182 " ceeded on the way,1 and had left the mountains " of Mecca, I saw a wanderer following my steps, « who called out: 6 Stop!' But Jabriil said:' Hold <l ' no conversation; goon.' I went on." By this the power of the irngination is indicated; that is: when I became free of the sight of my limbs and every thing belonging to me, and yielding no more to sensuality, and thus proceeded, the power of ima- gination, upon my steps, called out to me to stop; for the power of imagination is dextrous, and cer- tainly is great, exerting itself in all affairs, and serves in lieu of intellect to all animals ; but it is not right to allow imagination too much liberty, because it then descends to an equality with animals, and disorders its noble nature; further, whoever is as- sisted by the grace of God, follows not, on all occa- sions, the imagination. As to what the prophet said : " Behind me called out a woman, deceitful '* and beauteous: * Stop until I join thee!' Jabriil * * also said: * Go on, and bewar£ of stopping:' " this means the power of imagination, which is deceitful and bedecked, resembling a woman, to whom most natures are inclined, and who keeps men in her bondage; besides, whatever she does, is all art, 1 The ride proceeded to Jerusalem; a troop of Angels surrounded them on all sides. On the way Muhammed was called to successively by two men, the one of whom was a Jew, the other a Christian, and by a seductive female; the prophet did not stop at the voice of either.