Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)

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88                         ALBERUNPS INDIA.

will attain to us completely. Then you will exist; but
you will not report about us to others as long as your
doing is like ours."

Abu-Yazid Albistami once being asked how he had
attained his stage in Sufism, answered : "I cast off my
own self as a serpent casts off its skin. Then I con¬
sidered my own self, and found that / was He," i.e.
God.

The SUfi explain the Koranic passage (Sura 2, 68),
" Then we spoke: Beat him with a part of her," in the
following manner: "The order to kill that which is
dead in order to give life to it indicates that the heart
does not become alive by the lights of knowledge
unless the body be killed by ascetic practice to such
a degree that it does not any more exist as a reality,
but only in a formal way, whilst your heart is a reality
on which no object of the formal world has any in¬
fluence."

Further they say: " Between man and God there
are a thousand stages of light and darkness. Men exert
themselves to pass through darkness to light, and
when they have attained to the stations of light, there
is no return for them."
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