Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Thomas P. Walsh
Mysticism is among the great enigmas of human existence. The great religions of mankind incorporate various tenants of mysticism: the “forest seers” of ancient India recited the mystic Vedantic Hymns more than 2000 years before the birth of Christ. These hymns form the foundation of Hinduism. Buddhism, the other great eastern religion, owes its very being to the mystic experience of its founder, Guatama Buddha; and mysticism remains the very essence of it. Even the Chinese, who have been largely dominated by the pragmatic ethics exposed by Confucius, have a mystic strain springing from Lao-Tzu the founder of Taoism.
Snavely, Robert Carl, "Gerard Manley Hopkins: Mystic of metaphysical" (1966). Student Work. 3202.
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