Voici un texte (en anglais, désolée pour les francophones : voyez Babel Fish ou Google pour traduire) qui explique ce qu'est au juste un mystique. Ce texte est disponible sous forme de "note" pour les visiteurs de Mystica Shrine to the Mystic's Masters :
A Mystic is a person who practices mysticism. Alternatively, mystics can be considered metaphysicians, philosophers, or thinkers who are more similar to the Greek root of the word philosopher - philosophos - meaning lover of wisdom than the present day meaning of philosopher. The primal difference between a mystic and a present day philosopher would be that a mystic works towards spiritual fulfillment where as a present day philosopher in some sense works towards academic recognition, i.e. their motivation for their chosen paths are different. A mystic just as every other thinker, wants to help make a difference in the world, but understands the limitations of language. A true mystic then tries to approach the situation by being mystical and hence truthful to himself in his actions.
When we use the word reality it is in itself an oxymoron, as in the above definition where realities (the plural) is used. Two equivalent definitions of reality are (1) The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence, or (2) That which exists objectively and in fact. The two uses of the word are contradictory hence making the above definition of a mystic a one sided view. Adding to the confusion, Mysticism is often confused with spiritualism or astrology.
This is better expressed in Okakura Kakuzo's words. “The ancient sages (mystics) never put their teachings in systematic form. They spoke in paradoxes, for they were afraid of uttering half-truths. They began by talking like fools and ended by making their hearers wise." Good examples of western mystics are William Blake and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Good examples of eastern mystics are Lao Tze and Swami Vivekananda
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