The Meccan Revelations is considered the most important book in Islamic mysticism. Ibn al-Árabî started working on this book in Mecca in the year 598 AH / 1202 AD; thus from here it takes its name, where he received the immense knowledge that he had broadcasted in this huge book from a spirit he calls the ‘passing young’ (al-fatâ al-fâàt) whom he met at the Kaaba. But it took him around thirty years to finish it in Damascus in the year 629 AH / 1232 AD, and then he rewrote it again between 632/1235 and 636/1239, just two years before he passed away.
The book consists of 560 chapters that vary in length between as short as half a page and as long as several hundreds. Although it is now mostly printed in four condensed volumes, based on Bulaq edition, it is in total contained in 37 volumes according to Ibn al-Árabî's own arrangement, and each volume is normally divided into seven parts which may start or end regardless of chapters; thus some chapters are placed in more than one part or even more than one volume.
(the book is under publication)
Translation of the first poem from the Discloser of Desires, a sample translation and expounding from:
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1- I lost my mind
|أَيَّ قَلْبٍ مَلَكُوا||لَيْتَ شِعْرِي هَلْ دَرَوْا||1|
|أَيَّ شِعْبٍ سَلَكُوا||وَفُؤَادِي لَوْ دَرَى||2|
|أَمْ تُرَاهُمْ هَلَكُوا||أَتُرَاهُمْ سَلِمُوا||3|
|فِي الْهَوَى وَارْتَبَكُوا||حَارَ أَرْبَابُ الْهَوَى||4|
1 If only they know what heart they possessed!
2 If my heart only knows what route they followed!
3 Are they safe, or are they lost?
4 I lost my mind in love, and become entangled.
Mystics, in their spiritual journey, may achieve various levels of excellence, and the Sufi’s endeavor has always been to attain full comprehensive perfection, by training and purifying his heart and cleansing his soul to eliminate all mortal desires and exterminate any attachment with the lower world. Similarly, the Alchemist’s goal is to adjust the properties of imperfect elements in order to transmute them into their most perfect state, nothing but gold-ness, normally via an agent called the elixir that is capable of removing all residuals and purifying and refining the element and balancing it, and ultimately converting it into gold.
Elixir is a unique substance with countless extraordinary properties and capabilities in addition to changing base metals into gold. It can be used for example to cure all diseases, prolong life and youth, and realize celestial knowledge and divine wisdom. For this reason it is also called the elixir of life or the philosopher’s stone, among other numerous names.
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