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Ancient Mysticism : Greek and Christian Mysticism, and some comparisons with Buddhism
(1978)
  • Raoul Mortley, Bond University
Abstract

[Extract] ... And so Pascal recorded his particular mystical experience bearing the record of it close to his heart, deliberately sewn into his clothing. A fiery vision of God, with a unique and centralised focus on God alone; this was an experience to which Pascal alone of all the world was privy. These are the typical themes of mystical experience, which bring great peace of mind to those who experience them. A transcendent experience, going beyond language and reason, and beyond the boundaries of normal experience, which gives the individual a sense of unification with a higher reality, and complete certainty. Most world religions have had their mystics, and it is in their mysticism that they most resemble each other, since mystical experiences go beyond the constraints of language, doctrine, and ritual, and function in an area of the human mind untouched by cultural differences.

Keywords
  • God,
  • mystics,
  • mystical experience,
  • transcendent experience,
  • higher reality,
  • divine,
  • vision,
  • Blaise Pascal,
  • Kabbalah,
  • Kabbalists,
  • Therapeutai,
  • Neoplatonism,
  • reason,
  • Christian,
  • Graeco-Christian mysticism,
  • Manichaeism,
  • Gautama,
  • Buddhist,
  • Buddhism,
  • meditation
Publication Date
January 1, 1978
Citation Information
Raoul Mortley. "Ancient Mysticism : Greek and Christian Mysticism, and some comparisons with Buddhism" (1978)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/raoul_mortley/16/