THE FIFTH POINT
The Divine Name Self-Subsistent
[This point discusses the divine name Self-Subsistent. It is a summary of the Fifth Point about the name Ever-Living, is an addendum to Nur Çeşmesi (The Fountainhead of Light), and is also considered appropriate to be an Addendum to the Thirtieth Word.]
These important matters concerning the profound, comprehensive greatest manifestation of the name of Self-Subsistent occurred to me as separate flashes and are therefore not well-arranged. They have moreover remained in the form of an ill-arranged, speedily written uncorrected rough copy. For these reasons many deficiencies and much disorderliness are bound to be apparent in the phraseology and manner of expression. You must forgive my defects for the sake of the beauties of the matters discussed.
The points concerning the greatest name are comprehensive to the utmost degree and also extremely profound, especially the matters concerned with the name of Self-Subsistent, as are those of the First Ray in particular.1 Furthermore since these latter look to the materialists and have penetrated the subject to an even greater degree, everyone will not be able to understand every matter in all its aspects. They will, however, be able to grasp a part of each matter. According to the rule of “A thing should not be abandoned completely even if it is not wholly obtained,” it is not reasonable to leave aside such a matter altogether, saying: “I cannot pick all the fruits in this immaterial garden.” Whatever the amount of fruit a person can pick, it will be of benefit. For just as the matters connected with the greatest name are extensive to a degree beyond comprehension, so are they also subtle to the degree the mind cannot distinguish them. Not everyone’s mind will reach the Fifth and Sixth Points concerning the names of Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent, in particular the allusions of life to the pillars of belief and particularly to the pillar of divine determining and decree in the Fifth Point, but
If the person reading this treatise does not have a knowledge of science, he should not begin with the First Ray, but with the Second and should read the First at the end.