Amidst the rich panoply of Jewish Kabbalah, Abraham Abulafia (1240-1291) resonates the most with modern, philosophically minded seekers of direct mystical experience. Abulafia was unique amongst Jewish mystics in providing precise instructions for personal spiritual practice. Despite a severe rabbinical ban, the subterranean influence of Abulafia’s complex of ideas and meditation techniques is evident upon many central figures in the history of Religion and Philosophy, including Chaim Vital, Pico della Mirandola and Spinoza.
(p. 225, The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick: 1977-1979, ed. Don Herron, Underwood Books, 1993.)
In The Heart of Jewish Meditation: Abraham Abulafia’s Path of the Divine Names Avi Solomon has translated three of Abulafia’s meditation texts to provide reliable access to this fascinating historical figure for modern acolytes of the heretical eternities.
Please note that Hadean Press has published the printed Guide as well as the epub edition. The Kindle edition was previously released by the translator and can be found here. The Kindle edition is an earlier release and differs from the Hadean Press editions.
Avi Solomon @avisolo is a Technical Writer and Gardener engaged in faithfully translating rare and classic Jewish texts from Hebrew into English for the benefit of a wider reading public.