The second of the Seven Leading Names is al-'Alim, The Knower.
Eternal Life occasions Intelligence. Intelligence ('ilm), turning in on itself in Love ('ishq), manifests the Phenomenal World (wujud), as a theater of Witnessing (shuhud).
I was a hidden treasure and I loved to be known, so I created the world that I might be known. - Hadith Qudsi
The One confers on the many a mode of being and the many confer on the One a mode of knowing.
You are His nourishment as bestowing the contents of His Self-Knowledge, while He is yours as bestowing existence. - Ibn al-'Arabi
All knowledge is grounded in self-knowledge, the essential state of the soul. The soul is to the One as the body is to the soul.
Who knows himself knows his Lord - Hadith
The soul's presential knowledge offers the possibility of blazing new neural pathways.
Look up first and when your eyes are once charged with divine light, then when you cast your glance on the world of facts you will have a much clearer vision, the vision of reality. - Murshid
Witnessing occurs in the confluence of acquired (conceptual) and revealed (presential) knowledge.
The image of perfection is complete only with knowledge of both the ephemeral and the eternal. - Ibn al-'Arabi
Ya Allah, Ya 'Alim, Ya Khabir (Experienced), Ya Mubin (Clear)
Ya Nur (Light), Ya 'Alim
Say only what you know. (How do you know?)
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