Cosmic Consciousness - A Study in the Evolution of the Human by Richard Maurice Bucke

By Richard Maurice Bucke

First released in 1901, this paintings is an research of the improvement of man's mystic relation to the endless. In reviewing the psychological and religious task of the human race, Dr Bucke postulates that at periods, yes contributors have seemed who're talented with the powers of transcendent awareness, or illumination. He proposes that those stories are at the raise and offers information of the entire circumstances on list on the time of writing.

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3 The Upanishads seek for a single principle as the changeless ground of the universe. Sometimes this is the soul or self (atman), both pa'rticular and universal. When the sage Yijiia-valkya was leaving his wife to go forth to the forest-dwelling stage of life he offered her a settlement. She asked whether this would make her immortal and if not what could achieve that. He replied that only 'love of the soul' could make anything dear, enumerating husband, wife, sons and all possessions. 4 Another term used in the Upanishads is Brahman, which at first meant power and developed into sacred power, universal spirit, world-ground, the All, cosmic Being.

Some lived by themselves not far from towns and others formed communities. Some wandered from village to village teaching their doctrines and maintaining them in argument, while others established schools 31 MYSTICISM IN THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS where teacher and pupil engaged in dialogue in a true Upanishad, which means literally 'to sit-down-near' a teacher. Such teachers were the experts in philosophical teaching or ascetic and mystical experience, but in the normal life of the ordinary Hindu there was an ascetic stage.

Samkhya 'enumeration' (or 'calculation' or 'distinctionism') distinguishes the basic principles of Nature and Spirit. 12. 8-15. 14. universe from itself, which after the cycle of ages is dissolved and reabsorbed into Nature. This might seem to be like a nature mysticism of identification with nature or the one. But this would ignore the essential, though isolated, place of Spirit in the Simkhya system. For Spirit (Purusha), or rather countless spirits, forms a collection of individual monads, or eternal beings, which have no communication with each other.

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