Meditate upon the structure of the heavens,
So that thou may praise the "Truth" in its theophanies.
Behold the world from end to end within thyself,
Whatever comes at the end, thou may see beforehand.
The world of Adam appeared last of all,
Yet the two worlds became dependent upon his essence.
Thou art the kernel of the world, situated at its centre,
Know thyself for thou art the soul of the Universe.
Thou knowest all the Names of God because
Thou art the face of the reflection of the "Named."
O first who art identical with the last!
O inward who art identical with the outward!
Thou art cogitating about thyself day and night,
It is better that thou shouldst think no more of self.
(Shabistari from 'Secret Rose Garden' or 'Gulshan-i raz'; trans.: Seyyed Hossein Nasr,'The Need for a Sacred Science, p.91)
'The Need for a Sacred Science'
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
This book deals with the meaning of a science rooted in the sacred, the metaphysical foundation of such science, its contrast to modern science and its pertinence to some of the major issues facing humanity today. In the first part, the author turns to the fundamental question of the multiplicity of sacred forms. He discusses why it is necessary in the contemporary world to treat sacred science in the context of diverse religions. He also deals with the importance of sacred science in providing a meaningful study that would remain religiously significant of religions themselves.