Ibn-Al-Arabi: The Bezels of Wisdom(Series – Classics of Western Spirituality Series) by Muhyi Al-din Muhammad Ibn, ‘ali Ibn Al-, ‘arabi from (usually translated as the “Bezels of Wisdom”) as the quintessence of his writings Ibn ‘Arabî is also the author of a work called Naqsh al-fusûs (the “Imprint” or. The author of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam or The Bezels of Wisdom was born on the twenty-seventh of Ramadan in A.H. , or the seventh of August, A.D. , in the.

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We have alluded to this station as follows: In himself he is quite unable to answer their demands, And for this reason you may see gnostics weeping. His movement was perceived as a threat by the highly corrupt religious establishment, and he suffered a fate similar to Jesus and the Apostles.

Look not to find fidelity Within a world so weakly stayed; This ancient crone, tue flouting thee, A thousand bridegrooms had betrayed. Thus Adam, as man, is the receptive wax that bears the image of the all-embracing and supreme Name of God, the breaking of which seal means the end of all cosmic becoming.

The Bezels of Wisdom

The divine causality on which the Cosmos depends is the Divine Names, which are every Name on which the Cosmos depends, whether on [a Name manifested in] a cosmos or the divine Essence. He who sees the Reality from His standpoint, in Him, but with himself as the seer, is not a gnostic.

This is his outer aspect and the rules that he adheres to in it. There is certainly much evidence of his acquaintance with such matters throughout his works. Recent research suggests that over of his works have survived in manuscript form, although most printed versions have not yet been critically edited and include many errors.

Nicholson, Studies in Islamic Mysticism, Cambridge,pp. Much of what he says here regarding symbols and the necessity for their interpretation is similar to material on the same subject in the chapter on Isaac [Chapter 6]. They would also absorb ideas from China and India, adding to them tremendous knowledge from their own studies. Whether affected by Had they made that clear they would have realized the truth of the matter.


There is but one Essence, The light of the Essence being also darkness. All religion is for God, from you not Him, except as being your Origin. May God bless and protect him who provides the aspirations from the treasuries of bounty and muni- ibn-al-srabi, Muhammad and his family.

One bezel that I did garner was: This we also say of Man and the angels. And to God do you return! It is possible that he met the famous Shaikh Abu Madyan at wwisdom time. He who restricts the Reality [to his own belief] denies Him [when manifested] in other beliefs, affirming Him only when He is manifest in his own belief. It was in Damascus that he had the vision that prompted him to write this book.

Huston Smith —Thomas J. He is saying, therefore, that it is not a case of the Sufi striving to reach a goal from which he is, in reality, distant, but only that he is trying to realize and become aware of a oneness and identity that is inexorably and eternally real.

Ibn Al-Arabi’s Fusus Al-Hikam: An Annotated Translation of “The Bezels of Wisdom”

Jung and his school. Though this be the eternal truth of the matter, none knows it [directly] save certain of the elite of the saints. The Reality is at once the created Creator and the creating creature.

We have paved the way for you, so consider! The Arabs displayed a remarkable capacity of assimilating the scientific knowledge of the civilizations they had overrun.

All things of this kind come within the realm of the Imagination, because of which they bezdls interpreted. Even so is the Cosmos preserved so long as the Perfect Man remains in it. Concerning recompense for the former, He says, God is pleased with the? Too pity that we don’t have full translations in all languages where this book is available.

Should you meet one who possesses such knowledge you may have complete confidence in him, for he is a rare gem among the elite of the Folk. Beware of comparing Him if you profess duality, And, if unity, beware of making Him transcendent.


The friendship, therefore, is of the most intimate kind; indeed it is, as the title of the chapter suggests, more like rapturous love by which the lover wksdom wholly permeated by the beloved.

Offline Computer — Download Bookshelf software to your desktop so you can view your eBooks with or without Internet access. Striving after divine illumination in diverse ways, from devout meditation to the ecstatic pleasures of wine, sexuality and the Dervish entrancement of dance, he emphasized a devotion to a spiritualized love that disregards rites and convention and concentrates on inner feeling and approach to the ecstatic infinite.

Who is here is what beaels there. He whose understanding is inspired by God will know this.

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The Reality, in Its Essence, is beyond all need of the Cosmos. I will soon make a critical edition and translate it into Urdu by the will of Allah.

However, the universal and the individual being may share a common determining principle according as the essential realities of the individual beings demand, as for example [in] the relationship between knowledge and the knower or life and the living. Exclusive web offer for individuals. Thomas Aquinas, for example, gained crucial familiarity with the works of Aristotle through translations into Arabic and then into Latin accompanied by the commentary of the great Muslim Aristotelian scholar Ibn Sina Avicenna.

Victor I urner —William B. On two of these occasions he had important experiences that heightened his spiritual awareness and confirmed him in his feeling that he enjoyed a special spiritual status in the cosmic scheme of things. It is hard to find books that really truly make a person drunk with words, but this one manages it. Ibn AlArabi gives an incredible perspective, and is most certainly worth trying to understand.

Best translation and critical edition available of oen of the masterpieces of Islamic mystical thought. Badawi, XX,pp.