Yarghamid lies next. Angels call it the Valley of
Tawasin, because tasin refers to a cryptic tablet and tawasin
is the plural.
Four cryptic tablets are engraved upon a wall of
moonstone here. They belong to Gautama Buddha, Zarathustra, Jesus
Christ and Prophet Muhammad. “Behold the four tasins of
prophets,” Rumi says to Iqbal.
The Tablet of Buddha
The Repentance of the coquettish
“Transcend the unseen, for this doubt and
surmise are nothing,” is the message of Buddha. “To
be in the world and to escape from it: that is something!”
He is addressing a coquettish dancer. Her reply
to Buddha is, “Give my heart no time to agitate: add a curl
or two to your tress!”
The Tablet of Zarathustra
Ahriman Tempts Zarathustra
As the fifth type of intelligence, this should correspond
to your present stage. Ahriman, the Persian representation of
the Devil, is trying to dissuade Zarathustra from going out and
reshaping the world. “Take rest in the abode of Unity: abandon
company and sit in retirement,” is Ahriman’s advice.
This could be a natural choice for you as well, since you understand
that your major revolt is against yourself. “By associating
with nobodies, somebody becomes nobody,” says Ahriman.
Zarathustra replies, “Darkness is the shore
of the Ocean of Light and no torrent like me was ever born in
the heart of this ocean. My breast is swarming with restless waves:
what should the torrent do but devastate the shore? The colorless
picture, which no human being has ever seen, can only be painted
with the blood of Ahriman.”
The Tablet of Jesus Christ
The Dream of Leo Tolstoy
The Russian sage and reformer Leo Tolstoy beholds
Judas in a furious stream of quicksilver in the Valley of Seven
Deaths—annihilation in all seven aspects of journey. Standing
on the bank is a slim and crafty woman named Afrangine (literally
a word play on Afrang, the Persian for Europe). She has
taught idolatry to bishops.
“Now, do you regret what you did to our Lord?”
She taunts the traitor. The hapless man’s anguish increases
and he cries, “O Deceitful Enchantress! Look at your crime,
which is worse than mine. It is due to you that the followers
of Christ have done to his soul what I only did to his body!”
The Tablet of Muhammad
The Spirit of Abu Jahl Laments
Abu Jahl, the archenemy of the Prophet is praying
before idols as they are about to be removed from the House of
God. He laments that Muhammad is perpetuating equality and respect
for the individual. Slaves are rising up against their masters
and the youth are refusing to show blind obedience to custom.
“Do not go away from this abode,” he pleads to the
objects of his worship. “Or if leave you must then stay
in our hearts!”
The tour of Moon ends here. The first planet has
offered seven visions: the cave of Vishvamitra, the music of Sarosh,
the poetry of Sarosh and the tablets of Buddha, Zarathustra, Jesus
Christ and Prophet Muhammad.