A mystic is a being that has traced back his or her subjective sentience (identity, intellect, thoughts, mind, ego, sense of separate self, mental/soul processes) to its source. The source which is the absolute subjective perceiver of all experience.
In other words, The mystic is an awakened being who has dissolved his illusion into the reality of god. He is spiritually unhindered by the state of his bodily and mental limitations, the mystic is a buddha and a buddha is a mystic. The mystic belong to no creed, though they express themselves in different colours and through different backgrounds.
Moreover the mystic is someone who has seen the glory of his or her own consciousness, and thus been mesmerized by its supreme elegance and simplicity. She has realized herself beyond any intellectual or even emotional doubt; the truth of her existence has become her salvation and remedy.
This is their destination and sanctuary.
The mystic only points to your essential nature…
Though mystics come in many colours and shapes, they are one in their essential experience and understanding of existence. Since they reach that absolute subjective space of consciousness, they have come to a placeless place without distinctions. That is why one can say that all the mystics are spiritually kin, even though they may be separated by time, culture, language, religion, ideology. They are beyond these limitations that are set on sentient life, mostly humans.
The mystics only point to our essential nature, the sense of presence, pure consciousness and natural joy, which in turn is a nature derived from the Supreme Being.
What is Mysticism?
I have conflicting standpoints on the term mysticism, as it is on the one hand has a rather cool and esoteric sound to it while on the other hand I feel that it makes the essence of mysticism more mystical, complex and elusive than it should be. Mysticism isn’t really that mystical, its about a being tracing back the sense of his separation to its source, which inevitably is the pure state of consciousness, source-being, Supreme Being or God, depending on your taste.
Another notable point to make about mysticism is that it doesn’t have to be religious in the traditional sense. In my humble understanding there are philosopher mystics, poet mystics, and just any kind of a plain ol mystic as well.
In other words, a mystic doesn’t really have or need a certain label or a group to belong to, when their realization is complete they can and do stand perfectly on their own, nourished only by the self-shining light of consciousness and the universe.
Experientially a seeker turns into a mystic when the seeking has come to an end, not that the seeker has necessarily found what he or she is looking for, but only that a profound recognition of that which always has been present in ones experience becomes ones immediate and unbroken reality.
In truth, we are all mystics in our essential nature and expression, the mystics of history are just individuals who have recognized this supremely beautiful reality, they have become awake to themselves.
What is Mystical Love?
Mystical love is the the love that a mystic has towards the supreme being. The supreme being is not some abstract daddy up in the skies, but the supreme being is existence, formless and ageless permeating the universe at all times. It has no distinguishable qualities, it is the eye of consciousness. Mystical love is the love a separate self cultivates towards that pure nexus of reality, he finds himself mesmerized by its subtlety and beauty, and finds himself ultimately dissolved in its ineffableness.
The love of a mystic is one of the highest forms of love, resembling that love that parents have towards their children. Universal and unconditional.
Here are some examples of luminous mystics:
Meister Eckhart was a powerful Christian mystic who through his sermons managed to deliver great timeless wisdoms. He was a mystic of the highest order alongside the likes of Ramana Maharshi. He knew that life was derived out of the supreme principle, and the best way for a human being to reach this supreme being was to make ones heart into a sanctuary for divine love.
“Therefore sanctification is the best of all things, for it cleanses the soul, and illuminates the conscience, and kindles the heart, and wakens the spirit, and girds up the loins, and glorifies virtue and separates us from creatures, and unites us with God.”
Ramana Maharshi was an advaitic sage who propagated the method of self-inquiry. This teaching or method accompanied with silence was what Ramana Maharshi proposed to be the most effective way of self-realization. Through asking that question at the age of 16 was how he came to recognize the eternal nature of reality.
I cannot show you God or enable you to see God because God is not an object that can be seen. God is the subject. He is the seer. Don’t concern yourself with objects that can be seen. Find out who the seer is… You alone are God.
Kabir was a 15th century weaver and mystic who through his poetry bestowed upon the world some great spiritual ruby’s. He was a great soul who strived to build a bridge between Islam and Hinduism. In my heart his mere existence and poetry successfully did that, even though the rest of the world was still separated and divided in these religious aspects.
Kabir expressed his longing for the supreme and the timeless in spectacular eloquence and beauty.
Arise from slumber O Kabir, divest yourself of the rubbish deeds
Be focused and illumine the path on which you were meant to tread
Heraclitus was a mystic philosopher who in the 6th century BCE, proclaimed some universal truths in his Greek mother tongue. He was the undisputed master of paradoxes and he became a witness to the one LOGOS which enlightened his spirit.
He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.
What is mystical poetry?
Mystical poetry is an expression of longing a separate self entity has towards the formless ultimate being. The Supreme Lord of the universe is the primary object of every mystical poem. It’s about the personal individual becoming universal. It’s about biological life becoming eternal life. Its about the radiant love and grace of that unspeakable one.
Daniel Seeker is a wandering dervish and lifelong student of the past, present and future. He realized that he was made of immaculate and timeless consciousness when meditating in his hermit cave on the island of Gotland. His writings are mostly a reflection of that realizaton. Daniel currently studies history, philosophy, egyptology and western esotericism at Uppsala Universitet. He’s also currently writing his B.A. thesis in history which explores how Buddhist and Hindu texts were first properly translated and introduced to the western world in the late 18th and 19th century.
Would love to hear more about your thesis Daniel Seeker
Hey Anthony, I’m very glad to hear that you’re interested in learning more about the thesis, in fact so am I, the topic is very intruiging. I’m currently working on it as much as I can while working at the same time, deadline is in 1 month exactly so I’ve got lots of work to do! The thesis will mostly cover how Buddhism influenced Western thinkers and writers, by mostly focusing on the concept of Nirvana and how it evolved from the early Buddhist sources (sutras), perhaps even pre-buddhist sources, into how it came to be understood and used in literary and philosophical circles in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century. 🙂
I hope you are doing well during these times. I’d like to hear more about your thesis and progress as well.