Mystical Union and Grief: The Ba‘al Shem Tov and Krishnamurti

  title={Mystical Union and Grief: The Ba‘al Shem Tov and Krishnamurti},
  author={David Aberbach},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={309 - 321}
  • D. Aberbach
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • Philosophy
  • Harvard Theological Review
The idea of mystical union with God or a higher being is universal in theological systems, although it may take many forms, metaphorical and moral as well as metaphysical. In Hinduism this concept is expressed in the saying Tat twam asi (“This is thou”); a human being, by finding his or her true immortal self (atman), becomes united with Brahman and, in so doing, achieves nirvana. In Buddhism, similarly, humans must strive to recognize the unity of all within the eternal Buddha, the dharmakaya… 
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