[This letter consists of eight matters]
The First Matter,
which is the First Part
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
If it be that you can interpret dreams.(12:43)
S e c o n d l y : You want me to interpret now the dream you had three years ago three days after meeting me, whose meaning has long since become apparent. That beautiful, happy, and auspicious dream has been consigned to the past, so I’m right to say the following regarding it, am I not?
I am neither the night nor a lover of the night; * I am a servant of the Sun; it is of the Sun that I speak.1
Those illusions which are the snare of the saints, * Are the moon-faced reflections of the garden of God.2
Yes, my brother, we have become accustomed to discussing with you teachings concerning pure reality (hakikat), but to study dreams, the doors of which are open to fancy and illusion in order to ascertain reality, is not completely in keeping with our way of researching into and verifying reality. So in connection with that minor incident of sleep, we shall explain six points about the reality of sleep, the small brother of death,3 according to
Imam Rabbani, al-Maktubat, i, 124 (No: 130).
Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, Mathnawi, 10.
al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, x, 415; Daylami, Musnad al-Firdaws, iv, 309.