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Full text of "The Dabistan"

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these ten bringers of good news (Evangelists) are
distinguished; likewise nine heavens were brought

singly, the supreme intelligence; this produced the second intelligence,
with the primitive soul and body; the second intelligence brought forth
the third, and the corresponding heavenly sphere, with soul and body;
and so down to the tenth intelligence, to wit that of human reason. The
modern Orientals kept the first-born supreme intelligence, which to the
Muhammedans was sanctified by the verse of the Koran, saying: The first
being which God created was intelligence, and established a double
series of descending intelligences and ascending heavenly spheres, as
follows, according to the ancient and modern system:

COSMOLOGY

OF THE DASATIR.                                                     OF  THE  MODERN ORIENTALS.

Intelligences.                                                             Spheres.

The 1st intelligence.

II     ..........    The 1st intelligence.    The IXth heavenly sphere.    The uppermost ITea-

\en.

Ill ...
	.....        II   .......
	VIII   .....   .
	....      That of the zodiac, or


	
	
	of (ixcd stars.

IV    ...
	........        Ill .......
	VII     ........ .
	.....     That of Saturn.

V
	........            IV    .......
	VI       ........
	                      Jupiter.

VI    ..
	.....            V      .......
	V        ........ ,
	.....                   Mars.

VII    .-
	......            VI    .......
	IV      ........
	------                   the Sun.

vm...
	........            VII .......
	Ill    .........
	------                   Venus.

IX    ...
	.......            VIII..   .   . .
	II    ........
	....                   Mercury.

X     .   .
	......          IX    .....
	I
	                  the Moon.

XI    ..
	.......        x    .......
	.  .    The human.
	the Earth.

The difference between the system of the Dasatir and the latter consists
only in this: that the first enthrones the first supreme intelligence, or
reason, above all nine heavenly spheres, and assigns to the second intel-
ligence with its soul and body the ninth sphere, in which the latter sys-
tem places the first intelligence, and the third intelligence corresponds to
the eighth sphere, and so on ; each intelligence is placed in the first sys-
tem, one sphere higher than in the latter; so that the numbers of intelli-
gences and spheres, counterparts of each other, do not form a perfect
Deltas, which mutually meets in the sacred number five, but they make
an Endekas. Besides, the Muhammedan philosophers call the soul of the
second intelligence " the truth of truths," and identify it with Muham-
med, who is said to have declared: The first being which God created