266 malady of the body has a curative medicine, so every malady of the spirit has also its means of core. Thus, as the pulse and the urine are indicative of the state of bodies, so dream and vision indicate the state of the spirit. On that account, the devotees relate the visions to their Shaikh, who is the doctor of the soul. The Sufis say, that upon the way of pilgrimage there are seven mertebah, " degrees/' The first de- gree consists of penitence, obedience, and medita- tion, and in this degree the light is, as it were, green. The second degree is the purity of the spirit from sa- tanic qualities, violence, and brutality ; because, as long as the spirit is the slave of satanic qualities, it is subject to concupiscence, and this is the quality of fire. In this state Iblis evinces his strength, and when the spirit is liberated from this, it is distressed with the quality of fierceness, which may be said flashing, and this is conformable to the property of wind. Then it becomes insatiable, '• and this is similar to water. After this it obtains quietness, and this quality resembles earth.2 In the degree of repose, the light is as it were blue, and the utmost 1 The text has ./^U malhamah, which means " gluttonous, eager " after any thing to excess;" if mulhim, it means " inspired." 2 The ecstatic conditions desired by the Sufis are attainable only in a perfect apathy, that is, in a cessation of all action of the corporeal organs and intellectual faculties.