
Thou Poor one! On thy right rests glory,
on thy left rest [light-] lamps.
Hold steadfast in thy security,
until thy measure has been completed.
When thy measure has been completed,
I will myself come to thee.
I will bring thee vestures of glory,
so that the worlds will long for them, desireful.
I will bring the a pure, excellent head-dress,
abundant in infinite light.
I will set thee free from the wicked,
from the sinners will I deliver thee.
I will make thee dwell in thy shekinah
free thee into the region unsullied."
I hear the voice of the Seven,
who whisper in secret and speak:
"Blessed is he who is to the Poor one a father,
who is unto the Fruit a tender.
Hail to him whom Great Life knows,
woe to him whom Great Life knows not."
Hail to him whom Great Life knew,
who has kept himself stranger to this world,
The world of the defect,
in which the Planets are seated.
They sit on thrones of rebellion
and drill their works with the scourge.
For gold and for silver are they disquiet,
and strife they cast into the world.
Disquiet are they and therein cast strife;
therefore will they go hence and seethe in the fire.
The wicked shall seethe, and their pomp
shall vanish and come to an end.
But I with my offspring and kindred
shall ascend and see the Light's region,
p. 96
The region whose sun never sets,
and whose light-lamps never darken—
That region, the state [of the Blessed],
whereto your souls are called and invited.

And so are our good brothers' souls,
and the souls of our faithful sisters.

Life is exalted and is victorious, and victorious is the Man who has come hither.

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