The chapters that follow delve into a wide range of topics that may, at first sight, puzzle a prospective reader in search of a unity of purpose and an architectonic coherence. Nevertheless, the underlying principles and the general focus of this collection of studies will not escape, upon careful review, a reader’s attention. The underlying concern of this book is the question of the relationship between the Absolute and the relative, the Necessary and the contingent, God and the created worlds. This question is both fundamentally simple and indefinitely complex depending upon the vantage point one adopts in order to approach it. This question is simple inasmuch as it may always be reduced to schematic metaphysical syntheses that can provide readers endowed with some intellectual intuition with all that they may need to penetrate the conceptual avenues that lead to transformative knowledge. A metaphysical idiom, whether it be highly conceptual like the Advaita Vedânta or simply allusive, symbolic, and non systematic like Chuang Tzu’s, requires that it not be taken as a literal exhaustion of reality by means of representations. In fact, even its most sophisticated conceptual “constellations” are nothing but symbolic lights that only suggest the infinite vastness of the dark vault of the essential Night. In an ultimate sense, there is nothing more simple than the Absolute, since—as Henry Corbin reminds us1—the latter is ab-solutum, free in the most radical and integral sense. This supreme freedom from everything cannot but involve simplicity since it includes in its very definition a perfect independence, and since such an independence is incompatible with any kind of compositeness, the latter necessarily entailing the intrinsic constraint that would result from the relationship between its parts. Therefore, the Absolute could be defined as That which is perfectly free, unbound, and simple.


Transformative Knowledge Compensatory Excess Symbolic Light Intellectual Intuition Intrinsic Constraint 
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