Corbin, Henry - The Paradise of Yima
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth – Henry Corbin [translated by Nancy Pearson] 1977
The perception of the Sophanic mystery of the Earth, of geosophy, obviously cannot take place in the framework of positive geography. It presupposes a visionary geography, what has been called a ‘landscape of Xvarnah’, …. This is not spread over profane, previously determined space, but is concentrated or concentrates a sacral space in medio mundi, in the centre of the vision contemplated in the presence of the visionary soul (or of the visionary community) and this space does not need to be situated, since it is of itself situative.
Geographical features, mountains for instance, are here no longer merely physical features; they have a significance for the soul; they are psycho-cosmic aspects. The events that take place there consist in the very seeing of these aspects; they are psychic events. So the Paradise of Yima, the paradise of archetypes, exists in the centre because it is the meeting place of the Heavenly beings and the Earthly Beings.
Such is the image of the Earth that the cartographical method of ancient Iranians will reveal to us.