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Pure consciousness events and mysticism

  • Robert K. C. Forman


Vested Interest Mystical Experience Transcendental Meditation Pure Consciousness Incontrovertible Evidence 
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    For this phraseology. I am indebted to Steven Bernhardt's paper, delivered at the above-named panel, “Is Pure Consciousness Unmediated?”Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert K. C. Forman
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  1. 1.Department of ReligionColumbia UniversityU.S.A.

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