Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics
On the Dynamic Unity of Reality

What is Mysticism?
On the History of Mystical Thought and Quotes from Ancient Mystics

Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Parmenides, Democritus, Lucretius, Plato and Epicurus

The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
(Albert Einstein,The Merging of Spirit and Science)


Introduction to Mysticism
Ancient Eastern & Greek Mystics

Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Thales - All is WaterMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Anaximander - All is One but IndefiniteMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Anaximenes - All is One and AetherMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Heraclitus - All is Becoming, All is Opposite, 'I see nothing but Becoming. Be not deceived!'Buddha: Eastern Mysticism
Lao Tzu: Eastern Mystic, MysticismMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Parmenides - There cannot exist several Existents, for in order to separate them, something would have to exist which was not existing, an assumption which neutralizes itself. Thus there exists only the eternal Unity.Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Democritus - AtomistMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Lucretius - Atomist - The Nature of the UniverseMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Plato - The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Epicurus - When we maintain that pleasure is an end, we do not mean the pleasures of profligates and those that consists in sensuality.. but freedom from pain in the body and from trouble in the mind. For it is not continuous drinkings, nor the satisfaction of lust,.. but sober reasoning, searching out the motives for all choice and avoidance.

Mysticism can be defined as the realisation of the dynamic unity of reality (thus the interconnection of all matter in the universe).

As confirms Friedrich Nietzsche, Aldous Huxley and Fritjof Capra;

Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher: Nietzsche's Postmodern Philosophy solved by Wave Structure of Matter. God is not Dead, God is Space and Motion. Quotations Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, The Greeks.What gave these men the right to be considered philosophers, unlike the other astronomers, geographers and doctors who were active especially in the latter half of the period, was their common assumption that the world possessed some kind of integral unity and determinability which could be understood and explained in rational terms. A more important debt to myth appears in the central presupposition that the world is coherent and intelligible, is somehow a unity in spite of the diversity of its appearance. (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1890)

(Aldous Huxley) 'It is from the more or less obscure (mystical) intuition of the oneness that is the ground and principle of all multiplicity that philosophy takes its source.'It is from the more or less obscure (mystical) intuition of the oneness that is the ground and principle of all multiplicity that philosophy takes its source. And not alone philosophy, but natural science as well. All science, in Meyerson's phrase, is the reduction of multiplicities to identities. Divining the One within and beyond the many, we find an intrinsic plausibility in any explanation of the diverse in terms of a single principle. (Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy)

(Fritjof Capra) 'The Eastern mystics see the universe as an inseparable web, whose interconnections are dynamic and not static. The cosmic web is alive; it moves and grows and changes continually.'The Eastern mystics see the universe as an inseparable web, whose interconnections are dynamic and not static. The cosmic web is alive; it moves and grows and changes continually. Modern physics, too, has come to conceive of the universe as such a web of relations and, like Eastern mysticism, has recognised that this web is intrinsically dynamic. The dynamic aspect of matter arises in quantum theory as a consequence of the wave-nature of subatomic particles, and is even more essential in relativity theory, where the unification of space and time implies that the being of matter cannot be separated from its activity. The properties of subatomic particles can therefore only be understood in a dynamic context; in terms of movement, interaction and transformation. (Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics)

The Metaphysics of Space and Wave Structure of Matter (WSM) is a new scientific paradigm which confirms many intuitive mystical ideas of the Ancient Eastern and Greek Mystics (All is One and interconnected). To express this new metaphysical foundation very simply;
One Substance, Space, exists with Properties of a Wave-Medium. Matter Exists as Spherical Standing Waves in Space.
If such ideas seem a little strange (though interesting) to you, it is recommended that you first read our homepage (which contains a brief summary and links to all other pages on the website); http://www.spaceandmotion.com

I hope for you enjoy the following mysticism quotes and contemplate your amazing connection to the universe!
I have read an interesting book by Ralph Metzner, 'Maps of Consciousness' (1971). He writes on ancient mystical thought and texts, such as the I Ching, Tantra, Tarot, Alchemy and Astrology. I will endeavour to add quotes from his book and also further research Egyptian mysticism, the Greek mystic, Pythagoras and Jesus Christ.

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Karene Howie, Geoff Haselhurst, Email

I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed. (Albert Einstein, 1954)



Mystical Quotes on Mysticism / Mystics

Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Thales - All is WaterMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Anaximander - All is One but IndefiniteMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Anaximenes - All is One and AetherMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Heraclitus - All is Becoming, All is Opposite, 'I see nothing but Becoming. Be not deceived!'Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Parmenides - There cannot exist several Existents, for in order to separate them, something would have to exist which was not existing, an assumption which neutralizes itself. Thus there exists only the eternal Unity.Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Democritus - AtomistMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Lucretius - Atomist - The Nature of the UniverseMysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Socrates - Wars, factions, and fighting, have no other origin than this same body and its lusts.. We must set the soul free from it; we must behold things as they are.Mysticism, Mystical, Mystics: Plato - The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.

Greek philosophy seems to begin with a preposterous fancy, with the proposition that water is the origin and mother-womb of all things. Is it really necessary to stop there and become serious? Yes, and for three reasons: firstly, because the preposition does enunciate something about the origin of things; secondly, because it does so without figure and fable; thirdly and lastly, because it contained, although only in the chrysalis state, the idea :everything is one. ..That which drove him (Thales) to this generalization was a metaphysical dogma, which had its origin in a mystic intuition and which together with the ever renewed endeavors to express it better, we find in all philosophies- the proposition: everything is one! (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Our intellect… grasps this ultimate truth about things slowly, laboriously and piecemeal. It sees but one thing (and one aspect of it) at a time, and so always brings a feeling of incompleteness and limitation. But we have occasional moments of insight when something presented to our imagination will from its own character or from some exalted mood of our own, seem like a perfect and perfectly comprehended universe in miniature. (E.F. Carrit, What is Beauty?)

This is what the great mystics of all times and the greatest artists have experienced. But whilst the latter can only achieve it in their most creative moments, the former, due to their complete inner detachment and their fundamentally changed spiritual outlook, have been able to dwell more or less permanently in this state. For them the impermanent world of ordinary mortals has disappeared, though they may live with them and extend to them their loving kindness, because they have found the central harmony and never can lose the conception of totality in that of the individual. They are the Siddhas who have achieved the magic power that transforms Samsara into Nirvana. They are the saints and sages who attained enlightenment. (Lama Anagarika Govinda, Creative Meditation)

Liberation is not escapism, but consists in the conscious transformation of the elements that constitute our world and our existence. This is the great secret of the Tantras and of the mystics of all times. Among modern mystics nobody has expressed this more beautifully than Rilke, though few may have recognised the profound truth of his words, when he said:
Transiency hurls itself everywhere into a deep state of being. And therefore all forms of this our world are not only to be used in a time-bound (time-limited) sense, but should be included into those phenomena of superior significance in which we partake (or, of which we are part).
However, it is not in the Christian sense, but in the purely earthly, profoundly earthly, joyfully earthly consciousness, that we should introduce what we have seen and touched here, into the widest circumference. Not into a ‘beyond’ whose shadow darkens the earth, but into the whole, into the universe. Nature, the things of our daily contact and use, all these are preliminaries and transciencies: however, they are, as long as we are here, our possession, our friendship, participants of our pain and pleasure, in the same way as they were the trusted friend of our ancestors.
Therefore we should not only refrain from vilifying and deprecating all that which belongs to this our world, but on the contrary, on account of its very preliminary nature which it shares with us, these phenomena and things should be understood and transformed by us in the innermost sense.- Transformed? - Yes, because it is our task to impress upon ourselves this preliminary, transient earth in so deep, so painful, so passionate a manner, that its essential nature is ‘invisibly’ resurrected within us. (Rainer Maria Rilke, Briefe aus Muzot, 1937) (Lama Anagarika Govinda, Creative Meditation)

The idea of the individual being linked to the cosmos is expressed in the Latin root of the word religion, religare (to bind strongly), as well as the Sanskrit yoga, which means union. (Fritjof Capra, Turning Point, 1982)

The most important characteristic of the Eastern world view - one could almost say the essence of it - is the awareness of the unity and mutual interrelation of all things and events, the experience of all phenomena in the world as manifestations of a basic oneness. All things are seen as interdependent and inseparable parts of this cosmic whole; as different manifestations of the same ultimate reality. (Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics)

In Indian philosophy, the main terms used by Hindus and Buddhists have dynamic connotations. The word Brahman is derived from the Sanskrit root brih – to grow- and thus suggests a reality which is dynamic and alive. The Upanishads refer to Brahman as ‘this unformed, immortal, moving’, thus associating it with motion even though it transcends all forms.’ The Rig Veda uses another term to express the dynamic character of the universe, the term Rita. This word comes from the root ri- to move. In its phenomenal aspect, the cosmic One is thus intrinsically dynamic, and the apprehension of its dynamic nature is basic to all schools of Eastern mysticism.
They all emphasize that the universe has to be grasped dynamically, as it moves, vibrates and dances. (Fritjof Capra, 1975)

Let him who seeks, not cease seeking until he finds, and when he finds, he will be troubled, and when he has been troubled, he will marvel ... (The Gospel According to Thomas)

The Creative and the Receptive are the real secret of the Changes. (The I Ching)

He who knows the truth of the body, can them come to know the truth of the universe. (Ratnasara Tantra)

Constantly think of the Universe as one living creature, embracing one being and one soul; how all is absorbed into the one consciousness of this living creature; how it compasses all things with a single purpose, and how all things work together to cause all that comes to pass, and their wonderful web and texture. (Marcus Aurelius, 170 A.D.)

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe ... We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein)

All things come out of the One and the One out of all things. (Heraclitus, 500BC)

Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another. (Leibniz, 1670)

Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many.
.. Brahman is the unborn (aja) in whom all existing things abide. The One manifests as the many, the formless putting on forms. Gaia - One Nature Cosmos
(Rig Veda)

Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray. (Kabir)

The Universe is Brahman, the One that underlies and make possible all the multiplicity; the universal consciousness that is the soul of all existence. It is the primordial no-thingness from which all things arise, the one reality whose oneness is all-inclusive; and includes all that is, or shall be. It is Brahman; the source of the entire cosmos and all cosmic activities relating to the emergence, existence and dissolution of the terrestrial phenomena that form the cosmic rhythm. And this ultimate reality is One- absolute and indeterminable. (Sudhakar S.D. I am All)



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'The ultimate reason of things must lie in a necessary substance, in which the differentiation of the changes only exists eminently as in their source; and this is what we call God. ... God alone is the primary Unity, or original simple substance.' (Gottfried Leibniz, 1670)
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'True religion is that relationship, in accordance with reason and knowledge, which man establishes with the infinite world around him, and which binds his life to that infinity and guides his actions.' (Leo Tolstoy, 1882)
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'The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead'. (Albert Einstein)
Mysticism
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'The word pantheism derives from the Greek words pan (='all') and theos (='God'). Thus pantheism means 'All is God'. In essence, pantheism holds that there is no divinity other than the universe and nature.' (Harrison, 1999)
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In Hinduism, Shiva the Cosmic Dancer, is perhaps the most perfect personification of the dynamic universe. Through his dance, Shiva sustains the manifold phenomena in the world, unifying all things by immersing them in his rhythm and making them participate in the dance. (Capra, 1975)
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'The gift of truth excels all other gifts. ... The world is continuous flux and is impermanent. ... Transient are conditioned things. Try to accomplish your aim with diligence.' (Buddha)
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'To learn and from time to time to apply what one has learned, isn't that a pleasure? ... When anger rises, think of the consequences. ... Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.' (Confucius, Analects)
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'The Tao that can be expressed is not the Eternal Tao. ... There is a thing, formless yet complete. Before heaven and earth it existed. We do not know its name, but we call it Tao. It is the Mystery of Mysteries.' (Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching)
Tao Taoism
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Aphrodite (Roman name: Venus) was the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, and the protector of sailors. The poet Hesiod said that Aphrodite was born from sea-foam which inspired Botticelli's painting of the greek goddess on a scallop shell.
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Who is the bravest hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend. ... Judge not thy neighbor until thou art come into his place. (Jewish Proverbs)
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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
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The word Catholic means 'throughout the whole, universal.' 'The Catholic Church is called Catholic because it is throughout the world, from one end of the earth to the other.' (St Cyril of Jerusalem, 347AD)
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'There is no god but God; Muhammad (Mohammed) is the messenger of God.' 'Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers.' (Final Sermon of Muhammad)
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