WHETHER THE consciousness sees without eyes, or whether
it needs the eyes to see, is a question that comes to the
mind of all metaphysicians. If the consciousness can see
alone, without the help of the eyes, why were these eyes
created? There are people who can see things that are happening
at a distance of many hundreds of miles and things that
will happen many years later. They see what may be happening
not only in their sleep but at all times.
Some time ago there was in Delhi a murshid whose name
was Shah Alam. One day he was having his hair cut, and was
looking in a little looking-glass while the barber was cutting
his hair. In India the haircutters use such little looking
glasses. Suddenly God knows what he saw in it – the murshid
dashed the mirror on the ground so that it broke into pieces.
His mureeds who were with him were astonished; the barber
also was amazed, wondering what had caused him to throw
down the mirror with such violence.
At that time one of his mureeds was traveling by sea
from Arabia to India, and his ship was in a great storm
and in great danger. He called upon his murshid for help;
the murshid saw his peril and saved him. Afterwards the
mureed told the others what had happened.
In Hyderabad there was a dervish who had the habit of
smoking very strong hashish. When he let the smoke out of
his mouth he used to look into it and to answer any questions
that were put to him. If someone asked him, 'Where is my
uncle at present?', he would say, 'Your uncle? Calcutta
. . . such and such bazaar . . . now I turn to the left
. . . the second house. Your uncle is sitting in his room.
His servant is at his side and his child is standing before
him'. Whatever he was asked he answered. Did he see it without
eyes? No, his consciousness had not its external self before
it and therefore it was able to see through the eyes of
another – through the eyes of the uncle or any other.
When I was in Russia there was an African, a very ordinary
man, not a man of any education. His condition was such
that at night when he was asleep, he knew who came into
his room, what they said, what they did. This was because
his soul was in and about the house and it saw through the
eyes of whoever came there.
In the same way the universal Consciousness sees through
the eyes of every being on earth. It is looking through
the eyes of all the millions of beings upon earth at the
same time. The thief may steal something, hide it, carry
it off and think, 'No one sees me'. He cannot escape the
sight of that Consciousness which is within himself, looking
through his eyes. It is not that God from a distance looks
down and sees all creatures upon earth. No, he sees through
the very eyes of the beings themselves.
The faculty of seeing exists in the Consciousness from
the beginning. Therefore among the names of God are Basir
the Seer and Sami, the Hearer. Basarat, the
faculty of seeing, becomes more definite, exact and concrete
the nearer it comes to manifestation.
One may ask, 'Is God not limited by this, made helpless,
dependent?' If it seems so to us it is because we deduct
from God a part of His Being. We occupy a part of the ground
and call it ours, our self. Really it is all God, the One
Being. A Hindustani poet has said,
What shall I call 'I'?
Whatever I see it is all Thou.
Body, mind, soul – all are Thou.
Thou art, I am not.