mysticism

Definitions

  • Mystical figure
    Mystical figure
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mysticism obscure or irrational thought
    • n mysticism a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

NIGHT PARADE OF THE MYSTIC CREW—MARDI-GRAS FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS NIGHT PARADE OF THE MYSTIC CREW—MARDI-GRAS FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mysticism Obscurity of doctrine.
    • Mysticism (Eccl. Hist) The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained.
    • Mysticism (Philos) The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mysticism The character of being mystic or mystical; mysticalness.
    • n mysticism Any mode of thought, or phase of intellectual or reli'gious life, in which reliance is placed upon a spiritual illumination believed to transcend the ordinary powers of the understanding.
    • n mysticism Specifically, a form of religious belief which is founded upon spiritual experience, not discriminated or tested and systematized in thought. Mysticism and rationalism represent opposite poles of theology, rationalism regarding the reason as the highest faculty of man and the sole arbiter in all matters of religious doctrine; mysticism, on the other hand, declaring that spiritual truth cannot be apprehended by the logical faculty, nor adequately expressed in terms of the understanding.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mysticism the doctrine of the mystics, a tendency of religious feeling marked by an effort to attain to direct and immediate communion with God: obscurity of doctrine
    • ***

Quotations

  • Werner Erhard
    Werner Erhard
    “This is it. There are no hidden meanings. All that mystical stuff is just what's so.”
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    Ryszard%20Kapuscinski
    “We follow the mystics. They know where they are going. They, too, go astray, but when they go astray they do so in a way that is mystical, dark, and mysterious.”
  • Milan Kundera
    Milan%20Kundera
    “Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.”
  • Louis Claude de St. Martin
    Louis Claude de St. Martin
    “All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    Malcolm%20Muggeridge
    “Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. mysticisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mysticus—Gr. mystikos. Cf. Mystery, a secret doctrine.

Usage

In literature:

Both extremes are richly represented in the literature of mysticism.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Amongst the most primitive savages known to us, men are united to their totems, as Frazer admits, by 'certain intimate and mystic ties'.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
Wagner views him always as the mystic, the seer, at odds with the world.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
I think that Le Bon is in danger of making The Crowd a mystical, superhuman entity.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
In the Yoga philosophy these ideas appear in a refined form and offer many parallels to European mysticism.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
He became the favored disciple of a priest who taught him the mystic doctrines of the Yoga.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
There were fear, anxiety, and mystical foreboding in Dorothy's heart for a different reason.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Mystics of all ages have seen the truth from far.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The other great mystics cared less for literature, either as a study or an accomplishment.
"Modern Spanish Lyrics" by Various
Count Guido, that mystical, fierce soul from Urbino, seeing danger everywhere, called the whole city to the army.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
***

In poetry:

He wrought with patience, and at length, amazed,
Beheld the mystic form all perfect stand,
Released in beauty by his artist hand,
He scarce knew how, and wonder'd as he gazed.
"The Sculptor" by Walter Richard Cassels
Until he espied, brightly burning,
The mystical lamp in its place!
He plucked the hot wick out, and, turning,
With triumph and joy in his face,
Set out his long way to retrace.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
The trumpets were calling and I was a man,
And had faced the stern world and grown strong;
And the trumpets mere calling far off, and I ran
Toward the blare of their mystical song.
"The Trumpets" by Sam Walter Foss
Or he who, in despair, once thought to fight
The Voice that answered from the whirlwind's might;
Did he too touch him from the mystic east,
And set his spirit yearning for the light?
"Omar Khayyam" by Alexander Anderson
Those gloomy chords at last,
Roll wave-like through the caverns of the mind,
And mystically wind
Their way
Into dark thoughts, that rise in drear array—
The ghost-dreams of the past.
"On A Movement Of Beethoven’s" by George MacDonald
Something of you already is ours;
Some mystic part of you belongs
To us whose dreams your future throngs,
Who look on hills, and trees, and flowers,
Which will mean so much in your songs.
"Future Poetry" by Alice Meynell

In news:

The Flood Tide Restaurant in Mystic.
The Flood Tide Restaurant in Mystic Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
The Mystics won their final game before the Olympic break, a decisive 70-53 victory over the New York Liberty.
Coach Trudi Lacey and several Mystics players commented that this win was the signal that things would start to turn around in the second half of the season.
On a chilly February 14, 1862, Valentine's Day, at the Mystic, Connecticut, shipyard of Maxson, Fish & Co.
For timeliness combined with venerability, few anniversaries in the new year can top the 900th birthday of the German nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen.
Bishop, Sir Richard Mystic Minor Improvika.
Washington Mystics vs New York Liberty (subject to blackout) ESPN3.
Read Excerpts from ' Incarnation : The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet'.
In a strange alternate universe where mountain bikers and Eastern mystics could find love and meth heads and tennis pros could get along, Russell Brand and Katy Perry would still be happily married.
In the second volume of his series on Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI shows himself a master theologian, pastor and mystic.
Benedict highlighted the life of the 15th century mystic in his weekly general audience.
A mystical Wisconsin creature is making his way onto the small screen.
Illusionist Paul Draper studied with psychics and shamans to develop his understanding of the mystic arts.
Whether you're there to soak up the overpowering beauty of the mountains, brave a run-in with the wildlife or make a date with the mystical, there is no better place to have an Ozark adventure than in Eureka Springs.
***

In science:

Wheeler : “Mystic and murky is the measure many make of the meaning of Mach”.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Natural scientists have long held a fascination, sometimes bordering on mystical obsession for helical structures in nature.
Position vectors of a spacelike general helices in Minkowski Space $\e_1^3$
Emergence is often invoked in an almost mystical sense regarding the capabilities of behavior-based systems.
Definability in the Real Universe
This gives the story a chilling air of mysticism.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
There is no mystical arena, unobservable to mortals, which evolves according to a unitary dynamics, and in which matters of fact about the values of observables pop up at random.
Interpreting Bananaworld: A response to Bub's Quantum Mechanics for Primates
***