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Mysticism Sacred and Profane
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Author(s) :
R.C. Zaehner
Pages :
256
Pub Date :
1961
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Publisher :
Oxford University Press
ISBN :
0195002296
REVIEWS, EXCERPTS, & COMMENTS #
BACK COVER #
In this book, first published in 1957, Professor Zaehner analyzes various types of praeternatural experiences ranging from the sensations produced by such drugs as mescalin to the mystical states described by the Christian and Muslim mystics and the various schools of mystical thought in India.

BLURBS #
"Utilizing sacred texts, together with the psychology of Jung, the poetry of Rimbaud, the manic states of at least one of his friends, and an experience of his own with mescalin, he distinguishes sharply between monistic mysticism on the one hand and theistic mysticism on the other."
-- Saturday Review

"The distinctions which Professor Zaehner draws are valid and valuable . . . his learning in so many fields, both Eastern and Western, enriches everywhere his argument."
-- Times Literary Supplement

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) / EDITOR(S) #
Mr. Zaehner is Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of Zurvan, A Zoroastrian Dilemma; At Sundry Times; and Teachings of the Magi, and editor of The Concise Encyclopaedia of Living Faiths.