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BOOK FOUR ---------- THE TRUTH

FLASH ONE: THE TRUTH

       The "Truth of Truths" is the essential, most exalted Divine Being. 

HE is the reality in all things.    HE is one in Himself.

HE is "UNIQUE" in such wise that plurality cannot enter into Him.

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    But  by His multiple revelations and numerous phenomenal displays He is sometimes presented under the form of substantial independent entities - "Haqāiq-i-Jauharya-i-Matbūa."

    At other times He is presented under the form of accidental dependent entities - "Haqāiq-i-Arzya-i-Tābi'a."

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    Consequently the ONE Essential Being appears as multiples by reason of the numerous qualities of these substances and accidents.  In point of fact He is ONE.  He is no wise susceptible of numbers or plurality.

Rase the word "this" and "that"; duality Denotes estrangement and repugnancy;

In all this fair and faultless universe Naught but one Substance and on Essence see.

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    This UNIQUE Substance viewed as absolute and void of all phenomena, all limitations, and all multiplicity, is the TRUTH.

    On the other hand, viewed in His aspect of multiplicity and plurality, under which He displaces Himself when clothed with phenomena, He is the whole created universe.

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    Therefore the universe is the outward visible expression of the "Truth".  The "Truth" is the inner unseen reality of the universe.

    The universe before it was evolved to outer view was identical with the "Truth".  The "Truth" after this evolution is identical with the universe.

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Nay, more.

    In reality there is but ONE Real Being.  His concealment in the Divine Mind, His manifestation in the sensible world, His priority and posterity in point of time:

    All these are merely His relations and His aspects.

    As the Qur'an (lvii-3) says, "It is HE who is the FIRST and the LAST, the EXTERIOR and the INTERIOR".

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When in His partial modes Truth shone out plain, Straightaway appeared this world of loss and gain; Were it and all who dwell there gathered back into the Whole(1), the "Truth" would still remain!

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In the fair idols, goal of ardent youth, And in all cynosures(2) lies hid the "Truth"; What, seen as relative, appears the world, Viewed in its essence is the very "Truth".

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(1) i.e., the grade of plurality in Unity, or Universal Soul.

(2) Literally, "horizons". i.e. objects of aspiration.

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