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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Encyclopaedia of Mysticism by Dr Rana Purushottam Kumar Singh

Mysticism is used to refer the beliefs and practices which go beyond the liturgical and devotional forms of worship of mainstream faith. Mysticism may make use of canonical and no-canonical religious texts, and will generally interpret them hermeneutically, developing a philosophical perspective distinct from conventional religious interpretations. Many forms of mysticism in the modern world will adapt or adopt texts from entirely different faiths-Vivekananda in Vedante, for instance, is noted for his assertions that all religions are one. As a rule, mysticisms are less concerned with religious differences and more concerned with social or individual development.

Mysticism is defined in this book and many important topics related to mysticism have been covered here. The Characteristic of Mysticism, Mysticism and Theology, Mysticism and Psychology, Mysticism and Symbolism, Mysticism and Magic, Mysticism and Vitalism, The Mystic Way, Hindu Mysticism, The Mysticism of the Upanishads, The Mysticism of Yoga, Buddhist Mysticism, Devotional Mysticism and their Classical Forms, Mysticism in Sufism, Mysticism in Christianity and Jain Mysticism are the chapters which have been covered in this book.  

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