This review is from: J R E Harger
by Henry Corbin
Entering the Divine through the Sigh of Compassion
, August 29, 2010
Alone with the Alone (Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn'Arabi)I was a hidden treasure, I longed to be known - for His (my) being-known depends on thee,meaning that when He (I am) is known by thee, it is because He (I know myself) knows Himself in thee. He is named when we name Him by (one of) his names. Each divine name manifested isTHE LORD of the being who manifests it. Each being is the epiphanic form of his own LORD.- he manifests only that aspect of the divine essence which in each case is particularized andindividualized in that name..... Being is not fragmented but wholly present in eachinstance.....and it is invested in each instance with one of these names as He appears as Lord....."compassion" … manifested through the "sigh of compassion" with the anguish of his divinenames (states of Divine expression) that have remained "unknown". . and in this very act theBreath exhales .. arousing to active being the concrete individual existences by and which andfor which these divine names are (at last) actively manifested.This is the core of Ibn'Arabi's insight into the essence and structure of "The Profound". This is avaluable comprehension since it can "inform" any meditation aimed at realizing "oneness" withthe Divine. The sigh of compassion is often ignored by those in meditation but know it is trueevidence that the Divine is "at hand". Highly recommended.