A Quote by Adam Zagajewski on mystics, mysticism, intelligence, spirituality, and writing

And now, advice for beginning mystics. Be sober, be intelligent, be educated, rely on the tangible reality as long as you can. Remember that the act of writing is a tiny part of a bigger something. Defend the value of the spiritual experience and if somebody tells you it's an old fashioned notion, laugh loudly and serenely.

Adam Zagajewski

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A Quote by Huston Smith on beautiful lake, mystics, and postcard

Most mystics do not want to read religious wisdom; they want to be it. A postcard of a beautiful lake is not a beautiful lake, and Sufis may be defined as those who dance in the lake.

Huston Smith

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

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A Quote by Anthony De Mello on mystics, religion, spiritualitiy, life, and paradox

You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

Anthony De Mello

Source: Awareness

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A Quote by Matsuo Bashō on saints, sages, and mystics

I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; I seek the things they sought.

Matsuo Bashō

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A Quote by Jed McKenna on enlightenment and mystics

The misconception about enlightenment stems from, or is at least compounded by, the fact that most of the world's recognized experts on the subject of enlightenment are not enlightened.  Some are great mystics, some are great scholars, some are both, and most are neither, but exceedingly few are awake.

Jed McKenna

Source: Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, Pages: 39

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on mysticism, physics, physicists, and mystics

Notice [in Quantum Questions] I was not saying that modern physics itself supports or proves a mystical worldview.  I was saying the physicists themselves were mystics, and not that their discipline was a mystical or somehow spiritual endeavor resulting in a religious worldview.  In other words, I disagreed entirely with books such as The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, which claimed that modern physics supported or even proved Eastern mysticism.  This is a colossal error.  Physics is a limited, finite, relative, and partial endeavor, dealing with a very limited aspect of reality.  It does not, for example, deal with biological, psychological, economic, literary, or historical truths; whereas mysticism deals with all of that, which the Whole.  To say physics proves mysticism is like saying the tale proves the dog.

Ken Wilber

Source: Grace and Grit : Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on scientists, mystics, cranks, charlatans, and higher dimensions

Scientists willing to risk their reputations on higher dimensions soon found themselves ridiculed by the scientific community. Higher-dimensional space became the last refuge for mystics, cranks, and charlatans.

Michio Kaku

Source: Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion, Pages: 23

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on buddha, jesus, mystics, and ancient wisdom

The great and rare mystics of the past (from Buddha to Christ, from al-Hallaj to Lady Tsogyal, from Hui-neng to Hildegard) were, in fact, ahead of their time, and are still ahead of ours. In other words, they are not figures of the past. They are figures of the future.

Ken Wilber

Source: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality : The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition, Pages: 253

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