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Oriental Mysticism : Sufiistic and Unitarian Theosophy

Oriental Mysticism : Sufiistic and Unitarian Theosophy
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Publisher TGS Publishing
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Author Name E. H. Palmer


Oriental Mysticism

A Treatise On
Sufiistic and Unitarian Theosophy
of the Persians

E. H. Palmer

Steering a mid course between the pantheism of India on the one hand and the deism of the Coràn on the other, the Sufis' cult is the religion of beauty, where heavenly perfection is considered under the imperfect type of earthly loveliness.


THE Traveller in the path of mystic philosophy is the Perceptive Sense, which as it becomes further developed results in Intelligence, not however the intelligence of life, but such as is described in the words of Mohammed, "Intelligence is light in the heart, distinguishing between truth and vanity, not the intelligence of life." After a time our traveller merges into Divine Light, but of the thousands who start upon the road scarcely one attains thereunto.

The Goal is the Knowledge of God, and the acquisition of this knowledge is the work of Divine Light alone, Perception or worldly intelligence having no lot or portion therein. The latter is represented as the sovereign of this world, and the perceptive faculties are the executive officers of his rule, to whom both the cultivation and devastation of the face of the earth is due.

The idea is suggested by the following passage of the Coràn: "When God said to the angels, I am about to place a vicegerent in the earth, they said, Wilt thou place therein one who shall commit abomination and shed blood? Nay; we celebrate Thy praise and holiness. God answered them, Verily I know what ye wot not of." (Cor. cap. 2, v. 28.) Which answer implies that God knew that although such might even be the conduct of the bulk of mankind, there would still be some who should receive the Divine Light and attain to a knowledge of Him; so that it is clear that the object of the creation of existent beings was that God should be known.

Existence was made for man, and man for the knowledge of God. To the same purport is the answer given to David, "David enquired and said, Oh Lord! why hast thou created mankind? God said, I am a hidden treasure, and I would fain become known ." The business of the Traveller then is to exert himself and strive to attain to the Divine light, and so to the knowledge of God; and this is to be achieved by associating with the wise. The received notion of the "stages" in the "road," involves a paradox, the disciple who asks concerning them being told that there is not even a single stage, nay more, not even a road at all.

This statement is differently explained by two sects, the Sufis and the Ahl i Wahdat, whom I shall call the Unitarians. The Sufis say that there is no road from man to God, because the nature of God is illimitable and infinite, without beginning or end or even direction.


Introduction Oriental Mysticism.
Part 1.
     Chapter I. Of The Traveller, The Goal, The Stages, And The Road.
     Chapter II. Of Law, Doctrine And Truth.
     Chapter III. Concerning The Perfect Man, And The Perfectly Free Man.
     Chapter IV. Concerning Fellowship And Renunciation.
     Chapter V. Concerning Attraction And Devotion.
     Chapter VI. Concerning Counsel.
Part 2.
     Chapter I. Concerning The Nature Of God.
     Chapter II. Concerning The Attributes Of God.
     Chapter III. Concerning The Works Of God, Physically Considered.
     Chapter IV. Concerning The Works Of God, Metaphysically Considered.
     Chapter V. Of The Four Universal Sources .
Part 3.
     Chapter I. The Saintly And Prophetic Offices Defined.
Part 4.
     Chapter I. On The Influence Of Early Prejudice Upon Belief.
Part 5. The Study Of Man.
     Chapter I. Grounds For The Discussion.
     Chapter II. Of The Origin And Animal Development Of Man.
     Chapter III. Of The Intellectual And Spiritual Development Of Man.
     Chapter IV. Of The Upward Progress Or Ascent Of Man.
     Chapter V. Conclusion.
Glossary Of Technical And Allegorical Expressions In Use Among The Sú fí Poets.

Softcover, 5¼" x 8¼", 95+ pages

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