Welcome To THE MYSTIC'S VISION!
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Here on this website you will find a number of non-sectarian books and articles that are concerned not with religious or philosophical doctrines, but with direct personal mystical experience inspired by God's Grace; and everything may be read or downloaded free. Here you will learn of The Great Mystical Tradition and the brilliant mystics who have comprised its ranks from ancient times to the present. Here you can share in the divine revelations of Heraclitus, Hermes, Plotinus, Jesus, Shankara, Ibn Arabi and other spiritual geniuses of our modern times.
The writings appearing on this website, “The Mystic’s Vision,” are based on my own mystical experience and are dedicated to the praise and glorification of God. As one who has experienced 'The Mystic's Vision,' I am here to remind all of you of the One in whom you live, whose expression you are, whose life you live and whose breath you breathe. He is the Lord and Father of the universe; He is your divine Source and Benefactor, the life of your life, the very fabric of your being. My message to you is: He is your sole treasure. Search for Him in your heart and He will reveal Himself to you as your one and only true Self.
Jesus famously experienced the Grace of God on the banks of the Jordan river during a baptism by a holy man named John, and when he told others of the experience, few believed him. Now, twenty centuries later, this ‘mystical’ experience continues to happen periodically to devout young men, and yet the recipients of this divine Grace are still not believed, and they are still rejected as superstitious fanatics and ignored by their peers. It’s time to wake up, my friends. Mystical experience, the revelation of God,
is a real thing. It doesn't happen every day. Nor does it happen to everyone. But it does happen.
Mystical experience, or “the mystic’s vision,” occurs as one’s individual consciousness is uplifted by Grace to union with the eternal Source of all consciousness and all being. That vision has been referred to as “enlightenment,” “the vision of God,” “Self-realization,” “the mystic marriage,” or “union with God;” but no matter what it is called, this unitive mystical experience is one and the same for all regardless of religious affiliation.
The representatives of various organized religions would have you believe that one or another historical person is to be worshiped as the divine manifestation of God, but the mystic's vision reveals that God is truly manifested in everyone and may be found in the hearts of all God's children. The vision of the mystic challenges the way in which we ordinarily see the world, for in that vision all is seen as divine; all is seen to be the one eternal Consciousness appearing as the various objects of the world. One who has experienced that vision and has known his or her transcendent Identity as the one all-pervading Spirit is said to be a mystic. He or she is thereby enlightened, knowing with certainty that he/she is a wave on the ocean of God, immersed in God, united with God, and made entirely of God.
Mystical experience reveals the truth of our divine nature as Spirit. The mystical vision opens a window into the true nature of existence, and therefore the mystical perspective must be a significant determinant in framing any modern theory concerning the nature of reality. However, traditionalists, deeply rooted in physical materialism, stand resolutely against this mystical or spiritual perspective, and continue to overwhelmingly dominate the public’s perception of reality. The reformation of the public’s perspective will no doubt coincide with a radical evolution in human knowledge and awareness comparable to the Copernican revolution, but such a reformation appears to be yet a long way off. Nevertheless, it is certainly humanity’s future paradigm and the unmistakable goal on the horizon of spiritual evolution to which all of us must aspire.
My “mystical experience” occurred in 1966, when I was twenty-eight years of age. I had been drawn to a remote cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains of California by my desire to know God. Prior to that time, I was an ordinary fellow who knew nothing of mysticism or mystical experience; but it was there in that remote cabin in the woods on one November night that God blessed me with His revealing vision and changed my life forever.
On that night, I prayed to our Father that He let me be one with Him—not that I might glory in His love—but that I might speak out in His praise and to His glory for the benefit of all His children. And, in that instant, He revealed to my inner eye that even I am in Him and belong to Him. He made me to see with His eye that everyone and everything exists in Him, is enveloped in Him, and consists of His own being. Since that time, I have endeavored to fulfill my promise to Him by speaking out in His praise and to His glory, solely for your benefit. By His Grace, I have seen the eternal truth, and my only task in this life is to share that truth with you.
In my first book, The Supreme Self, published in 1984, I described my mystical experience and the circumstances surrounding it. This book is the best introduction to everything that I have written since that time, and should be read in its entirety or downloaded free at the READ OR DOWNLOAD BOOKS page. However, if you would prefer to see a brief excerpt from that book, describing only the occurrence of my mystical experience, go to the Menu in the column on the left, and click on MY MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE."
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My other books, such as History of Mysticism, which tells the extraordinary story of the other mystics, the best-known of those to whom God has revealed Himself through the ages, may also be read or downloaded free on the READ OR DOWNLOAD BOOKS page. I highly recommend these two books, The Supreme Self and History of Mysticism as fundamental to anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with the mystical experience and its perennial occurrence throughout history.
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Or you may go to the Menu in the left column, and start off by learning more about who I am and viewing some personal photos by clicking on: ABOUT SWAMI ABHAYANANDA. That is followed in the Menu by the BOOK CATALOG, which describes my published books in order of publication. That is followed by READ OR DOWNLOAD BOOKS, where all of my books are available for reading or free downloading (all downloadable files on this website are protected by Avast Antivirus software).
Thereafter, you may select from the Menu column any of the thirty-six numbered Articles listed there, the first of which is ABOUT MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE. You may wish to start at the top, and work your way down the list of these informative Articles. Click on the title of any of these topical Articles and have access to some highly inspirational information, containing groundbreaking mystical insights. Each Article may be read online or freely downloaded to your device. Or you may download the complete three-volume Collection of these ESSENTIAL ARTICLES from the Menu or from the READ OR DOWNLOAD BOOKS page.
The three-volume Collection of THE ESSENTIAL ARTICLES OF SWAMI ABHAYANANDA, is the ultimate Collection of the best of my writings culled from all of my books and articles. It is the result of a lifetime of reflection, clarified in God's illuminating light, and documented solely for your benefit. These Articles are not published in book form, but can only be passed on to posterity by your generosity. I will not be around forever, so please download them to your computer, and preserve them. They are His gifts and blessings to all. But they must be preserved by you.
Also, I have recently added to the Menu:
Recollections of BABA MUKTANANDA.
Followed by my latest collection of writings, THOUGHTS OF A MYSTIC. This is a collection of brief thoughts designed to provide a summary of the Mystic's Vision for both the initiate and the seasoned scholar, bringing together the very best of my brief writings for your edification and benefit.
This is followed by a thought-provoking Article on THE QUESTION OF DESTINY.
I have also added the Complete text of THE ASTROLOGER'S VISION from my alternate website, "The Astrologer's Vision" (www.theastrologersvision.weebly.com). This collection contains much valuable information about karma, free will, and the transmigration of the soul It may be read or downloaded here without having to switch to my other website.
I have also included a Page for READER'S COMMENTS, to which you are invited to contribute your thoughts and comments about anything related to this website.
Finally, I've included some LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES that also focus on personal accounts of mystical experience.
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NOTE: This website has been online since April 22, 2013, and as of July 3, 2020, has registered more than 91,000 visitors and many times that number of downloads. God’s great gifts to me, not the least of which is the opportunity to share with you His revelations, has granted me a most happy and satisfying life. It is uncertain when that life will end, but regardless, this website is paid for and will continue through September 16, 2023; so, if there is anything here within this website, The Mystic’s Vision, that you wish to preserve, please download it before then. God bless you every one.
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Dedication of Works To The Public Domain
Monday, March 12, 2018: On this date, I, Swami Abhayananda, born Stanley R. Trout, do hereby permanently dedicate all of my previously copyrighted written works to the Public Domain. This means that I no longer maintain the exclusive rights to the publication of the books and articles written by me and listed on my website, and that now these works may not only be downloaded freely but may be published and distributed in whole or in part by anyone wishing to do so without any requirement of permission.
Included in the works dedicated to the Public Domain are the following books, all of which are authored by me:
The Supreme Self
History of Mysticism: The Unchanging Testament
The Wisdom of Vedanta
Jnaneshvar: The Life And Works
Dattatreya: Song of The Avadhut
Thomas á Kempis: On The Love of God
Plotinus: The Origin of Western Mysticism
Mysticism And Science: A Call for Reconciliation
The Divine Universe
Reflections On The Soul
Body And Soul
The Essential Articles of Swami Abhayananda, Vol. One
The Essential Articles of Swami Abhayananda, Vol. Two
Thoughts of a Mystic
The (Complete) Astrologer's Vision
The copyright pages of the books on my website have been rescinded to indicate their Public Domain status, and I shall continue to maintain this website, “The Mystic’s Vision” (at www.themysticsvision.com) into the indefinite future in order to provide and maintain authentic texts of these Public Domain works to anyone who wishes to download or copy them. I ask only that, in reproducing or disseminating this material, proper attribution be given regarding the title of the work, author, publisher, and date of publication.
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