"Seventy thousand veils separate Allah, the One Reality, from the world of matter and sense. And every soul passes before his birth through these seventy thousand. The inner half of these are veils of light, the outer half - veils of darkness.
For every one of the veils of light passed through, in this journey toward birth, the soul puts off a divine quality, and for every one of the dark veils, it puts on an earthly quality.
Thus the child is born weeping, for the soul know its separation from Allah, the One Reality. And when the child cries in the sleep, it is because the soul remembers something of what it has lost. Otherwise, the passage through the veils has brought with it forgetfulness. Man in his body is separated by these thick curtains from Allah." Rifa’i (Dervish)