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advtanmoy
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Majma-Ul-Bahrain

by Dara Sikha

This small tract is of supreme importance to a student of comparative religion as it embodies, so far as I know, the first and perhaps the last attempt of its kind to reconcile the two apparently divergent religions. It is the last original work of Dara Shikuh and, as such, has an importance of its own. And, according to one authority, it was this very work which brought about his death. It is said that this tract was laid before the ecclesiasts who declared its author a heretic and sentenced him to death, which was only too faithfully carried out by his over-zealous brother.

An examination of the concluding portion of the work will show that it was written in 1065 A.H., that is, when Dara was 42. It ap|)ears from the Introduction that Dara wrote this work, according to his own inspiration and taste, for the members of his family.’’ He declares openly, I have nothing to do with the common folk of both the communities.”

The tract begins with an Introduction and contains Twenty sections having the following headings : —

  1. The Elements.

  2. The Senses.

  3. The Religious Exercises.

  4. The Attributes.

  5. The Wind.

  6. The Four Worlds.

  7. The Fire.

  8. The Light.

  9. The Beholding of God.

  10. The Names of God, the Mo»t High.

  11. The Apostleship and the Prophetship.

  12. On Barhmdnd