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TITLEMetaphor and the Language of Revelation
AUTHOR 1Ross Woodman
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
ABSTRACTTo enter the realm of metaphor as the language of the soul is to come into direct contact with the Word as the originating power of creation.
TAGS- Metaphors and allegories; - Symbolism; Arts; Báb, Grammar of; Báb, Trial of; Báb, Trial of; Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb; Bible; Birds; Breath; Bride (metaphor); Christianity; Creation; Day of Judgment (or Day of Resurrection); Disconnected letters of the Quran; Flowers (metaphor); God; God, Throne of; Henry Corbin; Houris (huris); Hurqalya; Islam; Jerusalem, Israel; John Milton (author); Kitáb-i-Íqán (Book of Certitude); Life after death; Literature; Literature, English; Lover and the Beloved; Maid of Heaven; Manifestations of God; Mind, spirit, soul; Mirrors (metaphor); Mount Carmel, Israel; New Jerusalem; Nightingales (metaphor); Northrop Frye; Poetry; Prayer; Progressive revelation; Qayyumul-Asma (book); Quddus; Questions and Answers (Kitáb-i-Aqdas); Quran; Resurrection; Return; Revelation; Ross Woodman; Self-knowledge; Shaykhism; Siyah Chal (Black Pit); Soul; Tahirih; Typology; Unity of religion; William Blake; Word of God; Worlds of God
About: Metaphor is the literal language of the soul. To enter the realm of metaphor as the language of the soul is to come into direct contact with the Word as the originating power of creation, in the Bible identified with God. In this exploration of metaphorical language as the language of revelation, the richer unveiling of its meaning to be found in the writings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh will serve to clarify further the nature of metaphor as that clarification which contains within it an immediate consciousness of the station of Bahá’u’lláh. This newly released consciousness signifies humanity’s coming of age in and as a fully awakened human realization that the earth is now the throne of God, as proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh in his impassioned address to Carmel as his New Jerusalem Bride. Metaphorically understood, Bahá’u’lláh’s proclamation is “the trumpet” that in the biblical tradition signals the Resurrection. “Trumpet,” “Pen,” “Bride,” “Resurrection” — in metaphors such as these the soul finds its proper home in the redeeming consciousness of a new era described by Bahá’u’lláh as the “Divine Springtime.”
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