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  • Upside down (2017)

    An “upside” of this life might be a “downside” for mysticism. Some ideals that many people were taught are to be independent, to gain self-confidence and be self-sufficient. Yet, the very independence of our individuality, augmented with assuredness and autonomy, can minimize our interdependence on one...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • Love and knowledge (2017)

    Seekers of spiritual knowledge might ask, “What’s love got to do with it?” Devotees of devotion reply, “Divine love is everything.” In mystical “marriage,” divine union, you can’t have one without the other. Divine Love and divine Truth are One in divine Reality. In Sufism of Islam, knowledge is the...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • Feel good - do good (2017)

    When we feel good—healthy, happy, successful—we are then more likely to do good for other people. Similarly, when we do good for others it frequently makes us feel good. That should not be the primary reason for helping, even if it often is an aftereffect. Both psychotherapists and religions agree that...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • Discard, abandon and realize (2017)

    Few words are totally adequate when writing about mysticism. These essays say that you must discard your ego and abandon your individuality to realize the divine. What does that mean and is it possible? There may be better verbs, but let us just examine these three. The ego became your personal identity...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • The Buddha's Gift: A life of Well Being and Wisdom (2017)

    The Introduction to my book- Introduction “Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.” Wei Wu Wei The Buddha taught: ‘Wherever there is something that is intended, something that is acted upon or something that lies...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • Duel of the dual (2017)

    Many contemporary mystics are laypeople who seldom speak about religion, although most are quite religious. Mystical consciousness, for them, is considered a mode of being, not a question of their faith. These people are not trying to convince you or asking you to agree with what they say. They are merely...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • The Design of the University: German, American, and 'World Class' (2017)

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    (My publication) Posted by: hmeyer@albany.edu
  • Some differences (2017)

    Mystics’ experiences may be quite similar, still their techniques and interpretations varied. Reading about mysticism in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, the Kabbalah of Judaism, and Sufism of Islam you will find many differences. In this life, people differ. Schools of mysticism in each religion recognized...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • The big picture (2017)

    We often bring our own baggage to this life’s experiences and are so concerned with how we appear that we cannot clearly observe what is directly in front of us, nor what is happening all around us. Some call this tunnel vision; mystics call it spiritual ignorance. When you gaze at life with dark glasses...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
  • 120 Quotations of Mystics (2017)

    These are 120 quotations of some prominent mystics, including 24 each of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. They highlight common views, although their terminology may differ. Orthodox Spirituality , by a Monk of the Eastern Church [Father Lev Gillet] (published by St. Vladimir Seminary...
    (My publication) Posted by: Ron Krumpos
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