Photo: Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān, often given the nisbas al-Bariqi, al-Azdi, al-Kufi, al-Tusi or al-Sufi; fl. c. 721 – c. 815), also known by the Latinization Geber, was a polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician. Born in Tus, he later traveled to Yemen and Kufa where he lived most of his life. He has been described as the father of early chemistry. As early as the 10th century, the identity and exact corpus of works of Jabir was in dispute in Islamic circles. His name was Latinized as "Geber" in the Christian West and in 13th-century Europe an anonymous writer, usually referred to as Pseudo-Geber, produced alchemical and metallurgical writings under the pen-name Geber.
All Metallick Bodies are compounded of Argentvive and Sulphur, pure or impure, by accident,
and not innate in their first Nature; therefore, by convenient Preparation, ’tis possible to take away
Just as crystal, which is clear, becomes coloured from the colour of another object, so likewise the jewel of the mind becomes coloured with the colour of mental conceits. Like a jewel the mind is naturally free from the colour of these mental conceits; it is pure from the beginning, unproduced, immaculate and without any self-nature.
Transmutation is a great mystery, which is by no means —as fools suppose—contrary to the be transmuted neither into gold nor silver.
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‘A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom: An Encyclopedia of Humankind's Spiritual Truth’
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