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BOOK TWO ---------- BEING

FLASH SEVEN: THE FINAL CAUSE

    The final cause of all this process is the realisation or manifestation of the perfection of the Divine names.  This is termed jalā and istijlā.

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    Jalā signifies their outward manifestation according to their various modes.

Istijlā signifies their display to the Deity Himself, according to these same modes.

    Jalā is a visible and intelligible manifestation or representation, just as the whole is represented by its parts.

    Contrariwise the perfection of the Divine Essence is the manifestation of the One Real Being to Himself, for Himself, without relation to anything beside Himself.

This is a secret and unintelligible manifestation.

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    Absolute self-sufficiency is a quality involved in Divine Perfection.  It signifies this:

    In a general and universal manner all the modes, all the states, and all the aspects of the One Real Being,

    As also all their adherent properties and qualities, in all their presentations -

- Past, present, and future -

- Manifested in all grades of substances -

- Divine and mundane -

    All these are realised in the secret thought of that Divine Being.  They are realised in such wise that the sum of them all is contained in His UNITY.

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    From this point of view He is independent of all other existences.  As the Quran says: "God most glorious can do without the world!" - (Quran: XXIX-5)

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