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Nature as reflection of worlds


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[1 of 11] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": detail "From ‘The Teachings of Silvanus’ in the 'Nag Hammadi Texts'"
Everything visible is a copy of what is invisible.

[2 of 11] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": detail "Sig.re.ix.1-3/Ss; Life p. 44"
The outward, visible, temporal world is a ‘spiration’, or ‘outbreaking’, or egress of an eternal spiritual World and this inner, spiritual World ‘couches within’ our visible world and is its ground and mother, and the outward world is from husk to core a parable or figure of the inward and eternal World. The whole outward visible world, with all its being, is a signature or figure of the inward, spiritual World, and everything has a character that fits an internal reality and process, and the internal is in the external. [Alternate translation: That which a thing actually is in its interior is reflected in its external character.] The visible world is a manifestation of the inward spiritual World, and it is an image or figure of eternity, whereby eternity has made itself visible.

[3 of 11] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Six Theosophic Points and Other Writings": detail "‘On the Divine Intuition’ Chapter 3.35,38"
For this visible world with all its host and being is nothing but an objective representation of the spiritual world, which spiritual world is hidden in this material, elemental world, like as the tincture in herbs and metals. …
 The elements are nothing but an image-like, moving existence of what is invisible and non-moving.

[4 of 11] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "The Key": detail "‘The Fifth Property’ and ‘Of the Third Principle’"
Nature is but a resemblance of the Deity. … This visible world is sprung from the spiritual world, from the outflown Divine Power and Virtue; and it is a subject or object resembling the spiritual world: the spiritual world is the inward ground of the visible world; the visible subsists in the spiritual.

[5 of 11] Erigena, John Scotus (810 - c. 877, Ireland): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Mysticism"
Every visible and invisible creature is a theophany or appearance of God.

[6 of 11] Jami (1414-1492, Persia): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)"
 Each speck of matter did He constitute
 A mirror, causing each one to reflect
 The beauty of His visage. From the rose
 Flashed forth His beauty, and the nightingale
 Beholding it, loved madly. From that fire
 The candle drew the lustre which beguiles
 The moth to immolation. On the sun
 His beauty shone, and straightway from the wave
 The lotus reared its head. …
 His Beauty everywhere doth show itself,
 And through the forms of earthly beauties shines
 Obscured as through a veil. …
 Where’er thou seest a veil,
 Beneath that veil He hides.

[7 of 11] Law, William (1686-1761, England): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "William Law: The Works, vol.2": detail "‘The Grounds and Reasons of Christian Regeneration, or the New Birth’"
The outward world is but a glass, or representation of the inward; and everything and variety of things in temporal nature, must have its root, or hidden cause, in something that is more inward.

[8 of 11] Philo of Alexandria (c. 15 BC - AD 50, Egypt): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": detail "On Dreams, bk. 1"
This world perceptible by the outward senses is nothing else but the house of God.

[9 of 11] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": detail "‘Sayings and Utterances’ 12"
External nature is only internal nature writ large.

[10 of 11] Plotinus (c. 204-270, Egypt): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Philosophy of Plotinus: Gifford Lectures 1917-1918, vol.1"
Sensible reality is at best only a sharer in true reality. The sensible world is a reflection of the spiritual world in the mirror of matter.

[11 of 11] Suhrawardi, Abu Hafs Umar (c. 1145-1234, Iran): primary subject "World, spiritual" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": detail "From 'Philosophy of Illumination'"
All forms of being in this bodily world are images of pure Lights which exist in the spiritual world.