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The Visions of Grigor Narekac‘i

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Grigor Narekac'i develops and often consummates the mystic views of his great predecessors, concerning the poet and poetry, the spiritual arts and the spiritual life. The inner spiritual experience of Grigor Narekac'i as a mystic poet contains many secrets that have remained concealed, invisible under their lexical surface. The poet reveals mystical depths of creation, which lead him to emotional ecstasy, to spiritual trance and vision; it leads him to those "immeasurable depths", which are accessible only "beyond the grasp of the quickest mind". The medieval and modern interpreters of the poem have paid special attention to lines, thinking that the author speaks of his visible, direct communication with God, referring to oral and literal tradition about the vision of Grigor Narekac'i. Narekac"i's poem, as a fact of life and art, is based for its author primarily on his own mystical experience and possesses a visionary principle of brilliant inspiration.

Keywords: Grigor Narekac'i; inner spiritual experience; medieval interpreter; spiritual art



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