Free Will in a Spiritual School

“No teacher of the spiritual life wishes to establish a mastery over other persons … He would not tamper with anyone’s independence. Indeed, none respect and cherish human independence mote than the spiritually experienced. … Whenever the initiate leaves his enclosed spiritual sphere and steps forth before the world, he must immediately take a third…

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Truth in Mysticism

“In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of…

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Solar Myths and Cultures

“No more remarkable is the discovery of a like resemblance between the Oriental myths and ancient Russian tales and traditions. … But when we discover an almost perfect identity between … popular Russian tales, and similar characters in the Mexican legends—extending to the minutest details—we may well pause and ask ourselves whether there be not…

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Mystics, Mysticism and Reality

“Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in a greater or lesser degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.” “It is not expected that the inquirer will find great comfort in this sentence when first it meets his eye. The ultimate…

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