A saying from his honor explaining that intellect is the first creature of God and the foundation of genesis of the universe.
أَخْبَرَنا أَبُو زَكریّا أَحمدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرّحمٰنِ الطّالِقانيُّ قالَ: قُلْتُ لِلْمَنْصورِ في أَوّلِ دَخْلَةٍ دَخَلْتُ عَلَیْهِ: إِنِّي سائِلُكَ عَنْ أَشْیاءَ فَإِنْ أجَبْتَنِي عَنْها عَلِمْتُ أَنَّكَ مِمَّنْ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَیْهِ و إِنْ لَمْ تُجِبْني عَلِمْتُ أَنَّكَ مِنَ الْمُتَكَلِّفِینَ! قالَ: سَلْ! قُلْتُ: أَخْبِرْني عَنِ الْعالَمِ أَهُوَ حادِثٌ؟ قالَ: نَعَمْ! قُلْتُ: ما كانَ قَبْلَ حُدُوثِهِ؟ قالَ: ما كانَ قَبْلَ حُدُوثِهِ قَبْلٌ! قُلْتُ: فَخَلَقَ الزَّمانَ؟! قالَ: نَعَمْ! قُلْتُ: مَتیٰ خَلَقَهُ؟! قالَ: ما كانَ إذا خَلَقَهُ مَتیٰ! قُلْتُ: فَكَیْفَ خَلَقَهُ؟! قالَ: خَلَقَهُ بِخَلْقِ الْحَرَكةِ! قُلْتُ: فَالْحَرَكَةُ أَوَّلُ ما خَلَقَ؟! قالَ: لا ولكِنْ أَوَّلُ ما خَلَقَ الْعَقْلُ لِیُعْرَفَ بِهِ فَیُعْبَدَ ثُمَّ قالَ لَهُ: أَقْبِلْ فَأَقْبَلَ ثُمَّ قالَ لَهُ: أَدْبِرْ فَأَدْبَرَ فَجَعَلَ لَهُ الْحَرَكَةَ! قُلْتُ: مِنْ أَیْنَ إلیٰ أَیْنَ؟ قالَ: مِنَ الْقُوَّةِ إلَی الْفِعْلِ، ثُمَّ خَلَقَ مِنْهُ النَّفْسَ فَجَعَلَها نُوراً وَ جَعَلَ النُّورَ دَرَجاتٍ یَزِیدُ فَیَكُونُ رُوحاً بِقَدَرِهِ وَ یَنْقُصُ فَیَكُونُ جِسْماً بِقَدَرِهِ فَیَنْتَزِعُ مِنْهُ السَّمٰواتُ وَ الْأَرْضُ وَ ما بَیْنَهُما مِنَ الْجِمادِ وَ النَّباتِ و الْحَیْوانِ وَ الْمَلَكِ وَ كُلٌّ لَهُ نُورٌ وَ مِقْدار! قُلْتُ: أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ مِمَّن أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَیْهِ مِنَ الصِّدِّیقِینَ وَ الشُّهَداءِ وَ الصّالِحینَ وَ حَسُنَ أولـٰئِكَ رَفیقاً! وَاللّهِ ما رَأَیْتُ أَعْلَمَ مِنْكَ! قالَ: صَدَقْتَ وَ لـٰكِنْ لَو بَقِیتَ مَعِي سَأُرِیكَ رَجُلاً هُوَ أَعْلَمُ مِنِّي یُقالُ لَهُ الْمَهْدِيُّ!
Translation of the saying:
Abu Zakaria Ahmad bin Abdul Rahman Taleqani informed us and said: the first time I met Mansoor, I told him: I ask you about some things, then if you answered me, I will realize that you are from those whom God has granted with blessing and if you did not answer, I will realize that you are from the false claimants! He said: Ask! I said: inform me about the universe whether it is a creature? He said: yes! I said: What was there before it was created? He said: There was no “before”, prior to it was created! I said: so did He create the time?! He said: yes! I said: when did he create it?! He said: there was no “when”, when He created it! I said: then how did He create it?! He said: He created it with creating movement! I said: then movement was the first thing He created?! He said: no, rather the first thing He created was intellect, so that He would be known and worshiped with it, then He commanded it: come forward so it came forward, then He commanded it: move back so it moved back, so He set movement for it! I asked: from where to where?! He said: from potential toward action, then He created the soul from it, so He set it as light and made different levels for light that increase to the measure of soul and decrease to the measure of body, afterward, heavens and earth and all that is between them including inanimate things and plants and animals and angels extract form it and there is light and measurement for each of them! I said: I bear witness that you are one of those whom God has granted with blessing, you are from the truthful and the witnesses and the righteous and they are indeed good friends! I swear to God I have not seen more knowledgeable than you! He said: you said the truth, but if you stay with me, I will show you a man who is more knowledgeable than me, he is called Mahdi!
Explanation of the saying:
This pure wisdom that is a rare gem, is full of novel hints and amazing teachings and contains special knowledge that cannot be found anywhere except with friends of God from Mohammad’s family peace be upon him and his family and therefore, the clever inquirer was convinced that Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani is not a fool and mendacious claimant, but is an truthful scholar from elected people of God who guides toward growth and uncovers the truth of Islam and prepares grounds for advent of Mahdi. Although many things can be said in explaining this pure wisdom, even a book can be written about it, but this brief explanation does not have the capacity to describe it and therefore, we suffice to this outline so that firstly, based on what his honor said, time is a part of the created universe and has been a creature accordingly and with this description, it did not exist before genesis of the universe and has appeared in the middle of no-time and therefore, questioning about what was prior to that or when it was created is meaningless; secondly, the very first thing that was revealed from God is intellect to be the basis for His cognition and worshipping; Thirdly in the nature of intellect, a substantial movement has been set by creation order of God and this substantial movement, was the creator of time; fourthly, soul is created from intellect and for this reason, it can percept; fifthly, soul has been set as a light which its nature is penetrating and spreading and spreads all over the place by traveling in time and therefore, creation of intellect was the explosion of light and this light is still continuing to travel and whatever that is, is the reality of the soul itself; sixthly, this light from intellect which is soul, has experienced increase and decrease per creation order of God and therefore, the stronger and the weaker soul has been created; seventhly, this light from intellect and soul, is spirituality and therefore, whatever has increased has become spirit and whatever has weakened has become body and those things which are in between, proportional to their ratio of strength intensity and weakness, are enjoying spiritual and material aspects and therefore, spirit and body both are both from a luminous essence, to such an extent that we can say: spirit, is a strong body and body is a weak spirit; meaning that, this luminous essence is stronger in spirit and is weaker in body; eighthly, heavens and earth and everything in between them, including inanimate things and plants and animals and angels, have been created based on this integrated system and have extracted from this luminous light of intellect and soul; in a way that, depending on their share from it, which itself has different levels, they have found mere material body to mere spiritual aspect and of course their essence is “abstract”; because their existence is unique and only has different levels and therefore, depending on their level of existence, they have found an essence to themselves; because each one of them has a “light” meaning an essence and “measurement”; as God has said: «وَكُلُّ شَيْءٍ عِنْدَهُ بِمِقْدَارٍ» (Ra’d/ 8); “And everything has a measure before Him”!
Certainly, such pure teachings and unique wisdoms in the mind of the wise who comprehend speeches, are considered as verbal miracles and is an example of clear signs; because it speaks of the truthfulness of its speaker and the connection of his heart to the almighty place and therefore, the clever inquirer says after hearing it: “I bear witness that you are one of those whom God has granted with blessing, you are from the truthful and the witnesses and the righteous and they are indeed good friends! I swear to God I have not seen more knowledgeable than you”! But it is strange that this most knowledgeable man that has ever been seen, when finds the inquirer is astonished by his scholarly glory, instantly reminds him of the scholarly glory of Mahdi, in order to illustrate his true nature as the practical preparer of grounds for advent of Mahdi in all his gestures and hesitations and contrary to the claimants who, due to lack of scholarly knowledge, call people to themselves like empty and loud drummers and never rest from saying “Me! Me!”; he called people to the Caliph of God and never rested from saying “Mahdi! Mahdi!” with all his scholarly glory. This is the difference between the truth and the falsehood that may be hidden from the eyes of the blind-heart fools, but will never remain hidden from the eyes of the wise clever people and they will be the very helpers of Mansoor who will appreciate his value and will rush toward him even if that would be by crawling with hands and knees on the snow so that in his presence, they become educated to help Mahdi and provide the grounds for his sovereignty over the world, and indeed the future belongs to them, not to the claimants, not to the blind-hearted fools; even if, according to his beautiful interpretation, “They have filled this borderless universe from border to border”!