The western world has given to these experiences the term "cosmic consciousness," which term is self explanatory.
The Orientals have long known of this goal of the soul, and they have terms to express this, varying with the many types of the Oriental mind, but all meaning the same thing. This meaning, from our Occidental viewpoint, is best translated in the term liberation, signifying to be set free from the limitations of sense, and of self-consciousness, and to have glimpsed the larger area of consciousness, that takes in the very cosmos.
This experience is accompanied by a great light, whether this light is manifested as spiritual, or as intellectual power, determines its expression.
The object of this book is to call attention to some of the more pronounced instances of this Illumination, and to classify them, according as they have been expressed through reli