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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I speak to you of joy.





In this moment my vision ended. And Diahmon went away and I was alone. And I remained apart as I had been told.
But in the fourth night I saw a strange form, a man wearing a long coat and a turban; his eyes shone cleverly and kindly like a wise doctor's.

He approached me and said, "I speak to you of joy."

But I answered, "You want to speak to me of joy? I bleed from the thousand fold wounds of men."

He replied, "I bring healing. Women taught me this art. They know how to heal sick children. Do your wounds burn you? Healing is at hand. Give ear to good counsel and do not be incensed."

I retorted, "What do you want? To tempt me? Mock me?"

"What are you thinking?" he interrupted, "I bring you the bliss of paradise, the healing fire, the love of women." (Footnote 132.) ~Carl Jung; The Red Book; Scrutinies; Page 355.


Footnote 132:

The version of this dialogue in Black Book 6 includes the following interchange:

[I:] "What about polygamy, houris, and paradise?"

[Visitor]: "Many women amount to many books. Each woman is a book, each book a woman.”

The houri is a thought and the thought is a houri. The world of ideas is paradise and paradise is the world of ideas.

Mohammed teaches that the houris admit the believer into paradise. The Teutons said as much" (p. 56). (Cf. The Koran 56:12-39).
In Norse mythology, the Valkyries escorted the brave who were slain in battle to Valhalla and tended them there.

Image: Houris in paradise, riding camels. From a 15th-century Persian manuscript. However, there is no evidence of describing a Houri on a camel in Quran or Sunnah.