“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.” ―
SUMMARY: Mystics naturally speak of the experience that distinguishes them from other folks using words and terms derived from their individual cultures. Hence, they typically speak of having experienced “god”, but upon examination, their notions of god often tend to have more in common with other mystics than they do with common cultural notions of god. Central to virtually all theistic mysticism is the notion that god — or ultimate reality — is an all-encompassing oneness or One, despite any appearances to the contrary.
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I first became interested in mysticism about 40 years ago. I was a sophomore at university and seriously concerned with finding an objective basis for values.
At the time, I believed — like many people still do — that unless an objective basis for values could be found, “anything was permissible”. No evil, however great, could be objectively opposed. And that frightened me.
Unfortunately, the more I learned, the less there seemed to be any possibility of an objective basis. But then I came across the writings of various mystics.