alchemy of comedy

Did you ever realize that Dante’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy develops a true, gnostic way into sanctification? The description Dante gives of hell, purgatory, and paradise is not just a fantastic, poetic dream but the living embodiment of the entire path of transfiguration. In the inferno Dante describes the hell of sublunary life and its consequences. In the purgatorio, the mount of purification, he depicts the manner in which the Spirit-nucleus can be freed, as a basis for the new life, through self-mortification. And in his paradise, Dante shows us the Kingdom of God.