tree of life, the immensity of which is understood through its twenty-nine properties, is eternal life and the life of the hereafter; it is life in the realm of bliss, the very stones, trees, and earth of which are alive. The tree of life, decked out with this many significant members, would otherwise remain without fruit, benefit, purpose, and reality for intelligent beings and especially for man. Then man, whose capital and faculties are twenty times greater and more numerous than those of a sparrow and is the most exalted and important creature in the universe, and the highest living being, would fall lower than a sparrow in respect of the happiness of life, and become the most unhappy, the most debased of wretches.
Furthermore, by dwelling on the pains of the past and fears of the future, the intelligence, the most precious of bounties, would continuously wound the human heart; because it mixes nine pains with a single pleasure, it would become a calamitous affliction. This would be false to the hundredth degree. That is to say, the life of this world proves the pillar of belief in the hereafter decisively and in the spring, lays before our eyes more than three hundred thousand examples of the resurrection of the dead.
Is it at all possible that the All-Powerful Disposer of Affairs, who prepares with wisdom, grace, and mercy in your garden and country all the things and members necessary for your life; who makes them reach you at the appropriate time; who knows and hears even the tiny, particular prayer for food offered by your stomach through its desire for continued existence; and gratifies it, showing with innumerable delicious foods that He accepts its prayer – is it at all possible He does not see you and know you; would not prepare everything necessary for eternal life, mankind’s greatest goal; and would not accept mankind’s most urgent, important, universal prayer for immortality, of which it is worthy, through constructing the hereafter and creating Paradise; that He would not hear man’s most powerful, general prayer, which rings out from the ground to the divine throne, although he is the ruler and result of the earth, nor hold him as important as a stomach, would not gratify him, so make him deny His perfect wisdom and endless mercy? God forbid, a hundred thousand times!
Is it at all possible that He should hear the most secret voice of the tiniest particular of life, heed its plaint, supply its cure, answer its want, nourish it solicitously, cause others to serve it attentively, and make His large creatures assist it; then not hear the thunderous voice of the largest and most valuable, immortal, most delicate life; and not take into consideration its powerful plea and prayer for immortality? That He should equip and superintend a common soldier with the greatest care and disregard a magnificent, obedient army? That He should see an atom and not see the sun?