Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sense of Existence and Imagination

Nearness to God cannot be calculated. To be near to God is not to go up or down, but to escape from the prison of existence. The treasure of God lies in non-existence. You are deluded by existence. How could you understand what non-existence is?


from RUMI - A Spiritual Treasury, compiled by Juliet MABEY
One World Pub. 2003
(P.S. RUMI = Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi)

"…psychological determinism. We can affirm fearlessly that if consciousness is a succession of determined physical facts it is entirely impossible for it ever to produce anything but the real. For consciousness to be able to imagine, it must be able to escape from the world by its very nature; it must be able by its own efforts to withdraw from the world. In a word it must be free. Thus the thesis of unreality has yielded us the possibility of negation as its condition. Now, the latter is possible only by the “negation” of the world as a whole, and this negation has revealed itself to us as the reverse of the very freedom of consciousness".

Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings

from The Psychology of Imagination - Imagination and Consciousness

Edited By Stephen Priest
Routledge, 2005