from Suhrawardi to Emanation back to
Niketas Stethatos and the Philokalia – a trip i didn’t expect when looking at UML diagrams of philosophers.
But LightofLights looked super familiar.
Suhrawardi – 1154-1191 ad
All things in the universe partake in and of Light.
The intensity of light of the essence of things makes them distinct however, they share the same light.
The origin and sustaining entity of all lights and so all things is the Light of Lights.
Nikitas Stithatos 1005-1090 AD
10. Just as in the body there are five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch – so in the soul there are five senses: mtellect, reason, noetic perception, intuitive knowledge, and cognitive insight. These are united in three psychic activities: intellection, ratiocination, and noetic perception. By means of intellection we apprehend spiritual intentions, by means of ratiocination we interpret them, and through noetic perception we grasp the images of divine insight and spiritual knowledge.
11. If your intellect clearly distinguishes the intentions of its thoughts and in its purity gives its assent only to those that are divine; if your reason can interpret the physical movements of the whole of visible creation – that is to say, can clearly elucidate the inner essences of things; if noetically you can perceive heavenly wisdom and spiritual knowledge: then through the light of the Sun of righteousness you have transcended all sense -perception and have attained what lies beyond it, and you savor the delight of things unseen.