Cirlot on islands
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A Dictionary of Symbols – J. E. Cirlot
The belief in the existence of the Island or Islands of the Blessed is something which one comes across in the most varied of sources. Blavatsky observes that 'tradition says, and the records of the Book of Dzyan explain, that … where now are found but salt lakes and desolate barren deserts, there was a vast inland sea, which extended over middle Asia .. and an island of unparalleled beauty' and this island was an exact copy of the island situated in the midst of the zodiacal wheel in the Upper Ocean (or the Ocean of Heaven)............
Hindu doctrine tells of an 'essential island', golden and rounded, whose banks are made of pulverised gems, giving rise to its name of the 'island of gems' . Sweet smelling trees flourish on the land, and in the centre is a palace …. inside the palace, in a jewelled pavilion, is the enthroned Magna Mater [Great Mother].......