guard it. And whoever shall alter it after he hath heard it, surely the guilt thereofis upon those who alter it: verily, God is Hearing and Knowing. And praise be to God,the Lord of all created beings!
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE
O Light of the Truth, Husámu’ddín, bring (into verse and writing) this Third Book, for “threetimes” has become a
Open the treasury of mysteries; in respect of the Third Book leave excuses alone.Thy power flows from the power of God, not from the veins which throb because of (bodily)heat.This lamp, the sun, which is bright—it is not (made bright) by means of wick and cotton and oil.
The vault of heaven, which is so enduring, is not supported by any tent-rope or pillar.The power of Gabriel was not from the kitchen; it was from beholding the Creator of existence.Likewise, know this power of the
of God to be (derived) from God, not from viands andfrom trays (of food).Their bodies too have been moulded of the Light, so that they have transcended the Spirit andthe Angel.Inasmuch as thou art endowed with the qualities of the Almighty, pass beyond the fire of themaladies (of the sensual self), like Khalíl.
To thee also the fire will become
coolness and safety
, O thou to whose complexion(constitution) the elements are slaves.The elements are the substance of every complexion, but this complexion of thine is superior toevery grade.This complexion of thine is of the simple (uncompounded) world; it has now gathered up(amassed and absorbed) the attributes of Unity.Oh, alas, the area of the people's understandings is exceeding narrow: the people have nothroat.O Light of the Truth, through the keenness of thy perception thy sweetmeat bestows a throat(even) on (one dull as) stone.
Mount Sinai in the (Divine) epiphany gained a throat, so that it quaffed the wine; but itcould not bear the wine.Thereby the mountain was shattered and cloven asunder: have ye seen a mountain amble like acamel?Bestowal of mouthfuls comes (to pass) from every clustered fruit-tree (well-to do person), (but)bestowal of a throat is the work of God alone.He bestows a throat on the body and on the spirit; He bestows a separate throat for every partof you.This He bestows at the time when you become Majestical and become void of vanity and deceit,
So that you will not tell the King's secret to any one nor pour out sugar before flies.The secrets of the (Divine) Majesty are drunk in by the ear of that one who, like the lily, hath ahundred tongues and is dumb.The grace of God bestows a throat on the earth, to the end that it may drink water and make ahundred herbs to grow. Again, He bestows on the creature of earth (the animal) a throat and lip, in order that it may eatits (the earth's) herbage in desire.