The Image of Paradise


“The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.”

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho


2 Responses to “The Image of Paradise”

  1. aart Says:

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  2. The Sage Says:

    As you know, I too wrote about a fictional alchemist. The basic concept was, of course, turning lead into gold. This is basically an evolutionary process. Intriguing to the ancient alchemists who wanted to speed up the process. After all, take something common and turn it into something of value and you’re rich.

    In many ways, modern technology made us incredibly rich and transformed our world. We’re in the beginning of a new phase now. I regard alchemy as a metaphor and a picture of transformation.

    I think in the secret societies it often became a study of cosmic operation. It linked universal symbols into one language. It was like looking at God through a natural window. The problem is when it just stays there. You have a fascinating machine to play with, but it has no mechanism to propel it, no engine. It was useful, for me, as a way of understanding relativities, the clockwork of the Big Picture. It is non-empirical as a science, and tied more into the metaphysical and natural reasoning. A bit like a telescope that peers beyond the natural eye.

    While it is revelatory, it is not exactly divine. I hold it at a respectful distance. There are keys there, as there are in science, but they don’t unlock all doors. Only one key does that.

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