Alquimia y Mistica: El Museo Hermetico by Alexander Roob

By Alexander Roob

Este compendio plasma los angeles riquísima tradición artística de l. a. alquimia, desde las tallas medievales hasta las ilustraciones de William Blake.

A tremendous trip during the background of esoteric lore: the nice paintings of the alchemists. The airtight Museum takes its readers on a mystical secret travel spanning an arc from the mediaeval cosmogram and photographs of Christian mysticism, throughout the interesting global of alchemy to the artwork of the Romantic period. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabbalists, Rosicrucians and freemasons are proven to be heavily associated with the early medical illustrations within the fields of medication, chemistry, optics and color theory.

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And a great prophet he was: "And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face . " (Deuteronomy Page 34 34:10). But the prophecy of Moses came out of his mystical experience and was its fruit. Again, Moses is sometimes called the lawgiver. And a great lawgiver he wasimmortalized in marble by Michelangelo. Yet the law came out of his mystical meeting with God. Again, Moses was the leader of his people, the former of community. But he can weld the people together only because he has met God in mystical prayer.

P. Dutton, 1923; London: Constable, 1926), pp. 53, 54. 7. Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses, trans. Abraham J. Malherbe and Everett Ferguson (New York: Paulist Press, 1978). Page 36 4 Presence and Absence (1) I I have said that the Book of Exodus is pervaded with the sense of God's presence and can be read as a great treatise on mysticism. I have spoken about Moses the mystic, Moses the friend of God. And now I would like to speak about the sense of presence and absence in the lives of millions of Christians who, following in the footsteps of Moses, have enjoyed friendship with their God.

The desert leads to a cosmic experience, a kenotic or emptying experience; it leads to the nada, nada, nada of those apophatic mystics who emphasize that we know more about what God is not than about what He is. Yet the same question haunted me: How does this differ from the mystical experience of the Buddhist or the Hindu? How Page 6 does it differ from the experience of anyone who enters the vast and lonely desert to relish the emptiness or to enter the fascinating world of supraconceptual silence?

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