I don't have my copy of the novel with me, but toward the end of the book there is a reference to the "seven veils of unreality". I'm thinking it could refer to seven days of the week, Greek mythology or even Merton's "Seven Storey Mountain". Does anyone know what the seven veils refers to?
In Buddhism there are said to be seven veils of illusion. There is also a famous dance of the seven veils. Each veil by itself is transparent, but when all seven surround the dancer, they form an opaque sort of covering.
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In the 12th century Sufi commentator, Rashid al-Din Maybudi wrote a treatise entitled 'The Unveiling of the Mysteries' in which he enumerated seven veils: reason, knowledge, heart, desire, self, senses and will. According to Sufism, these veils obscures the reality and hide the path to God.