We all know what connotation Buddhism has in the west. I’m not sure if that’s deserved. This to me is an “oriental mystery” that is far more difficult to understand

If you haven’t checked out Corbin yet, he can be quite abstruse at times. And this scholar, who’s written a quartet of books on him, some consider the expert. In obscure circles Corbin seems to have a similar stature to Jung and Eliade, it’s just he happened to choose “the hated religion” to write about, so he’s less known.

I was on the greaseballnet earlier and saw this interest of mine referred to as “the temptation of the east” that they say has always attracted some sectors of the radical right.

Bringing up Eliade again- reading his writings on shamanism was a breeze. It’s not that way with Corbin on Islam. I don’t think it’s just a “me thing” either, I think it’s a challenge that WE have over here.

If you’re reading this right now and you’re not a fed or something you can probably resonate with this

The final chapter is largely a personal story, but one that may resonate for many who feel themselves outsiders in the modern, secular, scientific world. It is the story of the liberation of the Imagination, of the freeing of the soul from the fetters of a narrow rationalism into a world that is far more various, more real, more interesting, more alive, and more serious than the one that so many of us have felt compelled to inhabit for far too long.

He tries to mend the fracturing of the disciplines

Corbin tells us that the world of the Imagination has been left to the poets in the modern Western tradition. He wanted to reclaim it for philosophy and theology

Just trust me, I’m an exit-maestro. This is a necessary step. If you escape here you need to be able to understand them. Maybe it’s just me, I find understanding the Chinese to be a simple matter. In the case in question so much self-hacking is required.

Reversing 500 years, EASY!

his refusal to accept the separation between philosophy and revelation that characterizes Western thought since at least the Renaissance

The remaining Christians literally see the Quran as a “devil book”, it makes me laugh.

For Corbin the esoteric goal of Islam is to achieve “angelomorphosis” – sounds appealing.

You’ve folded, Jesus, you’re done here!

This is Corbin’s hermeneutic of suspicion, or, re-reading of history

the Neoplatonic hierarchies of Avicenna were supplanted by the Aristotelianism of Averroes. The Western world lost its angels, and we have been wandering, as he puts it, “in vagabondage and perdition” ever since.

Aquinas was demonized for his Averroism after his death – maybe that was a good thing?

To bring CRISPR into this, maybe some of those Muslims have an “imaginal” faculty in their brains that needs to be studied.

He calls it the Active Imagination

Without it, all the phenomena of religious experience are impossible. It is the means by which we perceive symbols.

You might even think of this in “psi” terms, like a third eye kind of thing.

He believed that for centuries in the west this faculty has been “abandoned to the poets”.

Like I said the other day, in Iran at least, poets are highly respected. And this might be a clue as to how they approach their scriptures.

This faculty does seem to be dead here

Upon it depends … both the validity of visionary accounts that perceive and relate “events in Heaven” and the validity of dreams, symbolic rituals, the reality of places formed by intense meditation

I remind you that Corbin was influenced by Heidegger who among other things developed a science of interpretation. Usually Heideggerians study philosophers and poets- Corbin is the only one I know of that studied Islam.

This site of mine is so absurd in certain ways I forget sometimes. Imagine some bluecheck on twitter making threads about Islam. Never going to see it, people stay enclosed in their confined mental spaces.

If Islam did this to me someday that would be pretty cool I think

We are changed utterly, ontologically: in our very being, by the exercise of the Active Imagination—and this allows us to see things that we otherwise cannot see.

Apparently there’s a technical term for that Rumi idea from the other day about thinking with one’s heart- himma is the power of the heart.

I have a feeling most people are more or less content with this spiritually dead society. You shouldn’t be content with that!

I don’t think people can face the fact that there was a price that was paid for all of our technological achievements. They look at it like it was 100% good with no bad side. I almost want to say that they turned into the machines that they created. Think of humanity as divided into specializations. The west is really talented at empirical manipulation of the world. In being so good at that it’s not as good at other things. We live only in the material world because of that skill of ours.

Wow, I’m learning that Rilke himself believed the angels of his Elegies to more closely correspond to the Islamic tradition than the Christian one. And Corbin said the Elegies “formulate exactly, literally” the mystical themes he detailed. Using western poetry to understand all this, that’ll probably help self-hackers.

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