Subtle Body Simple, Straightforward Definition Term Paper

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Meditation is clearly a way not necessarily to get in touch directly with the subtle body, but to level up with spirits that can give you access to it.

G. Seeman, quoting Henry Corbin, refers to "three worlds of experience in the teaching of Shiite philosophers Qadi Sa'id": the phenomenal world, the suprasensible world 9 unperceptive to senses) and the cognitive imagination world. From a bodily perspective, these correspond to the physical, subtle and absolutely physical levels. A visit to the Temple of the Ka'bah is essential in order to coordinate the three subtle body levels in one's existence. Again Corbin explains that "for the mystical pilgrim, the pilgrimage and the rites of pilgrimage performed at the Temple of the Ka'bah have a direct configurative action on the formation of his body of light, on his body's malakut."

However, according to the Islamic medieval mystic thinker and alchemist, Shaikh Ahmad Ahsa'i, the subtle bodies fall under the following categories: Jasad a, Jasad B, Jism a and Jism B. The first two categories, the Jasad, may be assimilated to physical realities. Indeed, the creative Imperative and the world of the Intelligence are perceptible realities of the real world. The last two are subtle bodies: the world of the Spirit and the world of the Soul. It is here that we find direct comparatives with the previous subtle worlds in Chinese/Buddhist and Indic traditions.

In this sense, alchemy seems the perfect connection between the real world and its elements and the inner subtle bodies as the modality by which it is possible to reach both outside Absolutes (the attention of the Philosophical Stone) and in the inner circle, by discovering the inner subtle bodies. Yoga and alchemy may thus perform for the achievement of the same inner goal.

Bibliography

1. Seeman, Gary. INDIVIDUATION and SUBTLE BODY - a Commentary on Jung's Kundalini Seminar. PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE. September 2001.

2. The Trikaya or Three (or Four) "Bodies" (Dimensions of Existence) of the Buddha-State. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Buddhism/trikaya.htm

3. Wolf, Jason. The Subtle Bodies. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/subtlebody/the_subtle_bodies.htm

4. Completing the Global Renaissance:the Indic Contributions. On the Internet at http://www.infinityfoundation.com/indic_colloq/colloq_mission_long.htm

5. The Taittiriya Upanishad. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Upanishads/Taittiriya.htm

Wolf, Jason. The Subtle Bodies. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/subtlebody/the_subtle_bodies.htm

Completing the Global Renaissance:the Indic Contributions. On the Internet at http://www.infinityfoundation.com/indic_colloq/colloq_mission_long.htm

The Taittiriya Upanishad. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Upanishads/Taittiriya.htm

The Trikaya or Three (or Four) "Bodies" (Dimensions of Existence) of the Buddha-State. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Buddhism/trikaya.htm

Seeman, Gary. INDIVIDUATION and SUBTLE BODY - a Commentary on Jung's Kundalini Seminar. PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE. September 2001.

Ibid. Page 227.

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Bibliography

1. Seeman, Gary. INDIVIDUATION and SUBTLE BODY - a Commentary on Jung's Kundalini Seminar. PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE. September 2001.

2. The Trikaya or Three (or Four) "Bodies" (Dimensions of Existence) of the Buddha-State. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Buddhism/trikaya.htm

3. Wolf, Jason. The Subtle Bodies. On the Internet at http://www.kheper.net/topics/subtlebody/the_subtle_bodies.htm

4. Completing the Global Renaissance:the Indic Contributions. On the Internet at http://www.infinityfoundation.com/indic_colloq/colloq_mission_long.htm

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