Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Symbology of tawaf of Ka'aba | circumambulation, the other whirling

The winding upwards to the peak of full understanding is the seven-fold path of the Moslem round the Ka'aba, the goal of his pilgrimage to Mecca. The origin of the word, tafa (tawaf), the Arabic name for this circumambulation, means 'to attain the summit of a thing by spiraling around it'.

The center, the square stone of the Ka'aba, the 'Temple of the Heart' and the world axis. The windings are like the turning of the Buddhist Wheel of Dharma; the revolutions of the cosmos seen as the Immutable Divine Law.

Since the pilgrim spirals around the Ka'aba as the heart of the universe, it is also his own heart; and so the vortex being created is that of his own receptivity, which is matched by the descending vortex of Divine Revelation.

- Jill Purce, The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul

. Hajj: The Pilgrimage
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