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Mysticism in the World's Religions - Geoffrey Parrinder

Mysticism in the World's Religions


Published: 27th July 1995
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There is a growing awareness of mysticism among people whose interest in world religions spills over into curiosity about the mysterious and esoteric. 'That mystical claims are made in many religions', writes Professor Parrinder, 'is taken both as proof of the universality of the inner life of the soul and as the real link between religions which may be divided by dogma but are really united in their quest for the universal One'.
This wide-ranging book aims to provide clues to the diverse forms and expressions of mysticism, by considering some of the major religious traditions of both East and West. It explores two principal areas: monistic mysticism (seeking self-identity or union with the All) and theistic mysticism (seeking communion, but not identity, with God). The search for the mystical through drugs, sex and visions is also discussed, as is the relationship of the expert to the ordinary seeker.

Introductionp. 3
Mystery and Unionp. 7
Natural Pantheismp. 19
Indian Philosophical Monismp. 30
Integration and Isolation: Yoga and Jainp. 43
Buddha and Nirvanap. 54
Tao and Shintop. 66
Asian and African Ecstaticsp. 77
Indian Monotheismp. 89
Bible and Cabbalahp. 111
Muhammad and the Sufisp. 121
Christian Diversityp. 141
Visions, Raptures and Sexp. 165
Drugs and the Occultp. 175
Mysticism and Religious Experiencep. 185
Select Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9781851681013
ISBN-10: 1851681019
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 27th July 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition