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A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 232,954 / 710 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: BV
Downloads: 3,674
Added to site: 2010.05.23 27873
Genre: Religion

One of the fundamental works on Mysticism.

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cal and still largely mysterious experiences of visions and voices, contemplation and ecstasy--though viewed from the standpoint of psychology, is illustrated from the lives of the mystics; and where possible in their own words. In planning these chapters I have been considerably helped by M. Delacroix's brilliant "Etudes sur le Mysticisme," though unable to accept his conclusions: and here gladly take the opportunity of acknowledging my debt to him and also to Baron von Hügel's classic "Mystical Element of Religion." This book, which only came into my hands when my own was planned and partly written, has since been a constant source of stimulus and encouragement.

Finally, it is perhaps well to say something as to the exact sense in which the term "mysticism" is here understood. One of the most abused words in the English language, it has been used in different and often mutually exclusive senses by religion, poetry, and philosophy: has been claimed as an excuse for every kind of occultism, for di



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