Cosmic Man

Cosmic Man

In Jungian theory, the Cosmic Man is an archetypical figure that appears in creation myths of a wide variety of mythology. Generally he is described as helpful or positive, and is also frequently the physical basis of the world, such that after death parts of his body became physical parts of the universe. He also represents the oneness of human existence, or the universe.

For example, in Chinese legend, Pangu is thought to have given the natural features of the Earth their form, and when he died his body became the Sacred Mountains of China. The Persian equivalent, Gayomart, released semen when he died, out of which came the first human couple.

In some Jewish legends, Adam was created from dust from the four corners of the Earth, and, when bent down, his head was the East and his feet the West. In another legend, he contained the soul of everybody who would ever be born. In the teachings of Kabbalah, such a primordial man is referred to as Adam Kadmon. In Indian mythology, Purusha is a similar figure, who is considered the part of the individual which is immortal.

In many myths, the Cosmic Man is not just the beginning but also the final goal of life or creation. This is not necessarily a physical event, but may refer to the identification of the conscious ego with the self.

In the religious sciences of Islam, a more detailed explanation is furnished. The Cosmic Man originally refers to Adam, the original and the first perfect man (Perfect Man). According to the sciences, Adam was a Cosmic Being because, aside from an all-embracing power over the entire Cosmos, Adam also enjoyed the most privileged spiritual, imaginal and physical state(s) determined for a human being.

In the more modern interpretations, Cosmic Man is seen as an awaited Leader who is to appear at "the end of time" to establish a Golden Age or the Cosmic age of earth. This awaited leaders light, or more properly, the light of all such Cosmic men, being none other than the original Light of Prophet Muhammad.


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