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Full text of "The Dabistan"

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not necessary for him to give the stated alms. He
was desirous to perform the pilgrimage, but he was
then too young for it, so it was postponed until he
attained the truth of his religion. The words of God
Almighty are:

" .Verily, 1 am near to mankind, nearer than their own necks; there is
" no separation between me and mankind; and I am one with mankind;
u but mankind know it not: nor can a man attain the knowledge of me,
" unless by the means of the assiduous perusal of the sacred volume, and
" not by much travel of the feet; but he may attain the knowledge of
4' me by ardent meditation, and, by obedience, a man becomes perfect."

Thus far from the Hal-nameh of Miyan Bayazid.

SECTION II.: AN ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY OF THE LORD
MIYAN ROSHEN BAYAZID.

Bayazid felt himself a prophet, and invited man-
kind to religious austerity; he caused them to say
prayers, but indicated them no determined quarter
to which they ought to turn, as the sacred text says:

'* Wherever you. turn, you turn towards God."

He said, religious bathing in water is not neces-
sary; for, as soon,:as the wind blows upon us, the
body is purified; inasmuch as the four elements are
equally pure. He said, whoever knows not himself
and God, is not a man ; and if he be hurtful, he may;