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Bayazid al-Bistami: For thirty years

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Bayazid al-Bistami: For thirty years
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For thirty years, God most High, was my mirror and that which I was, am no more, for ‘I’ and ‘God’ are a denial of the Unity of God. Since I am no more, God most High is His own mirror. Now I say that God is the mirror of myself, for with my tongue He speaks and I have passed away.

(Bayazid al-Bistami)


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