Religious experience and mysticism: otherness as experience of transcendence
Drawing from Sacred Scriptures, World Religions, literature, philosophy and psychology, this monograph explores them as universal sources of Religious Experience and Mysticism. It systematically establishes the similarities and differences between them as well as their distinctions from aesthetic experiences and mystical thought. Examples from religious experience show that it is perceived in space-time categories while mystical experience transcends all these experiencing union. It is this characteristic of mysticism which unifies World Mysticism regardless of the religious, cultural, or philosophical background. This book is divided into three major parts: Part I focuses on "Religious Experience"; Part II on Mysticism; and Part III integrates the results within the larger scope of the awareness of the diversity of Transcendance. The introduction and conclusion structure both the inquiry and results.
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THE HEBREW EXPERIENCE
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absolute aesthetic agnosticism Apuleius atheism Atman Buddha Buddha's experience Buddhism Christian claim concept Confucius consciousness cosmos creates creative cultural death deity Divine Reality doctrine drug element ethical exist experience of nothingness experience of Transcendence experience of union experienced expression feeling Freud Gita gods grace Hesiod Hindu Holy human experience idea immanent individual ineffable insight interpretation Islam knowledge language Lucretius man's manifestations mathematical meaning meditation mental metaphysical midst mind monism monistic monotheism mystery mystical experience mystical thought myth nature Neoplatonic Nirvana numinous objective ontological original Otto pantheism paradoxical Parmenides perceived perception personalistic phenomenological phenomenon philosophical Plotinus poetic polytheism problem projection psychedelic Psychedelic Experience psychological pure self-consciousness rational reincarnation religion religious experience revelation ritual sage Samkhya sense simply Socrates soul space spiritual Teilhard term theistic theological things Thoreau Thou tradition Transcendent cosmic awareness ultimately universal mysticism Upanishadic Upanishadic experience valid vision Yahweh