This is interesting geopolitically, given that Scholem says Kabbalah is the latest substantial movement within Judaism
the Bahir—an early Kabbalist text—and Ibn al-Arabi, a major figure of Islamic mysticism. Roughly contemporary to one another (12th-13th centuries) and emerging in relative proximity (Southern France and Southern Spain), these two systems of thought share remarkable similarities
Your ears might have picked up the word “Emanation” in my previous post. This is something that both the Kabbalists and Sufis adapted from Neoplatonism. Put in more candid terms, the Zionists and the Shi’ists belief-system arose in approximately the same place at the same time, and it wasn’t in the Holy Land, it was in SW Europe.
The Sufis call it the Midnight Sun
For them, the light of the “Ein Soph” is… green.
When you google “corbin kabbalah” all you really see is material related to that polemical text by the hostile yid who said “he declared war on us”. So synthesis, or lack thereof, is up to us.
Anyone familiar with this?
This green color is so intense that human spirits are not strong enough to bear it, though it does not prevent them from falling into mystic love with it.
I’ll just go ahead and say it- the reason the two peoples in question hate each other is because they have a different conception of the Godhead. I have not seen this green light idea in Kabbalah.
It’s related to awareness of the Angel Gabriel
lastly the stage of the divine center (Mohammad) is brilliant green… for “the color green is the most appropriate to the secret of the mystery of Mysteries (or the suprasensory uniting all the suprasensories).”
The way this corresponds with Kabbalah is that the Abyss, or Da’at, is described as a radiant darkness, or black light. If you can make it through that stage to the Sufi version of Keter, the light is green.
In any account of mystical experience I’ve read the light is always white, blindingly white. Except perhaps in UFO encounters… Not trying to be “that guy” or something, that’s simply the only exception I can think of where the light is sometimes green.
If you’re interested in this subject, this is the first Kabbalist I’ve found who discusses Corbin’s interpretation of Sufism beyond just in passing.
Carrying on with Sufism vs. Averroist Thomism, this is another way to phrase the split
the prevailing notion of the spirit as something plastic, at once material and immaterial, was abolished in favour of the simple Cartesian duality of body and soul.
So again it appears Descartes was operating with certain presuppositions that the world that followed Avicenna was not. All the way to the present we think of mind vs. body and not mind vs. mind. We presuppose the dualism of body and mind when there’s in fact a further dualism.
I’m reading someone now talking about how Imam Ali wrote with this forgotten side of the mind.
A question that could be asked is- Did the Kabbalists also retain this side of the psyche along with the system of emanation? Is this “imaginal intellect” linked with emanationism?
“Why is a Nazi comparing and contrasting Judaism and Islam?” You must be new here!
“I’ve followed your reasoning perfectly for years, and now I’m a schizophrenic misfit.” Sorry?
Anyway, I’m only seeing fragments on this connection
Brahma, the ‘divine names’ in Sufism, Sepherots in Jewish Kabbalah
And from somewhere else
Suhrawardi organized a cosmological hierarchy of emanating light, which derives from the Light of Lights and shines all the way down to human beings. Zoroaster also developed a similar approach to cosmology
We’re far away from secularism with this. The question I think is- Did Christianity lose this prior to secularization? Is that part of what led to secularism?
A controversial question- do the Shi’ists have better access to this than the west, than Israel?
I personally agree with him that it is Real, that it is in fact More Real than what we take as “ordinary reality”.
Does that “Averroism” explain the west’s gradual descent into nihilism?
I’m just remembering that another way of referring to the language of the birds is the GREEN language- what could this mean?
Is that faculty to perceive it dead over here? A color-blindness so to speak.