A Hermetic Perspective on Islamic Traditions
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The history of man bears witness to his great struggle for discovering the right formula to conduct affairs in the various aspects of his life. Time and again, man devised ideas of religious, political, and cultural natures that have continually brought solace from the ignominy of senseless conflicts that afflicted his mode of existence, and thereby he grew spiritually through the experiences and trials. The wisdom of the ancients is not actually based on absolute principles, rather on the relative conditions proportional to the problems at hand. The nature of wisdom has never been to bind humans to a fixed legal structure by restricting their movements at every level of growth, but to enshrine them about the common connections between different parts inside the existing whole. Therefore, the laws serve best when they carry the wisdom of preventing the disasters than dealing with them afterwards, and the wisdom serves best when it abides by the principles of redemption and growth. True wisdom forms the very essence of all the magical ideas that have transformed man's primeval existence into a responsible creature capable of serving the divine plan. The path of this growth had never been easy because the ideas of wisdom always required sacrifices of ego and vanity in order to counter the challenges posed by his mind to accept the necessary changes. Eventually, wisdom represents the agency responsible for the unfoldment of human potential to embody the divine archetype.
The functions of wisdom were incorporated into the mystery teachings of ancient Egyptians in the form of hermeticism. That is why the hermetic ideas outline the tenets of all the major philosophies in the world that include objectivity and resolution in the exercise of their traditions. Here, I have attempted to explain the manner in which symbolism of hermetic precepts are used to define the notions of highest aspirations in man's ethical behaviour by the Islamic traditions. [more]
Keywords: Esotericism, Hermeticism, Islam, Quran, Mysticism, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Astrology, Hermeneutics, Metaphysics