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On Mysticism Free read ☆ 104 ✓ Editorial Reviews Considering that so much of the work by Argentine author Borges 1899–1986 alludes to the mystical this is a surprisingly small book Known throughout the world for his metaphysical fantasies Borges studied not only Christian mysticism but much Eastern philosophy and religion including the works of tD the illusive nature of words dreams and other mystical states This work also presents for the first time in English many of his brief essays that appraise other authors and philosophers Key features are the well known stories The Library of Babel and The Aleph along with the ironical Poem of the Gifts about his love of books and his increasing blindness VERDICT A good introduction to Borges for both students and interested general readers Nedra Crowe Evers Sonoma Cty Lib Santa Rosa CA About The Author About The Author Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and was educated in Europe One of the most widely acclaimed wri. Borges' writing about mysticism is like an acid trip A bird that is all birds It's really crazy I read it while floating in my pool this summer and really enjoyed having my mind blown

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Editorial Reviews Considering that so much of the work by Argentine author Borges 1899–1986 alludes to the mystical this is a surprisingly small book Known throughout the world for his metaphysical fantasies Borges studied not only Christian mysticism but much Eastern philosophy and religion including the works of the Sufis Buddhist doctrines and Raja or classical yoga To bring all these ideas together his widow Kodama and Levine Spanish Portuguese Univ of California Santa Barbara have edited this small but powerful collection of prose poetry and essays Many reveal Borges's obsessions with finding one's true I the nature of God an. Jorge Luis Borges' writing is single minded driven and uncompromising It is the fumbling of heightened senses the near mad scramble of an accomplished polymath demanding sacramental alchemy from his words It is exacerbation a skyward launch seeking the velocity to escape the jail of physics It is hot blood trapped in cold bodies flight with clipped wings and sideways staircases All ideas are unsustainable destroying themselves when expressed One could go blind to see the sun but most importantly what is blindness And ultimately what is the sun Borges is enormously self conscious of this dilemma and these works are his attempts at taking the reins It's a tough problem explaining the nature and non existence of time Intellect is an important tool for the task but as Borges writings subtly express a resigned sense of humor appears to be the only recourse Man’s submission to his flawed insignificance is inescapableTo summarize while introducing man's existence and biological reality can't explicitly translate the ideals constituting reality This is fact This is our fundamental struggle which permeates our essences Borges realizes he can't jump over sneak past crawl under wish away transmute much less destroy this hurdle What can Borges do Realizing the futility and imperfection of the solution he nevertheless writes his way through the implications This vigilance to craft steeped in physicality is our hope – our proxy to circumnavigate Nature He devises a diabolical solution which is no solution at all Time thus our Reality is both infinite and non divisible and thus non existent Enter the Paradoxes Famous labyrinths simultaneity spherical spaces gods made of birds made of gods made of birds words made of TIGERS made of words and even simple dusk lit observations are his attempts to weaponize language Then throw those words or bang one’s head against the wall which is the substantive The words themselves aren’t real but the hollow reverberation we hear from the wall IS real It is not the object but what the object displaces from Reality This is the idea This idea is the object Behind this Idea is the indescribable TruthPure Ideas capital I are destroyed by the chronological nature of their expression through language Even pure Thought inherently successive itself must fail to imagine the Timeless Ultimately if one understands the noble failure implied by this situation one has at least begun the journey Paradoxically the journey is then endedBorges conveys this better than most but unfortunately relies on a rigid academic narrative style out of necessity to his task Another sardonic irony perfectly apt in its existence A nebulous implied narrative could very well immerse the reader in the actual reality of timeless senses an escape from time into the feeling of the text But so could an ordinary dream or even a serendipitous shimmer of light on glass when the mood is right Although Borges does chase this aesthetic in some of his short fiction he is too obsessed with the mechanics of the Idea to ever surrender the implied to the explicit He refuses the role of sculpture directly helming the potter's wheel Still what he accomplishes is something not duplicated elsewhere in literature It is not a

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On MysticismTers of the 20th century he published many collections of poems essays and short stories before his death in Geneva in June 1986 In 1961 Borges shared the International Publishers' prize with Samuel Beckett In 1971 Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters honoris causa that he was to receive from the English speaking world eventually the list included both Oxford and Cambridge universities In 1971 he also received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards the Alfonso Reyes Prize In 1980 he shared with Gerardo Diego the Cervantes Pri. A God By Any Other NameFor many mysticism conjures laughable things Others allow it to be the freeway to their concept of God In Borge’s thinking at least as far as this thin volume of essays goes mysticism in hidden somewhere in the plumbing of science philosophy novels poetry or perhaps the urge to idealism He can’t seem to divorce himself from something to analyze here whether it be bardic poems the multifold pronouncements of poets even in a young man who has met with a tragic crippling accidentBut what he doesn’t seem to understand even in his reply to an interviewer’s reuest for his concept of God Borge says “I don’t know if God is in the beginning of the cosmic process but possibly he’s at the end” This is altogether in keeping with futurist architect Paolo Soleri’s thought that God is still in the process of inventing Itself Both men seem to imply that mysticism and its end result a nestling into Godhead is to be found in the individual human’s experience whether that experience is pointedly directed toward a concept of God or not This is the way of the most adventurous thinkers certainly; ie to explore manifest reality in an attempt to understand reality at its root Eventually that exploration leads along its many paths to a sense of something transcendent to a sense of the eternal Borge did come across this sensibility in his essays but he seems to have missed it looking instead for something to uantifyMy rating 16 of 20 stars