Lesson 14
Imagine the lover and beloved being a circle, a line going through halving it and making the shape of two arcs to appear. If this line, which differentiates one from the other (i.e. lover apart from beloved), during the strife (between being-lover and not-being beloved) forced out, so the circle as is (cut in half) remaining a whole, the secret of ”distance of but two bow-lengths” [1] uncovered:
Renders the existence and non-existence of the universe
Nothing except a line between the light and the darkness
If you can read this mysterious ambiguous line [2] 
Distinguishing an ancient continuum from anew phenomenon
Those who can read this line know for sure: “Everything is nothing nil, It is indeed only It Self”. But there is something here left to be said, know that although the line has vanished however the circle is not as it was at first, the effect of line is not banished, although the line itself banished its impact survived:
Think not astray here and come to know
Whomsoever is lost in Lord is not the Lord [3] 
Because reuniting, which is obtained from the unity of two objects, Its singular uniqueness will not allow One-ness:
And after this, is most subtle about Its attributes [4] 
And the more allots, the more conceals, the more manifolds
One-ness due to Its Names (knowledge(s), attributes, descriptions…) is copious, but in terms of Its essence (Zaat) is unique and pure [5]. In either case the derived Names from It are unique and unmistaken-ably singular. Within the Names the One-ness is similar to ‘1’ in numbers, and if (‘1’) it does not serve as a unit the essence of numbers shall not be manifested [6]:
If all things are You, then what is this world for?
If I am nothing, then what are all these screams for?
All things are You and You are everything
That which is other than You, what is it for?
Since absolutely assured nothing exists but You
What is the legend of all these doubts for?
Its One-ness can only be understood through Its One-ness [7]. You (the reader) is only one (of you) [8] though you understand nothing about It except that It is only One. Be cognizant of your self that you and It are not in the same mix, Tawhid (One-ness of God) is thus derived and few comprehend, “Within the (infinite) numbers there is only one member ‘1’”:
‘1’ within anything, only one there is
Not numerous, not little, (only one) there is
[1] Araqi is using two Arabic/Koranic words exactly as used in Koran[53:9]:
“And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer”
Which describes the account of Angel Gabriel’s proximity to Prophet Mohammad in their early meetings. Now Araqi uses this as an abstract form of art to play with words as a poet. I can not see any relationship with this verse of Koran and this lesson.
This opened new horizons for me, “Koran is beautiful, use it to adorn (sometimes) rather than scriptural justification”.
[2] Arabic words ‘Hodooth’ and ‘Qedam’ were used which translated into ‘something new’ and ‘something old’. In the context of this poem and lesson I translated them into ‘new phenomenon’ and ‘ancient continuum’. Not very happy with this usage…
[3] Araqi used earlier the example of line through the circle, which separates the two: The lover and the beloved. Although they both are one circle, however this line clearly separates the two halves in most meaningful fashion. Then he says, if you re-unite with your Lord does not mean you become one with It. Be not silly! Like thinking that half arch is the entire circle.
[4] The more the Creator hides It Self and makes Its attributes (Sifat) subtly manifest. Example, we are strong because of the Creator’s attribute strength, which was bestowed upon us to continue our life on this planet. When we move our muscles with strength the Creator is completely hidden, we see It not! Though in most subtle manner we are using Its attribute strength. Its other attributes e.g. mercy, knowledgeable, pure... are subtly put into a attribute-manifold which carefully conceals us from It Self.
[5] ‘One-ness’ of the Creator can be described, exemplified, formulated, theorized, depicted, rendered, simulated, imagined… in infinite many different forms and fashions of intellect, however it is still talking about the uniqueness of Allah.
[6] If there is no number ‘1’ then there is no basis for any other numbers (infinite many of them) to be derived from. Similarly, there is One Creator, but from this One-ness is derived infinitely many creations.
[7] All attributes of Beloved can only be understood through the Beloved It Self. Knowledge can only be obtained and understood through It Self as The Most Knowledgeable (Al-Alim). Mercy can only be understood through It Self as the Most Merciful (Ar-Rahim). Thus Araqi makes a profound discovery that the One-ness of the Creator can only be comprehended through It’s own unique-ness and singularity. Not through anything from us or the nature around us. It is because It wants us to understand Its One-ness that we sense the unique higher power in the universe and within us. Else we would have not sensate anything.
[8] There is one of me i.e. finite and how can I understand this beyond comprehension infinite Super Being?

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