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Sufi Symbolism IV

This volume defines the meanings of flowers, lights, classifications of physical and spiritual places and positions, birds and other animals in sufi poetry. One chapter covers the symbolism of alchemy, metals and another analyzes symbols concerning travel. The interior dimension of these objects and beings from the physical world is revealed through the source material cited by the author. The general reader will be shown the metaphysical standpoint from which the sufis behold the universe, and the scholar will be presented with great deal of material on those themes.

Excerpt from Sufi Symbolism IV

Light (nur)

Sufis consider light to be symbolic of existence, while darkness is considered indicative of non-existence.

I am the precept
     you are a habit.
I am the light,
     you are the darkness.
What degree of symmetry
     has light with darkness?


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