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ESOTERIC ISLAM

ESOTERIC ISLAM


A Hermetic Perspective on Islamic Traditions

The Doctrine of Flux, Al-Quran Chapter : 54 (The Moon)

The ‘Doctrine of Flux’ is a hermetic principle that drives the spiritual existence of humanity. It is associated with the physical characteristics of the elements (air, water, earth, fire), and the extent to which those characteristics are qualitatively expressed in human lives. The doctrine is a code whose value lies …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Principle of Gender in Quran

The gender related issues that are described in the traditions of Islam have been heavily discussed in the modern times by many scholars as well as the critics of Islam. The opinions among people concerning this subject vary greatly, ranging from ‘best’ to ‘worst’ in the topics ranging from marriage …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Shiva, the Great; and the Abrahamic Traditions

The prevalent religions of the modern times have mostly received their traditions and wisdom from the ancient theologies. Here an attempt is made to decipher common-points in the histories of their formations.

Brahma, the creator god; Vishnu, the sustainer god; and Shiva, the destroyer god; constitute a trinity of godhead …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Islam, the Great Hermetic Tradition

In this article, I have attempted to decipher the hermetic background of the teachings of Islam, and to elucidate the connections of its traditions, holy personalities, and fundamental rituals by the use of astrological symbolism.

Though many cultures of the ancient past had endeavoured to create a reflection of heaven …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Esoteric Evolution, Surah Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent)

The 55th Chapter of Quran is Ar-Rahman, meaning the Beneficent. The term ‘Beneficent’ carries a profound esoteric connotation in Quran because it relates to the mysteries of planet Saturn. I had succinctly discussed some of them in my previous articles, ‘Saturn, the Beneficent One; Al-Quran Chapter : 43 (Az-Zukhruf)’ and …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Symbolism of Animals in Quran

In the previous article titled “The Symbolism of Trees in Quran”, I had described the trees as symbolic representatives of human languages or modes of communications due to their nature as stationary living beings; their emblem could only be used to indicate the forms or empirical values of an intellectual …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Symbolism of Trees in Quran

One of the accomplishments of modern science is the creation of a greater consensus about assigning the status of living organisms to plants. The nature of plants though had always been recognized as highly complex in their diversity and systems of regeneration, but due to the limitations concerning organs of …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Septenary Outlook of the Islamic Teachings

This article attempts to explore the septenary approach in the Islamic traditions by interpreting the texts of Al-Quran and Hadiths (Prophet’s narrations) from a hermetic perspective.

The number 7 can be characterised as the most universal symbol to be represented as the common denominator in all the mystery teachings of …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Legacy of Ascension; Al-Quran : 17 (The Children of Israel)

This article provides a hermetic interpretation of the chapter 17 of Quran called “The Children of Israel”. It discusses the philosophy of spiritual wisdom and rituals that are mentioned in the Quran, and the legacy of their practice.

Time is the great designer of existence in the universe which never …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Alchemy of Purification in the Quran

The origin of man in nature has not been a matter of intense debate just because of the physical characteristics possessed by him, but the psychological attitudes that derive his life. Apparently, the power of focus that human minds possess is so stupendous that it can turn the most vague …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Saturn, the Beneficent One; Al-Quran Chapter : 43 (Az-Zukhruf)

Civilizations throughout human history have attempted to study the heavenly lights (astrological planets) to derive symbolic significance for their existence. The most dreaded and dimly lit amongst those has been the planet Saturn, whose influence got associated with extreme hardships and challenging circumstances. Thus, Saturn’s part in mythology is usually …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Spider’s Web, Al-Quran Chapter : 29 (Al-Ankabut)

Al-Ankabut (The Spider) is the 29th chapter of the Quran. Historically, it was revealed to prophet Muhammad during the most critical juncture of his ministry when the trials of his followers by the Meccan chiefs were at their extremes. Thus, it represents the purest light in the wake of struggle …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Magical King Solomon in Quran

This article is an study of the Quranic texts regarding the career and wisdom of king Solomon from a hermetic perspective. It interprets the philosophy and spiritual teachings of Quran for the human empowerment and freedom.

The anecdotes of the magical kingdom of Solomon in the Quran are not only …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘The Four Quls’, the Spells for Spiritual Protection in Quran

I intend to investigate the powerful protection spells stated in the Quran called the ‘four quls’. The hermetic arts of astrology and symbolism are employed here to interpret the esoteric meaning, and the applications of these spells.

The word ‘qul’ in Arabic language means ‘to say’. There are four chapters …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Astrotheology in Al-Quran, Chapter : 18 (Al-Kahf)

I present here the hallmark of astrotheological text found in any of the sacred book, since it offers a unique explanation of the principles of theology. Chapter 18 of the Quran, called “The Cave”, is the most comprehensive chapter on astrotheology in the Quran. In the beginning it relates the …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Navigation through the Zodiac, Al-Quran Chapter : 53 (The Star)

I bring you an astrological interpretation of the 53rd chapter of Quran, called “The Star”. It has the most profound guidelines for humans to navigate through the twelve signs of zodiac; and besides that, this chapter envelops the fundamental teachings of Islam in its entirety.

The chapter 53rd of Quran …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran — Part 4 (The Communion)

This article continues the series of “The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran”, and here it deals exclusively with the mystery of “The Communion”. There are many sections in Quran that refer to the mystery of Communion directly as well as implicitly in their teachings, and require thorough investigations through the lens …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran — Part 3 (The Cornerstone)

This article continues the series of “The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran”, though it can be read independently without loosing much sense in the context. The section of Quran I shall endeavour to interpret here is the chapter 15 called Al-Hijr, which means “The Stone”. The title of this chapter is …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran — Part 2 (The Chosen One)

The observations made by man through his faculties have always recognized an underlying order in the systems of the universe. From atoms to the galaxies, all seem to resonate and dance to the musical frequencies that express the mode of creation with an explicit design. This design has been unfolding …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran — Part 1 (Joseph)

The lore of Joseph is narrated in the twelveth chapter of Quran, which in contrast to any other chapter deals entirely with the sequential biography of Joseph, the son of Jacob. He is the protagonist around whom much of the wisdom and heroism of the narrative revolves. Also, the hermetic …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran — Introduction

The history of man bears witness to his great struggle for discovering the right formula to conduct affairs in the various aspects of his life. Time and again, man devised ideas of religious, political, and cultural natures that have continually brought solace from the ignominy of senseless conflicts that afflicted …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Mystery of ALIF LAM MIM in Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow)

This article specifically deals with the function of the mystery letters ‘Alif-Lam-Mim’ in connection to the Surah Al-Baqarah of the Quran. It attempts to further the concepts mentioned in my previous article “The Mystery Letters of Quran (Huroof-al-Muqattaat)” by elucidating them in detail with respect to the textual contents of …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Mystery Letters of Quran (Huroof-al-Muqattaat)

This thesis attempts to investigate the mystery letters of Quran called the “Huroof-al-Muqattaat”. Here, the hermetic arts of astrology, alchemy, and symbolism are employed to decipher their meanings, and potential significance for the human spiritual growth.

The extraordinary perfection in the design of universe has flabbergasted human intelligence since time …

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Monday, November 26, 2018