What is mysticism?

  • (noun): A religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality.
    Synonyms: religious mysticism
    See also — Additional definitions below


Mysticism ( pronunciation; from the Greek μυστικός, mystikos, meaning 'an initiate') is the knowledge of, and especially the personal experience of, states of consciousness, or levels of being, or aspects of reality, beyond normal human perception, sometimes including experience of and communion with a supreme being.

Read more about Mysticism.

Some articles on mysticism:

Sudhir Kakar - Psychoanalysis and Mysticism
... A portion of Sudhir Kakar's work involves the relationship between psychoanalysis and mysticism ... also disputes the Kakar's theoretical understanding of mysticism from a psychoanalytic standpoint, and writes that it is "highly questionable whether spiritual aspirations, practices, and experiences ...
... Part of a series on Christian mysticism Main articles Mysticism Christian mysticism Catholic spirituality Theology philosophy Ascetical theology Mystical theology ...
Menara-e-Noor - Bibliography
1976 sufi poetry Menāra-e-Noor مینارہِ نور The Minaret of Light 1980 mysticism, spiritualism Roshnās روشناس The Induction 1982 mysticism, spiritualism ...

More definitions of "mysticism":

  • (noun): Obscure or irrational thought.

Famous quotes containing the word mysticism:

    What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928)