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It may here be remarked as a bulwark to this contention that el Haji is conspicuous — in fact, incurs reproach in consequence — for his innovations in the matter of scientific precision. It is as a violator of the Magian secrecy, even more than as a Christianizer, that Abdullah is blamed. Perhaps owing to some curious trick of my brain, I found myself one fine day in the state which, as far as I can gather, Hindu writers call Samadhi.
Compare the experiences of Burton in the Bombay Presidency, as hinted by Lady Sisted in her admirable sketch of his life. Hindus claim that advanced Yogis can always recognize at sight those who have ever attained this condition, just as the Freemasonry of Paederasts makes the formality of introduction superfluous among free companions of the Craft. In my own case I am convinced that Mahbub would never have entrusted me with his precious MS.
Such a secret as that of Samadhi is absolutely safe, because the one who knows it cannot by any possibility divulge the same. It is real, not an artificial secret. One could expose Freemasonry — it has been done repeatedly by idiots who did not understand what it meant — by publishing the rituals and so on. But the secret remains and ever must remain the property of those worthy of it; nor does it necessarily follow that the highest mason living has a knowledge thereof.
But the clothing of the secret, so to speak, can be studied; and for those whom the glorious garment may fit such study is truly illuminating. This being understood, it may be granted without further discussion that the intelligent study of the Bagh-i-muattar will yield deeper knowledge — the husks for the scholar, the wheat for the elect — than any other known poem. Now the revealing of one is the revealing of all: for from Fez to Nikko, there is one mysticism and not two. The fanatic followers of el Senussi can suck the pious honey from the obscene Aphorisms of Kwaw, and the twelve Buddhist sects of Japan would perfectly understand the inarticulate yells of the fire eaters of el Maghraby.
Not that there is or has ever been a common religious tradition; but for the very much simpler reason that all the traditions are based on the same set of facts. Just as the festivals of Spring all the world round more or less suggest the story of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, simply because the actual phenomena which every man is bound to observe in Nature are essentially the same in every clime; so also is Mysticism One, because the physiological constitution of mankind is practically identical the wide world over.
We have then the right to buy our pigs in the cheapest market, and the Bagh-i-muattar will certainly give us more reward for our trouble than any other work, the only possible competitors being the Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavad Purana, 2 and the Chinese Aphorisms of Kwaw. In the notes which I have by no means stinted I have indicated clearly to what each allusion refers; and it is within the capacity of any reader of ordinary intelligence to erect a complete system of philosophy, practical and transcendental, on those slender foundations.
True, Abdullah approaches Calvin too closely to please most students of Eastern religion by his insistence of the doctrines of Sin and Grace, Freewill and Discipline; but on the other hand, neither St. Francis nor Buddhaghosha can parallel his Devotion and his Phenomenalism.
No doubt at times one is puzzled for a while: one picks up a loose word here and there: one doubts: one guesses: one is illuminated in a moment. One is rather reminded of the workings of a heliograph under unfavourable conditions. But as with that instrument by dint of repetition one gets the all-important message at last; and the situation is saved. It is undoubtedly the importance he attaches to Sin, Repentance, Grace, as the means of raising the old to the new Adam that cost el Haji so much pains in persecution by the more orthodox Muslim; possibly the teachings of St.
Paul had vaguely penetrated to the gulf with the merchants of Venice or Portugal, and their danger had been recognized by those who held to the simpler grandeur of Islam. But clearly the belief in Evil — perhaps even a modified Manichaeism; 3 we must no forget that this heresy is a legacy from the Guebres with their Aormuzd and Ahriman — had impressed itself profoundly on the mind of the young Abdullah.
Never forget that this great doctrine informs almost the whole of so called Christian literature; St.
THE SUFI DOCTRINES
Christo Sunestauromai Gal. Carey It is sunset, and the rose rays fall aslant the woodland; they trace patterns of wondrous witchery on the velvet of the glade. A ruddy glow lightens the marble leer of the all-glorious one, the child of Arcady, the ineffable Pan — Pan! Io Pan! The love in my heart melts all the winter of my body, and the warm salt springs gush from my eyes upon the ground — surely the latter spring shall see green violets grow thereon!
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It is sunset, and the rose rays fall aslant the woodland; they trace patterns of wondrous witchery on the velvet of the glade. A ruddy glow lightens the marble leer of the all-glorious one, the child of Arcady, the ineffable Pan -- Pan! Io Pan! The love in my heart melts all the winter of my body, and the warm salt spring gush from my eyes upon the ground -- surely the latter spring shall see green violets grow thereon! Then, in the hush of the sunset, come noiseless hoofs treading the enamelled turf; and ere I know it a fierce lithe hairy body has gripped mine, and the dread wand of magic shudders it live way into my being, so that the foundations of my soul are shaken. We know that these people are not the gracious children of God, but the evil and laborious gnomes of hell; creatures whose lives are given to the senseless lust of gold, the infamous toil of coynte, counter and countinghouse.
Bagh I Muattar
It may here be remarked as a bulwark to this contention that el Haji is conspicuous — in fact, incurs reproach in consequence — for his innovations in the matter of scientific precision. It is as a violator of the Magian secrecy, even more than as a Christianizer, that Abdullah is blamed. Perhaps owing to some curious trick of my brain, I found myself one fine day in the state which, as far as I can gather, Hindu writers call Samadhi. Compare the experiences of Burton in the Bombay Presidency, as hinted by Lady Sisted in her admirable sketch of his life.