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Mysticism Intro

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Do you know what mysticism is? Didn’t think so. Most people who I ask don’t know what it is. I didn’t know either until recently.

Wikipedia says that mysticism is “the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the Other, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.”

I think I can shorten that to read “the pursuit of achieving awareness of spiritual truth though direct experience.”

It is the “direct experience” aspect that is critical. I’m sure you’ll agree that knowing the truth about something through direct experience is more effective than knowing the truth by trying to figure it out intellectually, or simply by being told by someone else that something is true.

Yet most religious people accept the “truths” of their religion simply because they are told by others that the “truths” are true, or because it is part of their culture, and they go through intellectual irrationalization necessary to convince themselves of the “truths” as I have mentioned before. Insanity.

Down with Intellect!

Down with Blind Acceptance!

Long live Direct Experience!

Of course, intellect and trusting what other people say are both important, but only “work” for some sorts of things. I read somewhere that Buddha warned against intellectualizing about things that can’t be figured out that way. Wise words, in my opinion.