Borges says the Institute divides the universe in sections, of which number is about the Pope , ironically classified apart from section , that on the Roman Catholic Church. Meanwhile section encompasses all four of Hinduism , Shinto , Buddhism and Taoism. He also finds excessive heterogeneity in section , which includes animal cruelty , suicide , mourning , and an assorted group of vices and virtues. He points out that in a language with a divine scheme of the universe, beyond human capabilities, the name of an object would include the details of its entire past and future. Influences of the list[ edit ] This list has stirred considerable philosophical and literary commentary.

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He wrote two substantial pieces on the work and made frequent allusion to it in his themes and stories. I decided to try my hand at some Kabbalah-uncovering by re-reading Other Inquisitions And seeking of course does mean finding: In The Wall and the Books Borgess perennial and explicitly dialectical theme of revelation and concealment is combined with the theme of eternity.

That which has been is that which shall be, and that which has been done is that which shall be done. That which has already been done and that which shall be done in the future is gradually being done in the present, constantly and frequently. Just as Borges says: the entire history of the cosmos in just a few metaphors.

Whoever compared them would have seen that they were essentially the same. Dreams demand attention because they show how forms can morph and yet remain constant in their denotation.

Spiritual time is elucidated by change of forms and degrees that are above time and place. Kabbalah defines time as the distance between cause and effect, the separation between action and reaction, the divide between the crime and its consequence. It occurs to me that to go on showing the extent to which every Borges story is not just affected by but steeped in Kabbalah is pointless.

Once seen, it is impossible to un-see. Every letter of every alphabet contains its spiritual meaning because people convey their sensations through books. Any sensation, not only human but animal as well, represents an unconscious perception of the Creator.

Nobody understands this, but in reality when a poet for example, composes a verse portraying his love for a woman, children, the sun, light, or even in describing his suffering, he is expressing his impressions of the light that acts upon him, whether he wants it or not.

For me the comparison enhances an appreciation of both Borges and the Kabbalah.


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