Alchemy in the sufy literature
|Written by Editor VOPUS|
Alchemy arrived in Europe thanks to the sufis that had been taking it through the south Spain, domain of the muslims in the Middle Eve. The Alchemy is a science of transforming brute metals into gold, but it isn’t about the physical metals, but it’s a metaphor for saying: transforming the brute interior, the lead of the personality into the Gold of the Spirit. A deep study into the alchemist doctrine reveals that indeed this is a science to be made between a man and a woman through the Perfect Matrimony, through Love, transmuting their sexual energy.
Therefore, the word Love in the sufi poems is not only a symbol of the incessantly seek of the Beloved, but also a symbol of how we can incarnate Him, through Perfect Matrimony between a man and a women or else said: Escape in the name of Love for God, through terrestrial Love of the Perfect Matrimony.
2. Alchemical symbols
In many civilizations and religions, the Divinity is also symbolized by a Fire. It dosen’t represent only a methapor to express the arduous Love for God, but it represents also God himslef awakening in the body and Conscious of the Lovers as a Fire. The Perfect Matrimony, the Alchemy combined with self-anihilation has as result the awakening of the Sacred Fire. This Fire is called in the hindus thelogy Kundalini, the Fire of Kundalini, a representation of the Divine in its feminine aspect. The Fire has the characteristic and purpose to burn from inside all the impurities, to distroy the Ego and unify the Soul with Divinity.
Alchemy represents, as stated above, the transmutation of the sexual energy. This transmutation it is made towards the brain. All this with the purpose of destroying the roots of the Ego and awakening with the time the Sacred Fire and bring Illumination. In the sufi poetry and alchemist texts, the transmuted energy is symbolized by the wine that the lovers must drink, and the chalice by the brain. Being drunk with the wine of Love is equal of having achieved higher level of conscious, ecstasis, illumination through transmutation of the energies.
The Cross doesn’t symbolize only the burden of the life that one must take on his sholders, but also the union lingam-yoni, man-women, the Perfect Matrimony.
Mortal never won to view thee,
Hafiz -"Persian Poems" - R.A. Nicholson
The Transmigration of the Souls
We don’t have only one life, but many more. Every human being is an essence, a sparkle of the Divine, and it doesn’t come to manifestation directly as a human, but first must pass through different cycles of living: from mineral to vegetal, then to animal and only after receives the title of human, this is the theory of the Transmigration of the Souls. As a human, everyone has 108 existences, 108 possibilities to achieve re-unification with the Divine, or what is called in Gnosis, Auto-realization of the Being. If at the end of the108 existences this wasn’t achieved, then we enter the cycle again, and we have 3000 such opportunities.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
The Absolute - The Final Liberation
Being conscious of its own happiness in the Absolute. Not all the spiritual streams teach the final liberation. Many of them show only the path to some superior states of conscious, to some superior worlds, known in the religious jargon as Paradise, Heaven, Nirvana, etc. Beyond these worlds there is something much greater, the Absolute, the Source of Everything, or what Rumi named Non-existence.
In the esoterism appear therefore two paths as a symbol for the stated above, the humid path- that leads the Soul to paradisiac levels, and the dry path, or the christy path - that leads the Soul to the supreme liberation of the cycles of transmigration, of the Wheel of Samsara, translated into Gnostic principles as the enter into the Absolute as a complete auto-realized Soul. Translated into the sufist speach, giving up the angel-soul (paradisiac state) for Non-existence.
The fallen of the angels indeed represents the fallen from superior states of conscious to inferior ones in a certain period of our history, the lost of the Divine Fire from ourselves, the lost of the connection with the Divine; that’s why we don’t just have to ligare, but to re-ligare, return to be one with the Being.
Didn't I tell you not to go to that place?
Given the enormous possibilities that the sufi sources open in order to be analyzed and comprehended, we end our study here, leaving the theories behind, with the only wish to ask ourselves every minute of our lives:
And You? When will you begin that long journey into Yourself?
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