The place of speculation in kabbalah and tantra

Martin, Paul C. (2016). The place of speculation in kabbalah and tantra. , Papers and Publications of Former UQ Staff and Postgraduate Students, The University of Queensland.

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Author Martin, Paul C.
Title The place of speculation in kabbalah and tantra
School, Department or Centre Papers and Publications of Former UQ Staff and Postgraduate Students
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Publication date 2016-07-20
Start page 1
End page 38
Total pages 38
Language eng
Subject 220310 Phenomenology
220402 Comparative Religious Studies
220404 Jewish Studies
220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary In this paper I consider the apparently distinctive outlooks indicated by the mystical thought of Jewish kabbalah and Hindu tantra as they aim at realizing the scope of divine awareness. It is a profound horizon of light that beckons to them, which shows them to be on the verge of touching God. For both traditions there is a demonstrative reflective consciousness by the practitioner in realizing and recognizing the place of God’s being, as a supernal and mundane reality. It is an attempt to grasp that which is otherwise unreachable and unknowable, by pointing to a sublimely felt reality. I argue that there are some phenomenological similarities to the way in which approaching the divine is understood in these two systems, especially in regard to the role of specularity in apprehending and discriminating the place of God.
Keyword Gender and God
Heidegger and mysticism
Additional Notes This working paper takes ideas from 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 10 October 2010.

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