Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Secret of the Creation of Adam
In the kneading of the clay of Adam, all the attributes of satans, predators, beasts, plants, and inanimate objects were actualized. However, that clay was singled out for the attribution of “My two hands.” Hence each of these blameworthy attributes was a shell. Within each was placed the pearl of a divine attribute. You know that the sun’s gaze turns granite into a shell that contains pearls, garnets, rubies, emeralds, turquoises, and agates.
Adam was singled out for “I kneaded the clay of Adam with My two hands” for the period of ‘forty days,’ and according to one tradition, each day was equivalent to one thousand years. Consider then – for which pearl was Adam’s clay the shell? And this honoring of Adam was before the spirit was blown into him. This was the good fortune of the bodily frame, which was to be the palace of the vicegerent. For forty thousand years He labored through His own Lordship. Who knows what treasures He prepared there?
(Sachiko Murata. The Tao of Islam. State University of New York Press, Albany. 1992 P.40-41)