Literary Reading: Pir Sadr al-Din on the Beatific Vision of the Imam

The beatific vision is of two kinds: one a physical meeting with the Imam and the other a spiritual recognition of his essence, through which God is recognized.

Speaking of the second of these, Pir Sadr al-Din, in his ginan “Sakhi māhā pad keri vāt koek jānere”,  writes:

“Friend! None but a few know of the exalted station. Indeed, they alone recognize it who have found the true guide. 

Friend! Within the heart, at the confluence of the three spiritual rivers, there is an imperishable light. There – a shimmering effulgence, pearls are showered. 

Friend! I completely lost consciousness of my physical self when my meditation mounted the empyrean, bursting forth. 

Friend! I beheld the place of the lofty throne, I saw the seven islands, the nine continents. 

Friend! The religious scriptures and books cannot fathom this, for there is neither day there, nor night, neither sun, nor shade. 

Friend! My Lord is not such that He can be spoken of. He is to be seen – for He is indescribable, and nameless. 

Friend! How sweet is that Lord, indescribable, nameless. Says Pir Sadr al-Din, truly, with my own eyes, I have seen Him!”

Reading Adapted from The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation by Shafique N. Virani, Hardcover – May 3, 2007

Please also read Literary Reading: Imam Mustansir bi’llah on the Importance of Zaheri and Batini Aspects of Didar

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