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The Picture of Language in Seeing the Nature of God in Kabbalah and Tantra

In: Religion and the Arts
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  • 1 The University of Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide, SA
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Abstract

In this paper I aim to show how a meaningful correlation can be made between the two mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Tantra by drawing upon ideas from the philosophy of art and aesthetics, especially as it relates to the intersection of images and words. A common leitmotif is that both of these traditions nominate a perception of God which through its manifold expression can be realized as a work of art. It represents a creative response to envisioning or “seeing” the divine realm, one that is renderable by the artist-writer on the material support of the enunciation. As an intentional account of his experiential consciousness of being with God, the artifact is aesthetically designed for the edification of the reader. A comparative connection between the two traditions can be found in this depictive and linguistic endeavor.

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