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The writer of these pages heard from the durvish
Sabjani that the Hindus and other nations, having
formed and adored as Gods various different images,
this is founded upon the fact, that eminent persons
among them were impressed with manifestations;
and in such a manner the ten avatars became the
counterfeits of these manifestations; some of the
avatars held themselves to be divinities, because
they have been the masters of these manifestations;
that the Jews and other nations acknowledge God
under bodily forms proceeds from the like manifes-
tations. Besides, that Pharaoh declared himself to
be a God, comes from a like manifestation :l because
Pharaoh, under his own form had seen God; on
that account the lord Imam Miiheddin Shaikh Mahi-
eddin, in some of his compositions, exhibited proofs
of Pharaoh's religion, and rendered this personage

1 The name of Pharaoh occurs several times in this work; but the cha-
racter of this personage is viewed in a diilerent light by the sectarians of
Muhararaedism. In the Koran he appears nearly as in the Bible of the
Jews, with regard to Moses and the Israelites, cruel, tyrannical, presump-
tuous, and perishing in the Red Sea: not without having before acknow-
ledged their God, and confessed his sins. But some Sufis see and admire
in the impious daring of Pharaoh the omnipotence of his power, and
adduce, in favor of their opinion, passages from some of their most cele-
brated philosophers. Indeed Jelaleddiri represents Pharaoh equal to
Moses. Sahel Ibn Abd-ullah of Shostr says, that the secret of the soul was
first revealed when Pharaoh declared himself a God. Ghazali sees in his
temerity nothing else but the most noble aspiration to the divine, innate
in the human mind.