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THE SAINT: has successfully carried out ascetic disciplines and purificatory regimes for devotional purposes.

THE PROPHET: has listened for God's voice, heard and communicated God's message of prediction, warning, or counsel.

THE MYSTIC: has intimately experienced God's presence while inwardly rapt in contemplation or has seen a vision of God's cosmogony while concentrated in meditation.

THE SAGE: has attained the same results as all these three, has added a knowledge of infinite and eternal reality thereto, and has brought the whole into balanced union.

THE PHILOSOPHER: is a sage who has also engaged in the spiritual education of others.


-- Perspectives > Chapter 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > # 41






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