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Mâyâ and the Divine Treasure

  • Patrick Laude

Abstract

Within the Islamic tradition, representatives of Sufi mysticism often refer to a prophetic tradition in which God declares, “I was a hidden treasure and I wanted to be known, therefore I created the world.” This hadîth qudsî (a tradition transmitted by the Prophet of Islam in which the Divinity speaks in the first person) includes, in a way, the whole metaphysical doctrine of the relationship between the Absolute and the relative, and it may, as such, constitute a general introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of our present study. There are at least four levels to consider in this saying: (1) that of the I, the pure Subject, (2) that of the Divine Subject’s perception of being a “Hidden Treasure,” (3) that of the Divine Will (“I wanted”), and (4) that of the Divine as Object of knowledge.

Keywords

Philosophical Underpinning Pure Consciousness Islamic Tradition Metaphysical Doctrine Divine Essence 
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© Patrick Laude 2005

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