Mysticism is defined as the acceptance that union with or absorption into the Deity or the Absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through self-surrender.
Mysteries and Mystics
A mystery is something that is not understood. A mystic is someone who understands it. A mystic understands the mysteries through direct experience, direct perception, union with the Absolute. By “direct” I mean without any means. In other words, without using the senses and the mind.
This experience is of an entirely different nature than what we commonly experience in ordinary life. It is not something that is learned, it is not psychic or intuitive, nor is it dream, imagination or fantasy. It is Truth. To put it more poetically, one has heard the Word of God, or one has seen God face to face. Those who have unknowingly surrendered to their own minds may mistakenly think that they have had this experience, but those self-honest practitioners who have experienced Truth directly, will know.
How to Become a Mystic
One might ask, But how do I do this? How can I have this direct experience and become a mystic? The answer is simple: meditate.
Through authentic yoga meditation (meditation aimed at Divine Union), one sets the stage for this event to take place. You may not be able to make it happen, but you can put yourself in the way of it by establishing a regular meditation practice. If you do this one thing and commit yourself to it, you will have this experience. You may have it tomorrow or you may have it years from now, but you will have it.
The simplest, easiest and most efficient meditation practice for reaching this goal is Surrender Meditation. Surrender Meditation is a descriptive term for Sahaja Yoga (natural union), shaktipat kundalini yoga, which begins with shaktipat diksha. Once this meditation practice begins, all you need to do to keep it going is to walk into your meditation room as instructed in the initiation. Everything else will be taken care of.
Final Form Teachings
People usually begin meditating with many preconceived ideas and misunderstandings about meditation, and have many expectations based on the assumptions produced by these misunderstandings. One source of this is the “final form” teachings found in ancient mystical writings, or scriptures.
Final form teachings are often taken as instructions for what to do in order to do things right, to meditate correctly, or to make spiritual progress. You might assume, for instance, that you are doing something wrong if you are not having the experiences as written in these texts. This is not true. Final form teachings are exactly that: they are final. Given in this manner, a final form is an esoteric teaching.
There are myriad shades of gray between the beginning of sadhana (practice) and the final form of any aspect of sadhana. It is the manner in which such teachings are communicated to us that hold the key to understanding that aspect at any stage.
What many people do not realize is that scriptures consist of multi-layered teachings meant for addressing progress at many stages. Teachings directed toward more experienced practitioners are going to be hidden in the text. Also, some mystical texts are written specifically for those who have already advanced sufficiently to be getting the teachings they contain. These will be esoteric, coded.
Experience is needed in order to decode the mysteries. A scholarly approach is not enough. Where do you get this experience? Same answer: meditation.
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