In offering the two Latin words mundus imaginalis as the title of this discussion, I intend to treat a precise order of reality. It is perhaps worth making this essay available here in spite of the fact that it can also be found online here in a different translation. This pdf. Henry Corbin’s Mundus Imaginalis, Sufism, neurological damage, psychic opening, and imagination gone awry. by Barbara Croner & Sheila.

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The Burning Bush is only imaglnalis brushwood fire if it is merely perceived by the sensory organs. Like Orpheus, you have to be careful where you look.

Three years later he took Henry Corbin was a philosopher, theologian and professor of Mnudus Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Jung Institute, San Francisco. Posted by Sheila Joshi at 5: Be the first to ask a question about Mundus Imaginalis, or The imaginary and the Imaginal. Theoretically, you now have suddenly increased access to the Mundus Imaginalis. North Atlantic Books,p.

Carole Burstein marked it as to-read Jan 13, His scholarly objectivity has been questioned on the basis of both a Shi’ite bias, and his imaignalis agenda; he has been accused of being both ahistorically naive and dangerously politically reactionary; and he has been charged with being both an Iranian nationalist and an elitist in both his politics and his spirituality.

Henry Corbin

He tells us how he emigrated, how in Damascus he followed the teaching of an Andalusian shaykh, and how he became attached to this shaykh; and when the latter left for Egypt, he together with a few other disciples accompanied him.

Once we have understood this, we perhaps understand the most important thing enabling us to follow the topography of visionary experiences. This means that no matter how high you might be able to go by rockets or Sputniks, you will never have progressed one inch toward Na-Koja-Abad, because the “threshold” will not have been crossed. From Cairo he followed him to Andalusia, where the munndus had suddenly been called by a letter from his dying father.


One cannot but be struck by the concordance or convergence of the statements by the great Swedish visionary with those of Sohravardi, Ibn ‘Arabi, or Sadra Shirazi. Henrj Joshi April 8, at 5: The third point is that in his last letter to his last visible representative, the Imam warned against the imposture of people who would imaginslis to quote him, to have seen him, in order to lay claim to a public or imaginals role in his name.

The, walk together until the traveler sees a group of houses, a mosque, and shade trees that seem familiar to him. What Sohrawardi therefore describes as being located “beyond Mount Qaf’ is what all the mystical cities, such as Jabalqa, Jabarsa, and Hurqalya, represent for him and through him for the entire theosophist tradition of Islam. The last begins at and lasts until his death, in which he studied and reintroduced eastern and Islamic philosophy.

To begin, we should heenry consider the kind of knowledge that characterises the Platonic path of gnosis. Our traveler obliterates his tracks, but he will keep some material evidence of his sojourn: At the summit or at the heart of the mountain, which is in the center of the Green Island, there is a small temple, with a cupola, where one can communicate with the Imam, because it happens that he leaves a personal message there, but no one is permitted to ascend to this temple except Sayyed Shamsoddin and those who are like him.

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Once recovered, he went into the village and saw a strange group of men who had come from a region near the land of the Berbers, not far from the “peninsula of the Shi’ites. Atomism Dualism Monism Naturalism. P Mccord marked it as to-read Oct 29, Like Khezr or Khadir, the mysterious prophet, the eternal wanderer Elijah or his doublethe traveller has to bathe in the Spring of Life.

Strangely enough — or perhaps it is the poignant example — in Persian, our authors use a term that seems to be its linguistic transfer: It is intelligible only to a mode of existence whose act of being is an expression of its presence in these worlds. Log In Sign Up.


This movement involves a progressive reversion and interiorisation, until the point is reached at which there is no differentiation between the knower and what is known, between universal truth and personal encounter, between human ego and angelic consciousness. Remember me on this computer. Platonismexpressed in terms of the Zoroastrian angelology of ancient Persiailluminated the path that I was seeking.

This intermediate world has its own consistent topography, but is also constantly influenced and shaped by the physical and the spiritual worlds. In short, it follows that there is a spiritual place and a corporeal place. However, despite all our efforts, we cannot prevent that, in current and non-premeditated usage, the term imaginary is equated with the unreal, with something that is outside the framework of being and existing, in brief, with something Utopian.

Corbin have been published regularly in French in the Eranos Jahrbucher. They returned to Paris one year later in July At the door of a pavilion, two young cofbin dressed in white mndus him and lead him to a young mar of supernatural beauty.

Five munuds, five cities, five sons of the Imam, twelve months to travel through the islands two months for each of the first four, four months for the fifthall of these numbers having a symbolic significance. This fully objective and real world with equivalents for everything existing in the sensible world without being perceptible by the senses is designated as the eighth clime.

The work of Henry Corbin: We may discover the way sens in Frenchboth in terms of meaning and in terms of direction.