Welcome To The Mystic's Vision
This website is hosted by me, Swami Abhayananda, and is dedicated to the praise and glorification of God. It is founded on my own direct experience, and is intended to confirm, clarify, and propagate the perennial teachings of the mystics.
All of the books and articles found on this website are concerned, not with religious doctrines, but with direct personal experience. This experience, '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", "Self-realization", "the mystic marriage", or "union with God", but no matter what its called, this unitive experience is one and the same for all.
The mystic's vision challenges the ordinary way in which we 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/she is enlightened and knows with certainty that he/she is a wave on the ocean of God, immersed in God, united with God, and made of God.
The word "mystic" dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks, when one who had known the unitive vision was referred to as a "mystic" (from Ancient Greek μυστικός [mystikos, “secret, mystic”], from μύστης (mystēs, “one who has been initiated”). And the formulation of precepts relating to this experience came to be called "mysticism", or "gnosis", and we still use these words today. Mysticism is not limited to any one religious tradition, but may be thought of as the experiential origin and fountainhead of all authentic religious teachings and religious traditions.
Mysticism is and has always been a revolutionary ideology. It is revolutionary in that it stands against the placid complacency of the followers of traditional religious orthodoxy, urging us toward
a more thoughtful, introspective, and meditative approach to the direct knowledge of God. It is hoped that, at this time in history, the revelations of the mystics bring about the long-sought effect of revolutionizing the theology of all the world's religious bodies and the mind set of our entire world culture.
Where To Start
In the Menu column on the left, you will find some information about myself in the section: About Swami Abhayananda.
Next, the Book Catalog contains a listing and description of all of my published books.
Next, on the Menu is: the Read or Download Books page, where you will find many of my books to read or download in PDF format.
Next in the Menu is:
The Mystical Tradition
This section consists of a Series of Articles in PDF format intended to educate and inform those wishing to understand the long history of mystical thought in religion and philosophy.
This is followed in the Menu by:
The Metaphysics of Mysticism
This section consists of a Series of Articles in PDF format explaining the Mystic's revelations regarding Nonduality, Consciousness, Universal Creation, Theology, Epistemology, Current Scientific Theory, Teleology, and Grace.
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The one and only mystic known to the majority of the people in the West is Jesus of Nazareth, even though most of those people do not even realize that he was a mystic. Nonetheless, despite the centuries of popular misunderstanding and mischaracterization, Jesus was a mystic. He experienced his unity with God through mystical vision, and he told his companions of this experience. He had come to know through that mystical experience that he was in God and God was in him, that he and God, the Father, were one Spirit; and he often publicly declared this fact.
It is unlikely that the ordinary people of the world―with no extensive knowledge of mystical experience or of the mystics of other lands and other times―would be amenable to the notion that a person in the twentieth century could also be a mystic, experiencing the same identification with God as had Jesus in the first century. Such notions are simply not an element of our current culture, and would certainly be unacceptable to an overwhelming majority of our contemporary population. Nevertheless, mystical experience does occur even in these modern times.
My own 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 had known nothing of mysticism or mystical experience. Later, in the early 1980’s, I wrote about
my own mystical experience in my first book, entitled The Supreme Self. This book is undoubtedly the best introduction to everything that I have written since that time, and should be read in its entirety or downloaded at the 'Read or Download Books' page. But if you would prefer to just see a brief excerpt from the book containing a description of that mystical experience, please
open Volume One of The Mystic's Vision, and scroll down the Table of Contents to Part Four : "God's Grace"; then go to that page where you will find "My Enlightenment Experience".
After publishing The Supreme Self in 1984, I began documenting the lives and teachings of the more famous of those persons throughout history who had experienced a similar mystical revelation, and this collection was published in 1987 as History of Mysticism. The visitor to this website who wishes to understand mysticism and the nondual mystical experience should begin with these two books, in that order. They will provide an adequate introduction to mystical experience and its long history. Both of these books, as well as subsequent publications, may be read or downloaded at no cost from the ‘Read or Download Books’ page of this website.
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NOTE: Since April 22, 2013, all of my books and articles have been freely available for downloading to your computer or other device. Currently (as of September 21, 2017), this website has registered more than 59,000 visitors, and has registered many times that number of downloads. Our website address has been updated to: www.themysticsvision.com (it is no longer necessary to add "weebly" to the address).
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Copyright 2015 by Swami Abhayananda
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