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  • Mysticism - 696 Words
    mysThe term mysticism, comes from the Greek word meaning “to conceal.” In the Hellenistic world, “mystical” referred to “secret” religious rituals. In early Christianity the term came to refer to “hidden” allegorical interpretations of Scriptures and to hidden presences, such as that of Jesus at the Eucharist. Only later did the term begin to denote “mystical theology,” that included direct experience of the divine. Typically, mystics, see their mystical experience as part of larger undertaking...
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  • Mysticism - 2196 Words
    ISSN : 2348 - 9715 ISSUE : 1, May 2014 International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Mysticism in Rabindranath Tagore’s GITANJALI Mr. Rohit Bagthariya P.S.Hirpara Mahila College- Jetpur E-mail: Abstract The best minds of India have always held mysticism to be the source and ultimate proof of the teaching of philosophy and of religion. The father of Hindu religion, the Vedic seers were mystics who embodied in inspired words what they saw in mystic vision. Tagore...
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  • Mysticism and Rain - 309 Words
    Summary of “How beautiful is the rain!” by H.W. Longfellow This famous and beautiful poem begins by stating how beautiful rain is after a long, hot and dusty summer. The sound it makes and the impact it has is explored and evoked in the poem, for example in the following passage: How it clatters along the roofs, Like the tramp of hoofs How it gushes and struggles out From the throat of the overflowing spout! Note the way that the sound of the rain is created through the...
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  • Mysticism in Wordsworth Poetry - 724 Words
    William Wordsworth is an eminent mystic poet of the Romantic Age with an amazingly subtle mind and a deviant capacity for expressing personal beliefs and thoughts. Wordsworth was a true mystic. His mystical experiences are principally revealed in the context of his treatment of nature. Wordsworth never confined his verse within the vivid portrayal of the sights, sounds, odors, and movements of various elements of nature. He aimed at attaining something higher and divine and leaving behind a...
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  • The Influence of Jewish Mysticism on the Early Christian Church
    The Influence of Jewish Mysticism on the Early Christian Church Mystics know and experience God in a very different way than the ordinary believer. Whereas the ordinary believer knows God in an objective, concrete manner as embodied in nature or via sacred scriptures, the mystic knows God by personal, one to one contact between their own spirit (soul) and the spirit of God; heart to heart, or as Augustine called it, “cor ad cor loquitur.” Because of the one to one, highly individualized...
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  • Kabir: the Bhakti Poet
    • In the India of Kabir's day the Moslem influence was predominantly in the form of Siifism, and the poetry and philosophy of the Persian mystics such as 'Attir, Rinmi, Sidi, and Hifiz inspired Kabir. • From the Hindu side, Kabir was a product of the bhakti movement of devotional theism which represented a reaction against a decadent Buddhism and the intellectualism of the Advaitist Vedinta philosophy. • This move-ment had its philosophical expression in the eleventh century in the theistic...
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  • Rabi'a Al-Adawiyya - 1568 Words
    Rabi’a al-Adawiyya is recognised as the first female Saint of Islam due to her major role in the early maturation of Islam, specifically, the expansion of Sufism. It was she who focused on a rigorous asceticism that required complete abandonment of ones worldly pleasures in order to detach one from the fear of hell and enter the passionate love and devotion for God. Her belief in this notion “Muhabbah” (Divine Love) and her dismissal of materialism became a strong prestige throughout her...
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  • The One God Dilemma - 572 Words
    Sabrina Ponder 9/3/12 REL 110 East meets West WIKI New Age Movement- In some respects, New Age religion can rightly be classified as a Western expression of classic monistic Hinduism (called Vedanta) The most basic beliefs (about God, the world, man, and salvation) are the same, as well as the mystical experiences that are at the heart of both. Their followers make up a sizable — though by no means dominant — contingent of the movement itself. In spite of these commonalities, the New Age...
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  • Islam, Christianity and Jewish - 1928 Words
    RELI 1710: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM Mystical Dimensions of Islam is a book written by Annemarie Schimmel which discussed about Sufism. Sufism is also known as Islamic mysticism as it deals with something mysterious that cannot be explained by ordinary means or by intellectual effort. There are few characteristics for someone to be considered as a Sufi. The characteristics are they view world as not important and they love to be alone with God. They love God so much that they did feel...
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  • CERAE Content Experience Reflection Analysis
     CERAE Content Experience Reflection Analysis Evaluation Submitted by: Alyssa Keith C. Gorigao IV-JOANS Submitted to: Sir Ferdinand Corpuz Calculus Teacher Math Before Christ Content: Math started before Christ. Predynastic Egyptians of the 5th millennium BC pictorially represented geometric designs. It has been claimed that megalithic monuments in England and Scotland, dating from the 3rd millennium BC,...
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  • Transcendence of Mortality - 1286 Words
    William Butler Yeats, born in Ireland on June 13, 1865, was an unquestionably remarkable poet whose desperate belief in mysticism and theosophy inspired him to produce works which would establish his dominant influence in poetry during the twentieth-century. Driven by a desire to create a unique set of symbols and metaphors applicable to poetry as well as the human experience, Yeats’ poetry evolved to represent his views on spirituality and Man’s existentialist dilemmas. “Sailing to Byzantium”,...
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  • Saint Catherine of Siena - 417 Words
    Saint Catherine of Siena was born in 1347 in Siena, Italy. She was the youngest child of a very large family and grew up an intelligent, cheerful, and intensely religious person. At age six, she began having mystical experiences, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. Saint Catherine was very in touch with God, even as a child. When Saint Catherine was twelve, her parents thought of engaging her in marriage. She wanted to devote her life to God, not to her husband. She...
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  • The New Age Movement: A Complex Sociological Phenomenon
    Although the New Age movement is not technically a religion , eight to nine percent of people that do not believe in organized religion find the New Age as their replacement. The New Age movement is very difficult to describe although not impossible. It is a complex sociological phenomenon that can be perceived in many ways. Basically, what another person sees, the other may not. The New Age movement is best understood as a network of networks. A network is an informal, loosely knit...
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  • Written Commentary on Vacillation by Yeats
    “Vacillation” is a poem by William Butler Yeats that explores the source of joy and how it can only be achieved if one understands what grief is. The poem begins with the speaker using extremities to question what exactly joy is. In the second stanza of the poem Yeats introduces a mystic tree that is half burning in flames and is half abounding with foliage. In the third and fourth stanzas the persona advises the readers to gather all possible materialistic wealth, destroy it, lament over it,...
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  • Mystical Experiences - 1192 Words
    The mystical experience, an experience felt beyond the realms of ordinary consciousness that has affected many prominent figures throughout history. Mystical experiences often defy any physical description and such experiences involve ineffable awareness of time, space, and physical reality. These experiences are universal and share common characteristics no matter what religion, beliefs, or culture in which the person attends and the experiences are often spiritual rather than religious....
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  • Adams Curse by William Butler Yeats
    “Adam’s Curse”
William Butler Yeats 
 William Yeats’ “Adam’s Curse” is a poem that addresses a profound truth of time. Any human accomplishment such as poetry, music, or physical beauty requires much labor and is appreciated by few. He says this through an emotional recollection of a conversation between himself, his lover and her friend. I believe the meaning of the work lays waiting like a net, waiting to catch the reader at surface level. The poem is simplistic in nature, which is quite...
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  • Religious Experience - 993 Words
    ‘Arguments from religious experience are never convincing.’ (35 marks) Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud present challenges to religious experiences. Marx’s challenges to religious experience arguments are sociological; he suggested that the origins of religious experience are to be found in society. He states religion is about mythological beliefs and an unreal god that distracted people from the real world, religion is ‘the opium of the people’, religious experiences create alienation and a...
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  • Iqbal's Theory of Knowledge - 5058 Words
    IQBAL'S THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE BY: JAMEELA KHATOON IQBAL REVIEW Journal of the Iqbal Academy, Pakistan April 1960 – Volume: 01– Number: 1 Iqbal cannot be classed under any of the three schools of philosophical thought: the empiricist, the rationalist or the intuitionist. In his theory of knowledge, sense perception, reason and intuition, all are combined in an organic whole. He knew full well that light from one direction alone could not illumine the whole of reality in all its...
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  • Mystic Void in Yeats - 3773 Words
    The Mystic Void To create a mystic world in poetry is itself an art par excellence. To welcome and enrich the world of perfect extinction of personality in the form of void as a superior creative excellence is definitely more than mere excellence in the art of poetry. It is the ascent of excellence, indeed, the ascent of poetry and the poet. Unlike any other mystic poet, W. B. Yeats enters into the world of mystic void when he is at his best in sonnets. As a matter of fact, the mystic aroma...
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  • human gastrointestinal tract - 1239 Words
    PL 203 Monday FINAL I: what is religion? religion is brought up of four components that defines it. the metaphysical, ethical, institutional, and experiential. metaphysic philosophy based on theories of subtle realities that transcend the physical world. it helps to find the existence of life, properties, space, and time. this maybe a higher, deeper and more complex reality. God being the higher being, the spiritual figure in which individuals fear or have a reason for life....
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  • Esoteric and Exoteric Christianity - 1081 Words
    Esoteric and Exoteric Christianity Recently, someone asked, “Did Judas leave the Last Supper early?” She was repeating a question that she heard from people who criticize Christianity. There are two major types knowledge that is used to evaluate Christianity. She had probably heard this question from someone who depended on exoteric knowledge. To bear fruit within the church, we need to know about exoteric knowledge and esoteric knowledge. Exoteric knowledge is knowledge that is publicly...
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  • Mystic in Religion - 300 Words
    Mystic in religion Every religion has its own set of rituals and ceremonies, the implementation of which sometimes provides feedback with something secretly. We can find a lot of facts when people saw or felt something strange during praying or just being in the saint place. Also some believers keeps in touch with spirits and gods, who help to make right decisions and answer some complete questions. One of the most mystical phenomena is bleeding Christians icons. Such activity usually...
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  • religious studies aqa a level
    Explain the main characteristics of conversion and mystical experiences A conversion experience is a religious experience that causes an altered view of the world and one’s personal place in it. Conversions very in type and features so not all characteristics found in one conversion experience occur in all conversion experiences. For example, St Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus seems a sudden conversion whilst some conversions are gradual and happen over a long period of time....
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  • When You Are Old and Gray
    When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead, And...
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  • New Age Religion and the Cult of the Self
    New Age Religion and the Cult of the Self New Age Religion and the Cult of the Self is about James Tucker’s observations on the therapeutic nature of the New Age religion. His observations are based on his ongoing on informal therapy, or what anthropologists would call folk psychiatry. He conducted extensive interviews with well over 100 New Agers in several New England states. Sociologists define religion as a cultural system of commonly shared beliefs and rituals that provides a sense of...
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  • Consider how far the work of scholars has helped give an understanding of religious experience.
    Consider how far the work of scholars has helped give an understanding of religious experience. In a study of 2,500 Finns, one in three (37%) said they had received help from God (Church Research Centre, 2001). Whatever you call this kind of encounter, it would be very difficult to even begin to discuss it at all without a language code to do so. Through “The Varieties of Religious Experience”, William James gave scholars a framework through which to discourse on religious experience. For...
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  • RS4 Coursework Draft - 3136 Words
    a) Examine the distinctive features of religious experience I will examine the distinctive features of a religious experience and how they differ from everyday experiences from the world religions of Christianity and Buddhism. I intend to use the religious experiences of mysticism, near death experiences and revelations to highlight the distinctive features. These distinctive features are what separate religious experiences from ordinary experiences, such as us not having suitable words in our...
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  • Rumi: Use of dichotomy - 1752 Words
    How Rumi deals with “Opposites” in his works “The most manifest way to the knowledge of things is by their contraries,” (Mishkat 86) Following Ghazali’s concept of knowledge through counterparts which elucidates that God is hidden because he has no contrary; we find that Rumi's idea of using opposites in his writings, however utterly sublime and profoundly impeccable, is not completely original but seeks inspiration from the very fundamental element of Islam, which is the Shahadah....
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  • A Prayer for My Daughter: the Poem
    A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER The poem by WB Yeats portrays how a father, blessed with a daughter, prays for the future happiness and wellbeing of her. The poet hopes that instead of growing up to be a woman of immense beauty, his daughter should be blessed with attributes of a virtuous and a great soul. She should be well-mannered and full of humility rather than being strongly opinionated, to avoid any intellectual detestation that could drown her in misery. The prayer for his daughter beyond its...
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  • Explain what is meant by the term religious experience
    Explain what is meant by the term ‘a religious experience’. (45 marks) In 1969 Alister Hardy set up the Religious Experience Research Unit (RERU) with the aim of examining the extent and nature of the religious experiences of people in the UK. The experiences recorded were quite different from other types of experiences that people had. According to Alister Hardy the religious experience ‘… usually induces in the person concerned a conviction that the everyday world is not the whole of...
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  • “Can We Know God by Experience?” - Donovan 2
    “Can we know God by experience?” - Donovan 2 In ‘Can we know God by experience?’ Peter Donovan questions whether it is possible to have direct, intuitive knowledge of God. Intuition is an experiential belief characterized by its immediacy. It is direct perception or insight without any need for evidence or argument. Intuition or intuitive knowledge is the main theme of Donovan. He suggested that knowledge can be attained through intuition. Especially the claim that people who have religious...
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  • Examine the Characteristics of Mystical and Conversion Experiences
    Examine the main characteristics of conversion and mystical experiences Sean Reece Grange Two well-known categories of religious experience are Conversion and Mystical experiences. Throughout history there have been many reports of people having these religious experiences, and not all of the recipients are necessarily Christian in belief. Famous examples of conversion experiences include St Paul on the road to Damascus, and an example of a mystical experience could be the story of Theresa of...
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  • The History of Islam - 329 Words
    One significant person in the history of Islam is Rabi'a al-Adawiyya. Rabi’a was a woman born in 717 CE in Basra (modern day Iraq). According to legend, Rabi’a was orphaned when she young and sold into slavery. She was then freed when her master found her praying and shrouded in divine light. Rabi’a lived all her life in Basra as an ascetic, fasting all day and praying all night. She provided spiritual guidance and advice to Islamic people, men and women alike, and is known as one of the most...
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  • Personal Response William Butler Yeats
    “William Butler Yeats deals with an interesting variety of subjects and his poetry is full of powerful images and impressive descriptions. Discuss.” Submitted by Hollie McLaughlin. I very much enjoy reading the poetry of William Butler Yeats. What I like about the poetry is the multi-faceted man who emerges. In Inisfree he is the searching, restless 25 year old, looking to nature as a kind of redemptive force. In ‘September 1913’ he is the ardent political critic of the soul-destroying...
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  • Review of Origin of Brunists - 965 Words
    Review of Origin of Brunists Whenever something tragic happens, human beings look for a shelter to take since this is the way of taking away the pain. In addition to this pain, if their lives are dull and bitter, they will feel the need for something brightining to refresh their lives just like it happens in the novel, Origin of the Brunists by Robert Coover. In this novel, a coal mine disaster occurs in which ninentyseven miners pass away and only one miner called Giovanni Bruno...
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  • Garden of Love Explication - 875 Words
    Bailey Krasovec Garden of Love Explication When considering the many works of William Blake, the poem “The Garden of Love” withstands to me as one of his best poems, and one that can be interpreted in a vast number of ways. After reading literary criticism on this poem, it was interesting how differently the author of the article critiques the piece, in comparison to how I myself had originally perceived it. In my opinion, William Blake is a poet of great complexity, who before his time...
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  • Analysis of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet
    First Cloudstreet Essay Cloudstreet is a mystical hymn of each character’s journey to finding peace and redemption within their lives. From separate tragedies, the Pickleses and the Lambs come to Cloudstreet seeking a fresh start. Winton’s exploration of a mystical journey to redemption is represented through the complex relationship between Fish and Quick Lamb. Their relationship is ridden with guilt, despair, a sense of mystical hope and a fervent desire for freedom, ideas that are widely...
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  • Quarrel de La Rose
    Christine de Pisan in her Querrel de la Rose criticizes Roman de la Rose, which is a love poem. This poem "describes the ultimately successful quest of a lover for the mystical and fleshly Rose". Christine is totally against the poem and attacks of strongly.

    It is marvelous how Christine de Pisan starts her writing in Quarrel de la Rose. She starts showing you modesty of her self, and appears very calm. She stings you then in a sweet style illuminating why is she against the work she is...
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  • night - 805 Words
     Night In the memoir “Night” we see the atrocious events of the holocaust through the eyes of Ellie Wiesel a young boy from Sighet, Romania. The memoir begins with Ellie and his family in Sighet unaware of the horrible events they will experience. In this book we see how his experiences in the holocaust change his beliefs about god and his complete kindness. The change we see in Ellie is most evident in his opinion,...
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  • “a Noiseless Patient Spider”
    In Walt Whitman’s 1860’s lyric poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider”, this poem was written during the 1860’s and published in the 1871 – 1872 editions of “Leave of Grass”. Whitman depicts an equivalent relationship between a spider and an individual. I believe the spider symbolizes the speaker’s mind/soul, and he speaks to as though he is talking to someone else. The speaker uses the poem to illustrate a comparative relationship between what seems to be a quest for spiritual knowledge or...
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  • A Prayer for My Daughter - 749 Words
    A Prayer for My Daughter : William Butler Yeats - Summary and Critical Analysis | A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats opens with an image of the new born child sleeping in a cradle. A storm is raging with great fury outside his residence. A great gloom is on Yeats mind and is consumed with anxiety as to how to protect his child from the tide of hard times ahead. The poet keeps walking and praying for the young child and as he does so he is in a state of reverie. He feels a...
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  • Fire and Ice Analysis - 556 Words
    "THE THOUGHT FOX" analysis "The Thought-Fox" is a poem about writing a poem, it analyses in detail the nature of literary inspiration and literary creation. The action of the poem takes place at midnight where the poet is sitting alone at his desk accompanied only by a ticking of a clock. The image evoked is one of quiet and solitude where the poet is cut off from the world ready to be transported by his literary imagination. The poet’s imagination is like a presence which disturbs the...
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  • Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the argument for the existence of God based on religious experience. (18)
    1. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the argument for the existence of God based on religious experience. (18) 2. ‘The argument merely indicates the probability of God and this is of little value to a religious believer.’ Discuss. (12) In contrast to the classical arguments for the existence of God, namely the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments, the argument from religious experience doesn’t just entail a set logical of points arriving at a conclusion on a piece of...
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  • dsdds - 259 Words
    Travis Hunter RL 201 Professor Lauer 11 October 2013 Page 137 Response is a website that deals with just about everything that a Sikh needs to know. In addition, it’s a good website for those who are not Sikh’s to gain more knowledge about this particular religion. The website contains a great amount of news, past and present about the Sikh religion. Furthermore, it includes blogs where people can talk to each other about the Sikh religion online as well as the...
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  • "Leda and the Swan" Analysis - 500 Words
    In William Butler Yeats poem "Leda and the Swan", he uses the fourteen lines of the traditional sonnet form in a radical, modernist style. He calls up a series of unforgettable, bizarre images of an immediate physical event using abstract descriptions in brief language. Through structure and language Yeats is able to paint a powerful sexual image to his readers without directly giving the meaning of the poem. "Leda and the Swan" is a violent, sexually explicit poem with its plain diction,...
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  • Examine the Main Characteristics of Conversion and Mystical Experience
    A conversion is a religious experience that changes a persons beliefs from one religion to another, there are three types of conversion with characteristics varying among them. Mystical experience however is a more extreme form of experience, which is not just seeing hearing or feeling someone but a deeper union with god. Non-volitional is a non voluntary conversion which is forced on someone. This usually means that the person is hostile to the belief they later come to hold, as it is...
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  • Arab - 1212 Words
    Ab'ul Hasan was a Sufi musician, poet and scholar. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. He was a mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi. Amīr Khusrow has been reputed to have invented musical instruments Sitar and Tabla. He wrote poetry primarily in Persian, but also in Hindavi. He is regarded as the "father of Qawwali" (a devotional music form of the Sufis in the Indian subcontinent).. Khusrow was an expert in many styles of...
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  • Sufism: Doctrine, Order, and Practice
    Ayoub Laissouf Sufism Introduction Beside the exterior cannon law (sharia) exists the interior way (tariqa) of mysticism which is a religious movement within Shii and Sunni Islam. Whereas the Islamic law offers the exoteric path of rights and duties to organize the life of the community and individual, Sufism provides a spiritual discipline or an esoteric way which is a method that the Sufi follows to know God and find the true knowledge. As the other mystical...
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  • Yeats - 784 Words
    An inherent tension between stability and change is revealed through recurring images in Yeats' poetry. To what extent does your interpretation of Yeats’ The Second Coming and at least one other poem align with this view? William Butler Yeats’ poetry possesses strong imagery and themes of stability and change. Two of the poems, which especially highlight these elements, are The Second Coming and The Wild Swans At Coole. Within both of these poems the recurring imagery conjures creates strong...
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  • Yeats and Symbolism - 1067 Words
    Yeats and Symbolism Born in 1865, William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright and one of the twentieth century’s foremost literary masters. Yeats is partly credited with the Irish Literary Revival and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Even though he rejected Christianity, Yeats was spiritual; he developed a unique, philosophical belief system that emphasized fate, historical determinism, and the notion that history is cyclical; Yeats eventually began using the image of a gyre...
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  • The Lake Isle of Innisfree - 1444 Words
    William Butler Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” is a modernist poem published in Yeats’s second volume of poetry, entitled “The Rose” (1893) and, although simple in form and imagery, it has managed to earn its place as one of his great literary achievements and one of his most enduring. The poem represents a nostalgic description of a concrete, geographical place, the lake isle of Innisfree, which the...
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  • Persingers Helmet - 357 Words
    Persinger’s Helmet Persinger’s Helmet or ‘The God Helmet’ is a helmet that was created to test the creativity and the effects of subtle stimulation of the temporal lobes. Reports by participants of a "sensed presence" while wearing the God helmet brought public attention and resulted in several TV documentaries. The device has been used in Persinger's research in the field of neurotheology, the study of the neural correlates of religion and spirituality. The helmet, generates very weak...
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  • the book of thief - 661 Words
    Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert Summary How liberating it would be to just cast off the reins of your current life and go on a year-long trip to three far flung countries of the world? Elizabeth Gilbert does that in Eat Pray Love, by embarking on her journey with specific purposes – one country for pleasure of the senses, another for spiritual enlightenment and the third to restore balance in her life. The resultant travelogue is a warm and lively read. The book begins with Elizabeth...
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  • religion - 362 Words
     Before reading this, I thought religious experiences only happened to biblical figures or really religious people such as priests and nuns. However, after reading this chapter I began to realize that they can happen to anyone. I realized I have had a religious experience recently. Deciding what colleges to apply to was a hard choice for me. My mother wanted to pay as little as possible for my education, so she tried to force me to apply to all local schools, specifically Saint...
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  • Religious Experience - 277 Words
    Religious Experience Religious experience is seen as a non-empirical occurrence which means it does not depend or can be verified through observation or examination. Majority of people believe it’s supernatural. It is also seen as an experience to make a person aware. Certain religious people believe who have had the experience has drawn them into a deeper knowledge/ awareness of god. Most importantly it is seen as the experience itself is not a substitute for the divine but a vehicle that...
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  • Gustave Flaubert "A Simple Heart"
    Gustave Flaubert "A Simple Heart" Gustave Flaubert’s short story, A Simple Heart, is the narrative account of one woman’s painfully unrewarding life as a humble and blindly dedicated servant, Felicite. Throughout the story chronicling her life, she suffers a series of heartbreaking losses, but continues to love unconditionally nonetheless. A Simple Heart brings up themes of death and loss, and unquestioning duty and responsibility. It also calls into question conventional religious...
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  • When You Are Old
    William Butler Yeats “When You Are Old” is a tribute to deeper love, an obvious interpretation of a poem that contains the word “love” five times in twelve lines. However, it is specifically the speaker’s personal analysis of what he imagines “love” to entail. It represents an elderly woman reminiscing of her younger days. A past lover whispers to her as she looks through a photo album. This is a very somber, regretful and resigned poem. It has a quiet, dreamlike feeling to it. And uses...
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  • The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats
    The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats William Butler Yeats was a man who is known for his extraordinary writings of the nineteenth century, and is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the English language. Yeats was a poet with extensive knowledge and was thought to have been born ahead of his time. Throughout his poetry and literary works he uses a combination of technique and style to express his meaningful ideas. Yeats became a pioneering poet who had a revolutionary type...
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  • Yeats Essay - 609 Words
    How does Yeats use his theory of the "gyre" to expostulate his ideas on history and why? William Butler Yeats spent years creating his theory of the universe which he described in his book titled A Vision. The theory of history that Yeats conveyed in his book focuses on the a diagram made of two conical spirals that he called gyres, one inside the other, so that the widest part of one of the spirals rings around the narrowest part of the other spiral, and vice versa. Yeats believed that these...
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  • Religion in the New Millennium - 1545 Words
    According to Cimino and Lattin’s Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium, there seem to be many changes religion in the United States will face. Religion in America as we used to view it will shift from being more traditional to being more experiential and will also use consumerism to grow and flourish. One of the main differences will be the shift from concentration on religious doctrine to that of religious and spiritual experience. Worship will also change in the new...
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  • The Ballad of Father Gilligan - 260 Words
    The Ballad of Father Gilligan - W.B. Yeats The poem takes the form of a ballad which was traditionally sung with short and regular stanzas telling a short but profoundly meaningful story. Yeats’s poems are not usually overtly religious, but this poem is one. Though Yeats was a protestant who later turned to theosophy and mysticism, this poem is Catholic in tone. Also contrary to his practice, Yeats uses an Irish word in the poem – ‘mavrone’ which in Irish is ‘mobhron’, a cry of...
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  • Life Signs - Poem and Summary By Mahapatra
    LIFE SIGNS Violence the day dims. When I open and shut my mouth the darkness chokes inside. The sad light pushes against a bullock-cart-driver's whip which rests in a corner of the corridor, safe from the black pressure of dragging ribs. a country total solar eclipse It was the drawn-out cry of day that left behind no echo, day that became meek as a frightened child. A banner of pale human skin fluttered on top of the temple of Jagannath the...
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