11.05.2015 - 19:41
To even try to review this seminal book is doomed to fail.
A compass of learning and teaching impossible to encompass.
I remember the impact it had on me in the early seventies.... Attention caught by the `derelict organisations.'
`Since it is this outer shell which is most easily perceptible to the ordinary man , we have to use it to point to something deeper.'
So that was what Chivalry was about; The Legends of the Grail... Elenour of Aquitaine, The Troubadours and Harlequins that had captured a puzzled imagination.
Richard Coeur de Lion around whom there was a strange coalition of stories. And who was Geoffrey of Anjou with his Broom for a favour or symbol... These things were a mysterious romance.
Astonishment did not end there.....Those amazing cathedrals with their soaring cadences of stone and the strange gargoyles stared at with what might be called unholy relief .. and what were all those medieval guilds about, with their closed membership. Names like Pythagoras Anaxagoras and Socrates were gripping. As was a touched on explanation for Shakespeare's unequalled body of work in the English language.
The fog that was Alchemy Witches and the Freemasons cleared, so did the mists of the Illuminists previously mixed with tares.
And that was what the Philosopher's stone signified.
An explanation of how the Franciscans had become the Spanish inquisition.
Then there were those stories of Speaking Heads or Black Heads and vilified Templers. Puzzles that had more of less been banished as unknowable or to the dustbin of someone else's fevered imagination.
And here was Sir Richard Francis Burton, and The Kasidah that one had dreamt over: caught by the rhythms of the English language and the haunting refrain.
Of course there is much more to 'The Sufi's' than the above. I am simply describing the first tremendous blow.
It was a light in the darkness of the detritus left in the West. Ted Hughes I think referred to forlorn mysteries that had come to life .
This was a solid account that was neither cranky or cultish.
`The secret book wisdom of illumination states that the philosophy is identical with the inner teachings of all the ancients ; the Greeks the Persians the Egyptians and is the science of Light and the deepest truth, through whose exercise man can attain to a status about which he can normally only dream.'
More of less unfamiliar names like Sheikh Saadi; Fakriduddin Attar The Chemist; Our Master Rumi; Ibn El Arabi; El Ghazali became familiar.
`In many cases they `scholars' have faithfully recorded the Sufi's own reiteration that the way of the Sufi can not be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning.'
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