252 low; by the exigency of its united properties, at times drowned in the ocean of unity, man is bewil- dered ; and, at times, yielding to this prevailing nature, he associates with women. Know what Shaikh Aziz Nasfy says: Men, devoted to God's unity declared, regarding the expression tdi asmavat? " the folding up heaven/' that " heaven" signifies something that is high and of a bountiful expan- sion1 with respect to those who are below it, and this? causing a bountiful communication, may take place either in the spiritual or in the material world; the bestower of the bountiful communication maybe from the latter, he may be from the former, world. Further, any thing may be either terrestrial or hea- venly. If thou hast well conceived the sense of the heavenly and terrestrial, know that mankind has four nishd, " stages/'2 in like manner as the blasts of the trumpet are four times repeated: because death and life have four periods. In the first stage, man is living under the form of a thing; but, with respect to qualities and reason, he is a dead thing. In the second stage, under the form of mind, he is a living thing, but, with respect to qualities and rea» son, a dead thing. In the third stage, under the 1 (ja^ Silvestre de Sacy translates " emanation, overflowing."— (Journal des Savans, dtic., 1821, p. 733.) 2 Uu> is Interpreted in the dictionary: growing, producing, being borne upward, etc.; above it can but signify " a condition of being."