I arrived at the oasis after a long and tiring journey, in the cool shade of the date palms I laid down and fell into a deep sleep. Presently I became aware of a person approaching, I looked up to see what I thought was a lady dressed in black. As I rose to greet her I realized that she was black and beautiful, as dark as a moonless night. From within her I felt a power of attraction so strong my senses became confused.
“Who are you?” I gasped,
“I am Love” she replied ” I am that which binds the moon to the earth, the earth to the sun. I hold the atoms one to the other and I cause attraction between all things. I am everywhere, to find me you have only to become quiet and still.”
I fell to the ground to kiss her feet, but my lips touched only the bare earth.
After what seemed a time beyond normal experience, I again sensed the presence of a person approaching. This time I looked up to see a tall man dressed in white. His brilliance was such that I could hardly look at him, much less approach, he seemed to be the sun itself.
“Who are you?” I asked.
“I am power, I cause all things to grow and decay. I am energy and motion, the ruler of time and space. I am destruction and I am the creative force of life, you will find me in your very breath, in the beating of your heart”
I collapsed and knew nothing for a while.
Presently I awoke and went to wash my face in the well. As I looked into the water I beheld another face, neither dark nor light, reflected in the water.
“Who are you ?” I asked.
“I am knowledge, without me you are lost. I come to you in your dreams and all things. Study the ripples of the water and you will find me”