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Levels of Meaning in Holy Scripture: Vedic

Rev. Dr. Thomas Hickey

In the Vedic tradition, there are four levels of intelligibility   (Skt. nama) with corresponding levels of world or form (Skt. loka/rupa):

1. Vaikri- written or spoken level of gross intelligibility, corresponding to the gross world.

2. Madhyama- middle level or level of subtle intelligibility, corresponding to subtle world.

3. Pashyanti- celestial level  or level of causal intelligibility, corresponding to causal world.

4. Para- transcendental level or level of pure intelligibility in which there is identity of name and form (Skt. nama-rupa), corresponding to Pure Knowledge which is Ultimate Reality (Skt.Veda/Brahman).

The Kabbalistic equivalences of these are:

Vedic hermeutic level Vedic world Kabbalistic hermeneutic level Kabbalistic world
Para Ultimate sod Atzilut
Pashyanti Causal Derash Beriah
Madhyama Subtle Remez Yetzirah
Vaikri Gross Peshat Asiyah

posted on Donmeh forum
Tue, 6 Jul 1999


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About the author: external link Thomas Hickey is Director of the Circle School, spiritual counselor, Vedic astrologer, Yogacharya of the Advaitin tradition, Bishop in apostolic succession in the Communion of the Christos, and Taoist sifu.




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