On discerning the realm of God in the thought of Kabbalah and Tantra

Martin, Paul C. (2016). On discerning the realm of God in the thought of Kabbalah and Tantra. , , The University of Queensland.

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Author Martin, Paul C.
Title On discerning the realm of God in the thought of Kabbalah and Tantra
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Publication date 2016-07-20
Start page 1
End page 37
Total pages 37
Language eng
Subject 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
220404 Jewish Studies
220310 Phenomenology
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary This paper explores the way in which God as the infinite ground of existence is discerned by the imagination and understanding. The representation of the apophatic divine is facilitated by the working of the human mind, which means that the manifold nature of thinking establishes the presence of God. In the metaphysical speculations of kabbalah and tantra the singular light of Ein Sof and Paramashiva intersects with the human imagination, and is refracted into a multiple display of understanding. So the mind acts as a prism through which God is conceptualized and delineated. It constitutes a mediated envisaging of the Absolute, and the corollary of this perception is the engendering of the divine presence, notably as the feminine Shekhinah and Shakti. In short, in these two apparently different traditions—of kabbalistic and tantric thought—there is a detectably common theme of the notions of activity and force in creation as betokening a feminine representation of God’s being.
Keyword Kabbalah
Kant and Mysticism
Gender and God
Additional Notes This working paper takes the ideas of kabbalah and tantra as a point of departure for a mystical hermeneutic. I rely on translations into English, as well as secondary literature. Version 1 published October 10, 2010.

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