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Symbol Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence

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Every religious tradition or metaphysical worldview involves a system of powerful symbols, most of which bear common meanings across cultures, continents, and time. This volume, complete with a 9th century Quranic manuscript, explores the significance of the most recurrent symbols and archetypes in human history and elaborates a compelling theory for why symbolism plays su ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Fons Vitae (first published January 1st 1991)
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Over the past year or so, maybe longer, it seems that books come to my attention exactly when they’re supposed to. Perhaps it’s simply the way I’m digesting material right now, I don’t know. I do know that it’s becoming more difficult to write about reflections on many of my readings as what I put down never seems to adequately convey what I’m feeling or seeing. And that is all these “reviews” are: reflections.

“The language of symbolism is universal” (77) says Martin Lings. In my own progressio
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"A man should therefore understand," (symbols), "not only because he has to live in the herebelow but also above all because without such understanding he would fail to understand himself..."

It is less about assigning or imposing meaning, it is more about being open to what is revealed to us, as affirmed in the Qur'an, "We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and in themselves." [XLI:53]

Eloquent and succinct. His books are always thin but rich and complete in content. One of my favorite aut
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Martin Lings was an English writer and scholar, a student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, and Shakespearean scholar. He is best known as the author of a very popular and positively reviewed biography, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print.

Lings was born in Burnage, Manchester in 1909 to a Protestant family. The young Lings gained an introduct
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