bridge: “In Zoroastrian tradition, it was known
as the Chinvato Peretu, the Bridge of the Separation;
in Western vision literature, it generally takes the form
of a bridge
to a purgatorial experience. No one who returned from a NDE
(Near Death Experience) had ever seen what was on the other
side of the
bridge. It was the point of no return. Crossing it meant
leaving your old life forever behind.” W.M. Valtos, La
Magdalena. Charlottesville, VA., 2002. p.285.
all theism: H.
Atlan, "Niveaux de signification et athéisme de l'écriture." In, Le
Bible au présent. Paris, 1982. The full statement
reads: "All theism is idolatry, since expression signifies it,
thereby freezing it; except if, somehow, its discourse refutes itself
and so becomes atheistic. In other words, the paradoxes of language
and its meanings are such that the only discourse possible about God
which is not idolatrous is an atheistic discourse. Or: in any discourse
the only God that is not an idol is a God who is not God."
interpreter experiences things by caressing, never seizing anything,
he allows himself to be carried, negatively and infinitely, from
one meaning to another, so that if one had to locate (in the Text)
a center, an origin of meaning, a god that gives the meaning, one
would find it only in the void, empty of language, the 'blanks of
Ouaknin, The Burnt Book: Reading the Talmud. Princeton,
NJ., 1996. p.64.
keeps a journal which in winter, page by page, he burns for warmth.
The Rabbi lectures on the Burning Bush. The Philosopher says, "Thus...." The
Zen Master already knows this story. Sasquatch warms his hands.