Mysticism in World Religions
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    Every religion is made up of two wings, the orthodoxy and mysticism.
    The word orthodox from the Greek means “having the right opinion” from orthos = right, true or staight, and doxa =opinion, praise, related to dokein which means thinking. Accordingly the word orthodoxy typically means adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
     
    The word mysticism (from the Greek mystikos, an initiate of a mystry religion). This initiate is in the pursuit of communion with, identity with or conscious awareness of an ultimate Reality, Divinity, Spiritual Truth or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight. Mysticism usually centers on a practice or practices intended to nurture that experience or awareness.
     
    Mystic traditions generally form sub-currents within larger religious traditions - such as Kabbalah within Judaism , Sufism, within Islam, Vedanta within Hinduism, Christian mysticism within Christianity, Zen (Ch’an) within mainstream Buddhism and Taoism.
     
    The term '"mysticism'" is used to refer to beliefs and practices which go beyond the liturgical and devotional forms of worship of mainstream faith, often by seeking out inner or esoteric meanings of conventional religious doctrine. For example, Kabbalah (based in Judaism) seeks out deeper interpretations of the Torah, Sufism (in Islam) extends and amplifies the teachings of the Quran in the spirit of universal love, Vedanta reaches for the inner teachings of Hindu philosophy encapsulated in the Vedas. Mystics hold that there is a deeper or more fundamental state of existence beneath the observable, day-to day world of phenomena, and that in fact the ordinary world is superficial or epiphenomenal.
    This group, is for the mystics from every religion in order to reach this One and Universal fundamental state of existence in All the religions of the World.

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    Noorakh
    September 10, 2011
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    Hi Jeff. I have been fascinated with the parallels between the teachings of Jesus and Hinduism/Buddhism for a long time. Your book is quite fascinating and I highly reccomend it to anyone reading this blog. Your website is reccomended as well.

    Neomonist
    July 15, 2011
    8:19 PM
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    Do we all have the same truth, or does everyone have their own truth?

    Serenity1552
    July 15, 2011
    7:35 PM
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    I am reminded of an old saying, "the paths are many, but the truth is One.

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    June 11, 2011
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