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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quotes on mysticism

Mysticism is the pursuit of communion (or Yog) with, identification with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate Reality, Divinity, spiritual Truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. When the seeker realizes the union with the Supreme Truth, he or she becomes a mystic - full of divine peace and spiritual blissfulness. Mysticism is the path only for those seekers who have the boldness, strength and intelligence to look beyond the rigid constraints of traditional religious institutions. 

Recently, I came across a few interested quotes about mysticism which I want to quote here.

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. ~ Albert Einstein

I said before, the most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mysticality is the power of all true science. ~ Albert Einstein

When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist. ~ Albert Hofmann

Mystics, contrary to religionists, are always saying that reality is not two things — God and the world — but one thing, consciousness. ~ Amit Goswami

Mysticism witnesses nothing but love; mysticism is nothing but love. … Art shows how it loves, philosophy what it loves; mysticism knows only that it loves. ~Constantin Brunner

The mystic and the physicist arrive at the same conclusion; one starting from the inner realm, the other from the outer world. The harmony between their views confirms the ancient Indian wisdom that Brahman, the ultimate reality without, is identical to Atman, the reality within ~Fritjof Capra

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.~ G. K. Chesterton

There has always been a dance element in my mysticism.~ Alan Moore,

What is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not merely a hard word for "The Kingdom of Heaven is within"? Heaven is neither a place nor a time. There might be a Heaven not only here but now... ~Florence Nightingale

A mystical experience is an intuitive understanding and realization of the meaning of existence – an intuitive understanding and realization which is intense, integrating, self-authenticating and liberating - Larson

The diagram above by a famous philosopher Constantin Brunner tries to describe the abstract meaning of mysticism. 

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