« The most characteristic feature of the mystery is the fact that it is announced everywhere »i.
It is announced, but not revealed.
It is presented, but not disclosed. It is reported, but not visible.
« What is hidden is what is revealed »ii…
I assume that « what is hidden » points not to the invisible but to the ineffable.
What is revealed is ineffable.
Between myth and mysticism, there are as many differences as there are between the invisible and the unspeakable.
Buried caches, deep caves, dark cellars, distant Hades, these are the founding places of the myth. Esoteric thinkers promise the vision of these secret places to the initiate, when the time comes.
Mysticism goes beyond myth in this: it claims to reveal nothing of the « mystery », which remains unspeakable, inexpressible, incommunicable. What mysticism teaches is not what cannot be said, but what testifies to it, what by signs takes the place of it.
« The god whose oracle is in Delphi does not reveal, does not hide, but gives a sign. « iii (Heraclitus)
You have to get used to thinking like crabs, to drifting towards the sea, running sideways, going sideways. Think by allusions, by paradoxes. « God exists, but not by existence. He lives, but not by life. He knows, but not by science » iv (Leibniz).
Words, syntax, grammars, are teeming with false leads. The researcher must look for other stars, to cross the unknown seas of the world.
Logic itself and its laws are misleading. It is better to follow Leibniz: « The more we succeed in abstracting ourselves from demonstrating God, the more we progress in His knowledge. »v
iS. John Chrysostom
ii Ignatius of Antioch, Ad. Eph. 19,1
iii Heraclitus, Frag. 93.
ivCf. Observations de Leibniz sur le livre du Rabbin Moïse Maïmonide intitulé le Guide des Égarés. §C57
v Ibid. §C59