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The Explanation of Introvertive and Extrovertive Mystical Experience

Stace points out a connection between such an interpretation and pantheism, but the point with regard to Oneness is that what the body can do and experience, in physical or mental states of subtle vibration, is what the experience of universe is as well. That is the source of Vivekananda's statement that "even in the universe of thought we find unity; and at last, when we get to the Self, we know that the Self can only be one. . . . Even in manifested motion there is only unity" (Vivekananda 595). The objective experience, or resolution, of all of this, is called prana, and Vivekananda asserts that prana can be variously quiescent or energized, which implies that the individual can practice, control, or spontaneously enter mystic states of consciousness. The resulting relationship with the world is to regard whatever seems phenomenally other than oneself as identified or even identical with oneself. Vivekananda says that the "infinite ocean of energy . . . is the common birthright of every being" (597). Thus the individual ego can merge with whatever is other, and that experience of unity is both beyond reason and a product of mental processes. It is a statement of unconditional positive regard for the universe of experience, and it can be compared to Stace's description of mystical experience as a perception at once of the "multiplicity of the universe" and the oneness of all things (Stace 68). Elsewhere Stace refers to "transcendence of the distinction between subject and object, that union with the life of all things, or with God . . . neither simple identity nor simple difference but identity in difference" (Stace 72).

Shyam finds oneness in emptiness more than in substance, and his focus is more on pure consciousness than on the phenomenal world. And whereas Vivekananda sees the oneness of matter as ever changing, Shyam sees oneness, in its character as Ultimate Reality, as unchanging. This is consistent with Stace's description...

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