"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Major Gnosis Conference - Moscow

Esotericism in Russia: “Ways of Gnosis” conference, April 10-13, 2013

Abstracts include this:

Арапов Александр Владиленович, доктор философских наук, доцент,
профессор кафедры философии, истории и права Финансового университета при
Правительстве РФ, Воронежский филиал (Воронеж).
Email: arpv@mail.ru
Анри Корбен: гностик и востоковед
Тексты Корбена всегда глубинным образом связаны с его личным
духовным опытом, который он хочет донести до родственных душ, до тех,
кто, как и он сам, принадлежит к мировой религии Гнозиса. Для Анри
Корбена Христос – Ангел, небесный полюс, небесная самость человека.
Человеческая сущность двухполюсная и образует двуединство земной и
небесной формы. Ангел Христос – его высшая вторая половина. Ангельский
статус человека не дан ему от рождения – он является целью, которую
необходимо достичь. Истинное жизненное путешествие человека – это
восхождение по духовной лестнице, Успех на данном пути зависит от способности любить и от неразрывно связанной с ней способности
воспринимать красоту. Таким образом, гностическая сотериология, учение о
спасении, говорит не о воплощении Христа, который становится человеком,
а о восхождении человека, который становится ангелом.

Henry Corbin: Gnostic and Orientalist
Corbin’s texts are always deeply connected to his personal spiritual
experiences, which he wants to share with all kindred souls, with all who, like
himself, are adherents of the world religion of Gnosis. In Corbin’s
weltanschauung, Christ is the Angel, the celestial pole, the heavenly self of a
human being. The human essence is bipolar, a unity of the celestial and the
terrestrial forms. The Angel Christ is the supreme celestial half of a human being.
The status of an Angel is the goal of a human life, something to strive for rather
than inherent by birth. The true human life journey is an ascension on the spiritual
ladder. The ability to love and the ability to see beauty are necessary requirements
for this ascension. Therefore, the Gnostic soteriology – salvation doctrine – is not
about the incarnation of Christ, not about the God who became a man. It is about
the ascension of a human being, about a man who will become an Angel.

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