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Philosophic mysticism adopts the external form of ordinary mysticism for most of these exercises, but contains a superior innermost core. Whereas the ordinary mystic exercises in their lower phases aim at rendering the mind concentrated and undistracted and in their higher phases seek to know either the self or "God," the philosophic exercises are expanded into contemplations of the infinity of being and the universality of consciousness. Thus the latter are all-embracing whereas the former are limited. The ultimate result of the former is peace but of the latter, enlightenment as well as peace.


-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 22






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