Alone with the Alone by Henry Corbin


By Henry Corbin

"Henry Corbin's works are the simplest advisor to the visionary tradition.... Corbin, like Scholem and Jonas, is remembered as a pupil of genius. He used to be uniquely outfitted not just to get well Iranian Sufism for the West, but additionally to protect the crucial Western traditions of esoteric spirituality."--From the advent by way of Harold BloomIbn 'Arabi (1165-1240) was once one of many nice mystics of all time. in the course of the richness of his own event and the confident energy of his mind, he made a special contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. during this booklet, which encompasses a robust new preface by means of Harold Bloom, Henry Corbin brings us to the very middle of this flow with a penetrating research of Ibn 'Arabi's lifestyles and doctrines.Corbin starts with a type of non secular topography of the 12th century, emphasizing the diversities among exoteric and esoteric sorts of Islam. He additionally relates Islamic mysticism to mystical proposal within the West. the rest of the ebook is dedicated to 2 complementary essays: on "Sympathy and Theosophy" and "Creative mind's eye and inventive Prayer." a piece of notes and appendices comprises unique translations of diverse Su fi treatises.Harold Bloom's preface hyperlinks Sufi mysticism with Shakespeare's visionary dramas and excessive tragedies, comparable to The Tempest and Hamlet. those works, he writes, intermix the empirical global with a transcendent aspect. Bloom exhibits us that this Shakespearean cosmos is comparable to Corbin's "Imaginal Realm" of the Sufis, where of soul or souls.

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Mans0ri'l Yaman, Krltbu'l Kathf,p,8, 6E 69 Intro&rction $ e. The Curve and Slmbols the hand. " And the "Recital of OccidentalExile', describes the joumey leading to the summit of Mount eaf, at the foot of the cnerald rock, the mystic Sinai, where residesthe Holy Spirit, the Angel of mankind, whom the philosopher in this same recital identifies as the "Active Intelligence" and situates at the baseof the hierarchy of the cherubic Intelligences. The essence of this answer is to be sought in the words: If you are Khi/r.

The essence of this answer is to be sought in the words: If you are Khi/r. For this assimilanbzfits in with the meaning which, as we shall soon see, Ibn iArabi was to attribute to his own investiture witlr the "mantle" of Khi{r, a happening which he relates to the general significanceof the rite, for its effect indeed is to identify the spiritual state of him who receivesthe investiture with the spiritual state of him who confers it upon him. This suggests what it means to & the disciple of Khi{r.

While those about him thought him dead, he in his inward universe was besiegedby a troop of menacing, diabolical figures. But then there arose a marvelously beautiful being, exhaling a sweet perfume, who with invincible force repulsed the demonic figures. " His anguishedfather at his bedside was indeed reciting that sura (the thiny-sixth of the Koran), which is intoned specificallyfor the dying. This was one of Ibn 'Arabi's first entrances into the'dlam al-mithal, the world of real and subsistent Images, to which we have referred at the beginning of this book.

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