|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
Lord, for them is torment of a grievous plague.
God it is who subjects to you the sea that the ships may sail
thereon at his bidding, and that ye may crave of His grace, and that
haply ye may give thanks; and He has subjected to you what is in the
heavens and what is in the earth,-all from Him; verily, in that are
signs unto a people who reflect.
Say to those who believe that they pardon those who hope not for
God's days, that He may reward a people for that which they have
Whosoever acts aright it is for his own soul, and whosoever does
evil it is against it; then unto your Lord shall ye be returned.
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
conceptions of the mind derived from former philosophies have found their
way into language, and we with difficulty disengage ourselves from them.
Mere figures of speech have unconsciously influenced the minds of great
thinkers. Also there are some distinctions, as, for example, that of the
will and of the reason, and of the moral and intellectual faculties, which
are carried further than is justified by experience. Any separation of
things which we cannot see or exactly define, though it may be necessary,
is a fertile source of error. The division of the mind into faculties or
powers or virtues is too deeply rooted in language to be got rid of, but it
gives a false impression. For if we reflect on ourselves we see that all
our faculties easily pass into one another, and are bound together in a