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Multidimensional Mysticism

  • Shivjot Gill
  • John Clammer
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Abstract

The subject of mysticism has reentered contemporary discourse through a number of channels—comparative religion, new spiritualities, the re-discovery of the Sufi poet Rumi, concern with ecology, and other means. This essay examines this phenomenon, and in particular explores the ways that, perhaps unexpectedly because mysticism is usually thought of as an essential religious experience, it is in fact related to politics, art, the philosophy of pragmatism, social activism, and sport. The essay argues that this is possible not only because the content of reported mystical experiences—many of which prove to be highly practical in nature—but also because mysticism can be thought of as a kind of “spiritual methodology” that seeks to access and uncover the deeper grammar of Being. Seen as such, it has applications far beyond the conventional “religious”. By examining sport as an example of an area where mystical or mystical-like experiences are often reported, the essay argues that mystical states are far from rare, and that the levels of consciousness that they reveal provide remarkable tools, transcending conventional politics, for the re-modeling of our world.

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  • Shivjot Gill
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  • John Clammer
    • 1
  1. 1.O. P. Jindal Global UniversitySonipatIndia

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