When the circuit of this circle is complete,
Then the last is joined to the first.
'The Creation of the World was a Vail cast upon the Face of God, with a figure of the Godhead wrought upon this Vail, and God Himself seen through it by a dim transparency; as the Sun in a morning, or Mist, is seen by a refracted Light through the thick medium of earthly Vapours.
'Observe the three parts into which God has divided the first substance. Of the first and pure part He created the Cherubin, Seraphin, Archangels, and all the other angels. Out of the second, which was not so pure, He created the heavens and all that belongs to them; of the third, impure part, the elements and their properties.
(John A. Mehung)
The knowledge of the ancients reached the highest point--the time before anything
existed. This is the highest point. It is exhaustive. There is no adding to it.
(Chuang-tse; ch. XXIII)
'Garden of Mystery: The Gulshan-i Raz of Mahmud Shabistari'
By Mahmud ibn 'Abd al-Karim Shabistari (Author), Robert Darr (Author)
Garden of Mystery, the 'Gulshan-i Raz', holds a unique position in Persian Sufi literature. It is a compact and concise exploration of the doctrines of Sufism at the peak of their development that has remained a primary text of Sufism throughout the world from Turkey to India. It comprises a thousand lines of inspired poetry taking the form of answers to questions put by a fellow mystic. It provides a coherent literary bridge between the Persian 'school of love' poetry and the rapidly growing number of metaphysical and gnostic compositions from what had come to be known as the school of the 'Unity of Being'. Translated by Robert Darr who has for thirty-five years been a student of classical Islamic culture.