time the acts of giving of form, raising, and regulating strike the eye within those acts of nurturing, giving life, ordering, and decking out. And so on, since such all-encompassing and general acts are interpenetrated and one within the other and blended together like the seven colours in light, indeed, are united; and since each of those acts encompasses and embraces most beings and are a single act and by nature are the same; and since the one who performs the acts must be the same; and since each of them pervades the whole universe and unites with the other acts in co-operation and assistance; it has made the universe into an indivisible whole. Similarly, since all living creatures are like seeds, indexes, and samples of the universe, it has made the universe from the point of view of dominicality like a universal whose division and breaking into parts is impossible. That is to say, the universe is a totality so that to be Lord and Sustainer of a part of it is only possible by being Lord and Sustainer of the whole. And it is a universal so that each part of it has become like a single member; to make any one single member submit to His dominicality is only possible by subjugating the universal.
Dominical singleness and divine unity are the means and basis of all perfections,1 and the source and origin of the purposes and wisdom in the universe’s creation. They are also the source and sole means of attaining the wishes and desires of conscious beings and rational beings, and particularly of man. If not for divine singleness, all man’s wishes and demands would be extinguished. The results of the universe’s creation would also decline to nothing, and the majority of existent, certain perfections would be annihilated.
For example, man has an intense, unshakeable, passionate desire for immortality. Only One who through the mystery of singleness holds the whole universe in His grasp and can close down this world and open up the hereafter as easily as shutting up one house and opening another can satisfy this desire. And like this one, man’s thousands of desires which stretch to eternity and are spread throughout the universe are tied to the mystery of
In fact, divine unity is the clearest proof and most powerful evidence for the existence of endless divine perfections and beauty. For if the universe’s Maker is known to be the Unique One of Unity, all the perfections and beauty of the universe are known to be the shadows, manifestations, signs, and distillations of the sacred perfections and beauty present in that Maker of Unity. Otherwise the universe’s perfections and beauties would have pertained to creatures and causes, and the eternal treasury of divine perfections would have remained unknown for the human mind, and without a key.