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The Qur'an, believed by means of Muslims to be the be aware of God, used to be printed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years in the past. it's the ideally suited authority in Islam and the residing resource of all Islamic instructing; it's a sacred textual content and a ebook of steerage, that units out the creed, rituals, ethics, and legislation of the Islamic faith. it's been probably the most influential books within the historical past of literature. well-known because the maximum literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has however remained obscure in its English translations. This new translation is written in a latest idiom that continues to be devoted to the unique, making it effortless to learn whereas conserving its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are shunned, and the Arabic that means preserved via respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an used to be at once addressed to every person despite classification, gender, or age, and this translation is both available to everybody.

Readership: someone drawn to, or learning, the Qur'an, Islam, Arabic stories, Comparative faith, Muslim society and tradition, philosophy, cultural stories

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This included geography. history. science. all the matters relating to study-the realm of Hod. Moreover. because he carried the caduceus. the rod entwined with two snakes. the symbol of his office. he had access to the knowledge about-I repeat-'about' metaphysics. The caduceus is another version of the Tree of Life. The rod is the pillar of equilibrium and each snake describes TREE AND GODS 57 the active and passive principles passing down from the winged head of the rod to its foot. However, this is a book to be read and studied as an introduction, as are all of the treatises on the Hermetic (Hermes or Mercurial) sciences.

The electrical fields within living cells might only be the crudest description of a vibratory process emanating' from the DNA molecules composing and governing them. These molecules in turn may only be the printed circuits for receiving that curious TREE AND MAN 49 influx of energy known as Life, for it is apparent that when any organism is cut off from Nature or the vital radiance of the Sun it droops from lack of stimulating input, and with complete deprivation of whatever fire on earth is, it dies.

In these he pursues mortal women and goddesses to spread his vast reservoir of most potent seed, leading to numerous halfimmortals and heroes. This is the particular power of Hesed. One story well illustrates the effect of undiluted magnificence. Semele, daughter of King Cadmus, asked to see her god-lover in all his glory. Jupiter attempted to dissuade her but in the end he gave in and she was blasted out of existence by his spendour like a snowflake in a furnace. Jupiter was King on Olympus, about him circled the other gods.

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