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My name is Swami Abhayananda. It has been my good fortune to see God in mystical vision, and I wish to share with you that vision. All of the writings appearing here in “The Mystic’s Vision,” are based on my own mystical experience and are dedicated to the praise and glorification of God, and everything may be read or downloaded free.
On this website I am telling of my own mystical experience, my divine revelation, in order to inform and inspire all of you in the great knowledge of your own divine existence--to tell you that you are a child of God, that you are in fact His own manifestation, and to awaken you and guide you to the awareness that you and He are one. The divine journey of the soul is a journey to God that takes place over numerous lifetimes. It is a journey toward the purification of one's heart, and as Jesus testified, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."
God brings his children through their unique life experiences to the eventual purification of their hearts through love, and the reward of that purification is "the vision of God." Now, understand that when you see God, God is not seen as something or someone else standing before you; the vision of God is the divine revelation that you and all creatures, as well as all things that exist, are made of God, are part of God, and reside in God. It It is an opening of your own consciousness to the realization that you are contained in and consist of the one divine Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. To experience that divine awakening is your ultimate goal and purpose in this journey of many lives. In reaching this goal, you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.
Your spiritual journey begins when God mercifully awakens your heart to His love. That love has the power to draw your heart to Him, despite all other attractions. Give Him the one-pointed devotion of your heart and follow wherever He leads. This is His eternal message. O my friends, do not pass by such good fortune as this! He is in your heart, for He has fashioned you in His own image. Acknowledge His presence and listen to His guidance,
and He will lead you to your perfect joy in Him.
My dear people, if you don’t believe in God, I understand. I didn’t believe in God either—throughout my youth and well into adulthood. I felt that God was just a convenient myth and that faith was strictly for the mentally deficient. But then, God revealed Himself to me and made everything clear to me. Now, I know God as the Existence of my existence. I know Him as the object as well as the Subject, the thought as well as the Thinker, the figure as well as the Ground. He revealed everything to me. I know all His secrets. The only thing I don’t know is how I can convince you that it is also in your best interest to know Him. As the saying goes, ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.’ I am offering you the water of life, the wellspring of all knowledge;
I can’t force you to drink of it, but if you are wise, you will judge only after you have tasted it for yourself.
By the Grace of God, Jesus famously experienced his own mystical vision on the banks of the Jordan river during his 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 to a select few.
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,” "samadhi," "nirvana," “Self-realization,” “the mystic marriage,” or “union with God;” but no matter what it is called, that unitive mystical experience is one and the same for all, regardless of one's religious affiliation.
Believe it or not, my friends, there really is such a thing as enlightenment—a sudden awakening to a new and wonderful awareness of the divinity of yourself and all reality. I know, because it happened to me. That mystical experience reveals the truth of our divine nature as Spirit. It is this mystical vision that 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 everlasting 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. History of Mysticism will introduce you to 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, Jesus, Plotinus, Shankara, Ibn Arabi, Sri Ramakrishna, and many other spiritual geniuses of our modern times.
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).
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. I urge those of you who are new to the subject of mystical experience to read the Article "About Mystical Experience," "The Grace of God," and "Enlightened Christianity". Those who have an interest in Metaphysics will find "Spiritual Knowledge," Fundamentals of Mystical Theology," and "Metaphysics from a Mystic's Perspective" of most interest. And those of a scientific bent will most appreciate "How God Made The World," "Mind And Matter," Science And Gnosis," Exemplary Scientists," and "Mystical Experience As Future Science."
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 printed book form, but are available only in electronic form, and 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 a one-volume Collection of THE SUPPLEMENTAL ARTICLES OF SWAMI ABHAYANANDA, containing the following five Articles:
REMEMBERING BABA MUKTANANDA
This is my recollections of a great Guru.
INTRODUCTION TO VEDANTA
This is from my 1991 book, The Wisdom of Vedanta.
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.
THE QUESTION OF DESTINY
This is an Article affirming the notion that such a thing as Destiny exists.
- THE ASTROLOGER'S VISION
Each of these four "Supplemental Articles" may be read or downloaded individually from the Menu page, or as the complete Collection of THE SUPPLEMENTAL ARTICLES from either the Menu or the READ OR DOWNLOAD page.
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 September 29, 2020, has registered more than 97,000 page views 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. I am now eighty-two years of age, and it is uncertain when this life will end, but regardless, this website is paid for and will continue through September, 2023. So, if there is anything here within this website, The Mystic’s Vision, that you wish to preserve for yourself and others, 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 in any language 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
The Essential Articles of Swami Abhayananda, Vol. Three
Thoughts of a Mystic
The (Complete) Astrologer's Vision
The Supplemental Articles of Swami Abhayananda
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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