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TITLEWhat I Want to Say is Wordless": Mystical Language, Revelation and Scholarship
TITLE_1STApophatic Scholarship: When the Pen Breaks and the Ink Leaves but a Blot
AUTHOR 1Ismael Velasco
DATE_THIS2001
VOLUMEBook 2
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PAGE_RANGE119-134
PAGE_TOTAL152
PUB_THISIrfan Colloquia
CITY_THISWilmette, IL
ABSTRACTIf the Word of God transcends words and letters, what point is there to Scripture, let alone to scholarship; the paradox of a history of writers penning volumes on a subject which they assert cannot be grasped by language; the relevance of mysticism.
NOTES Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #28, London School of Economics (July 14-6, 2000).
Mirrored with permission from irfancolloquia.org/28/velasco_apophatic.
TAGS- Christianity; - Interfaith dialogue; God; Language; Mysticism; Revelation; Scholarship; Sufism
 
CONTENT
Abstract:

If God is beyond the description of aught except Himself; if the Word of God transcends words and letters; if true Understanding shatters discourse, what point is there to Scripture, let alone to scholarship. If knowledge is but a point which the ignorant have multiplied, is discourse an exercise in ignorance? This presentation will explore the relationship between mysticism and language in both the Bahá'í scriptures and some classics of mystical literature from previous religious traditions. It will highlight, and try to understand, the paradox of a history of writers penning volumes on a subject which they assert cannot be grasped by language. It will finally suggest that the relationship between mysticism and language lies at the root of the Universal House of Justice's call for a religiously inspired reorientation of scholarship.
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LANG THISEnglish
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