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Post Icon Posted: Sep 30th, 2010 at 05:00 pm

I am reading Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth by Henry Corbin. It is a book about mysticism and esotericism in Iran, starting from early Zoroastrian sources through Sufi movements. The book is a very challenging read. Nevertheless it is interesting... to say the least.

I have just started the book, but one of the claims that he argues is that the Airyanem Vaejo (Aryan Expanse), while denoting the physical Aryan homeland, has a much deeper connotation. Iran (land of the Aryans) has the psycho-symbolic meaning in ancient Aryan religions of the state of developed spiritual existence and psychic balance. For this reason, Zoroaster is born in Iran, and upon the culmination of his life, he returns to Iran. There he ascends a mountain to encounter divinity whereupon he is instructed to strip his clothes off and is enshrouded in light so that his body does not cast a shadow. The meaning in these actions is that by taking off his clothes he is ridding himself of the world thoughts that kept him stuck outside of Iran, i.e. out of a perfected state of being. The fact that his body did not cast a shadow is also symbolic of the centrality and centeredness of his being.

It is very interesting, because I had always heard of the esotericism in Aryanism, right up to 19-20th century Aryanist movements in Germany, had their roots in ancient Aryan occult philosophy. But I had never seen the details.

Also, something I know you would like S&E, so far the author has a lot to say about the importance of the feminine figures in Iranian mythology and Zoroastrian religion, and how they represent important archetypal images and more generally the animating force of life.
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 30th, 2010 at 07:54 pm

I can't wait to check this out - this is one of my favorite posts of yours.
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