The Abrahamic Parallel

 

The pivotal notion of Identifiability in the Dharmic Tradition becomes the notion of Association or ‘Granting Partnership’ [Hebrew Shituf, Arabic Shirk] in the Abrahamic [‘Ibrahimic’] creeds.

The opening three of the Hebrew: ‘Ten Sayings’ [aseret ha-d’varîm; ‘Commandments’ in their European translations] comprise this injunction.

As for Islam: “Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases, to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed” (Qur’an 4:48).

 


Unlike in the Dharmic Tradition, the prophets and pundits of the Abrahamic faiths entirely appropriated the name and nature of this God ‘that was not to be partnered with’. And in most cases were violently intolerant of all other interpretations. [See: Varanasi]

If you want to explore the trail of Namelessness in the Abrahamic faiths, you have to go to their mystical arms: the Qabballah of the Jews; Islamic Sufism; the Gnostic Texts of Christianity, and so on. [Key mystic terms like the Jewish Aleph and the Islamic Fana originate here.]

We’ll get to them in later Posts. Along with how extreme contortions of the Self-Eating Expression yield the basic tenets of Islamic Fundamentalism.

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