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Spiritual Body, Celestial Earth 03 (The Mystical Earth of Hurqalya) by Henry Corbin

Spiritual Body, Celestial Earth 03 (The Mystical Earth of Hurqalya) by Henry Corbin

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SpiritualBodyandCelestialEarth
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HenryCr;rbin
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1.ProgressioharmonicazFdtima,DaughteroftheProphet,andtheCelestialEarthwhoeverissomewhatamiliarwiththeorganknowswhatarereferredto as"stops."Thankstothesestops,eachnotecancauseseveralpipesofdifferentlengthsto"speak"simultaneously;hus,besideshe fundamentalnote,anumberofharmonicovertonescanbeheard.Amongthecontrivanceshatregulatethem,theprogressioharmonicadesignatesacombinationofstopswhichallowsmoreandmoreovertonestobeheard",on"ascendstowardtheupperregister,untilatacertainpitchthe funda_mentalnotealsoresoundssimultaneously.Thisisdescribedverybrieflyandwithoutanyclaimto tech-nicalaccuracy,but foradefinitepurpose.It isjustthatthisphenomenonseemsto ustheparallelmosthelpfulinunder-standingthesubtitleofthisbook:"FromMazdeanrantoshfiteIran."Asa resultoftheconnectionwhichwas efiectedbetweentheoldMazdeanIranandshfitelran-aconnectionnwhichwe shallhaveto payspecialattentionto thespiritualschoolhathasreactivatedraditionalshfitegnosisnIranianIslamsincetheend ofthe eighteenthcentury-somethinglikeaprogresaioharmonicatakesplace.Thehigherwe,.ascend,"the morehar-monicswe hear.Finally,the fundamental,whichgavethepre-cedingchapteritstonality,wiIlbecomeaudibleagain.Theanalogysuggestedmayatlastenabieusto understandccrtainfeaturesof thespiritualhistoryof lran.solittlestudyharthurfarbcen devotedinthcWtsttothephilosophyof
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ll. MgsticalEarth ofHilrqalEaIranianIslam, whether Sht'iteor not, that those whospecializeinthestudy ofancient ran, as wellasspecialistsn Muslimphilosophy as such, sometimesseemsurprised, if notannoyed,whena connectionspointedout whichtill then wasnot seenintheir scheme.Onthe otherhand, there are veryfew cultivatedIranians whoare insensitive tothis connection.To succeednrepresenting it adequately, weshall probablyhave togive upcertain of our customary categorieshat takeonly outer historyinto account, where everythingis studied withaviewto dis-coveringmajor currents, deducinginfluencesand causalex-planations, tryinginallwaystoreduce thingstoacommondenominator.Ifa phenomenondoesnot lend itself tosuch re-ductiontoidentity byway of causeandeffect,f it refuseso fitthepreconceivedabel,onewillreadily be suspectedofhavingbeened astray bysome materialthatis not authentic.This iswhathas madeitso difficultto discussspiritual/aclsassuch,especiallyhose thattookplace in fran, becausespiritual facts,as such,arediscontinuousand irreducible; they donotsucceedone anothern a homogeneousime;they are, each of them,theirowntime.Weshallnow considerbrieflytwo ofthese"times."On theonehand,the"time" of Suhrawardt,whose work,chronologi-cally, belongstoour twelfthcentury.In it, theauthor pursuestheaim ofrevivinginIslamthe wisdom, thetheosophia,ofancient Persia.His metaphysicaloutlookisdominated,ontheonehand,by themotif ofthe Xvarnah,the Light of Glory,andbytheMazdeanangelologythrough whichhe interpretsthePlatonicIdeas;and,onthe otherhand, bythe"time"of Shl'ism,determinedas to qualityby theidea ofthehiddenImlmand hisparousia.Thisidea resounds ike theharmonic ofa fundamentalnotethat wehavealready heardinthe Zoroastrianideaof theeschatologicalSavior or Saoshyant.ButneitherSuhrawardlnortheShr'itesarcZoroastrians.They are andintendtoremaininIslam,in a spiritual Islam,to be sure, whichis profoundly dif-ferentfrom the legalisticIslam, the officialreligion of the major-ity. If oneislimitedtothepositive historyofexternal things,withoutknowing how to effectphenomenologicaleduction, how\1.FatirnaandtheCelestialEarthcanone possiblygive"historical"authenticityto aphenomenothatexpresses,n agivenworld,thevaluesand realityofcertainperceptionseceivednaworldthat isforeign,evenheterogenous,to theformer?Such anattemptwillgiverisetotalkofsyncretism,dialecticalconciliation,artificialtransposition.Andthatwillbe theendofit.OurSpirituals,indeed,do not indulgeinsyncretism,nordotheyhaveto attemptdialecticalconciliation,becauseheyhaveattheirdisposala modeof perceptiondifierentfromtheone towhichwe havebeen reducedby ourone-dimensionalhistorical,consciousness.nthefirstplace,theyhaveattheirdisposalaworldof severalevels,andit isexactlyoneof theseevelsthatthe presentbook stryingtodescribeandtosituate.n thecourseofthisbookwe shallcomeacrossthe followingexpressionbyoneofour authors:'ToseeorperceivethinpinHurqalya."Thereinliesan allusionto thebringingintoplayofthe facultyofperception,which alsoandnecessarilysdvailableto theseSpirituals.Thebringinginto playofthis facultyisdesignatebythe technicalterm ta,uil,whichetymologicallymeans,,tobringback"'lhedatato theirorigin,to theirarchetypero theirdonor,Forthis,the samedatamustberecapturedateachofthedegreesofbeingor levelsthroughwhichtheyhadto.de-scend"norder to reachthe modeofbeing correspondingotheplaneonwhichthey areevidenttoourordinaryconsciousnessThispracticehasthe efiectof causingthese planeso symbolizewithoneanother.Hence,he ta'uilispreeminentlyhehermeneuticsof symbols,theex-egesis,hebringingoutof hiddenspiritualmeaning.With-out theta'util,Suhrawardl'sOrientalTheosophgwouldnotexist, noryetthat spiritualphenomenoningeneral,namelyShfitegnosis,bywhich themeaningof Islamistransfigured.Andconversely,herewouldbe nopossibilityof a ta'utilwithouttheworldofHurqalya,whichweareatpresentstudying;thatis,without theworldof archetypalImageswherethatimagina-tive perceptionunctionsandsable,bytransmutingthematirialdata of externalhistoryintosymbols,openetrateo theinnermeaning.n choft, thisconcernehe',spiritualhistory"whose
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