An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery Religions

By John Ferguson

Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries resembling William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the function performed by means of medicines, yoga, tune and the dance, this Encyclopaedia offers crucial details at the manifold elements of mysticism and should function a entire and useful paintings of reference for a few years to come back. comprises 2 hundred illustrations.

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Cosmic attention word utilized by a few philosophers to explain mystical adventure with out committing themselves to any specific non secular interpretation. Crashaw, Richard (c. 1612–49) English mystical poet, nurtured at the track OF SONGS and TERESA DE JESUS, to whom he wrote a amazing ‘Hymn’. From his blend of highbrow conceits with emotional fervour, and the strain inside of him among the sensual and Puritanical, comes verse of passionate strength. Criobolium Baptism in ram’s blood, resulting in religious rebirth, linked to the mysteries of CYBELE and Attis, a lesser model of the TAUROBOLIUM.

He has held that commercial society demands a harsh, alienated song. His mastery of acoustics has given energy to his ‘organized sound’ and keep an eye on to his inventiveness, which has been inspired via digital track, and by means of his mixture of western and jap expression. He claims that his message reaches the listener unadulterated by means of interpretation. His Arcana (1927) was once encouraged via PARACELSUS, and used to be an try to discover the arcane essence of the humanities. Vaudois See WALDENSES Vaughan, Henry (1622–95) Welsh health care provider and poet, nicknamed the Silurist.

The loss of life used to be the demise of his personal will. Wordsworth, William (1770–1850) Born in Cumberland; a sympathizer with the French Revolution; buddy of Coleridge, with whom he collaborated within the Lyrical Ballads; a type of who led others to proportion within the attractiveness and majesty of the English Lake District; poet laureate from 1843; either the best and worst of English poets; and an earthly or typical mystic. In early days he used to be anything of a pantheist; later he got here to a extra orthodox Christianity.

The last word is ineffable. ‘There is none different God yet He that none may possibly comprehend, that could now not be identified. No, soothly, no! with no fail, No …He basically is my God that none can one observe of say, nor all they of Paradise one in simple terms element reach nor comprehend, for all of the realizing that they've of Him. ’ purposes have lately been chanced on for attributing the booklet to a BÉGUINE named Marguérite Porete, who was once burned for heresy in 1310. Mithraism within the Zoroastrian faith of Persia existence is a conflict among the forces of sunshine, headed by way of the nice god of sunshine, Ahura-Mazda or Ormuzd; and the forces of darkness, headed via Angra-Mainyu or Ahriman.

In lots of gnostic theosophies human perfection is imagined as an unbroken cohesion. Aristophanes in PLATO’S The dinner party supplies an exciting photograph of an initially round humanity, sexually divided, every one part looking for its mate. The Brihadaranyaka UPANISHAD (1, four) has the same proposal. Christian GNOSTICISM is stuffed with words suggesting reunited humanity may locate omnipotence, everlasting existence, the dominion. therefore within the Gospel in keeping with Thomas Jesus says, ‘When you are making the 2 turn into one, you are going to develop into the Son of guy, and for those who say, “Mountain, eliminate yourself”, it is going to eliminate itself.

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