This term has multiple meanings.
1) Exoterically, this is a conventional locution for either the Garden of Eden or of the heavenly afterlife.
2) It is also a metonym [an attribute of something used to stand in for the thing itself] for the mystical experience
3) The consonants, PRDS] can be read as an acronym for four methods of Scriptural interpretation: Pashat (authoritative), Remez (allegorical or philosophic), Drash (homiletical or midrashic), and Sod (esoteric or mystical). It also carries the connotation of sacred study en toto.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Matthew Ash McKernan, author of the new Wyrdcraft.
The weird, wild, and wonderful English psych-rock band Hawkwind said it well in their song, "We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago." What this "wrong...