Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Past and present beliefs or Index

Mystical Night, The


This is a concept believed by the worshippers of Sufism. The mystical night defines a state in which all sensory perception is blocked out in order to achieve mystical contemplation. This idea has sometimes been taken literally as for example by the Brahmin Yogis, who carefully closed off the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth to attain visionary ecstasy. The essence of the concept is that it is necessary to shut off all physical sensory input in order that the inner or spiritual senses might operate more freely. This essentially means the shutting out of all external sense impressions such as hope, fear, consciousness of self, and every human emotion so the interior light or vision may be seen more clearly. A.G.H.


Source: 81, 297.

Home    Alchemy    Ancient Beliefs    Buddhism    Christianity    Demonology    Divination    Goddess and witchcraft    Great Mysteries    Hinduism    Islam     Judaism    Magic    Neo-paganism    Other    Paranormal    Past and present Beliefs    People    Religions and sects    Rituals and texts    Shamanism    Stones    Theosophy African Mythology    Asian Mythology    Buddha Mythology    Egyptian Mythology    Greco-Roman Mythology    Greek Mythology    Hindu Mythology    Native American    Persian Mythology    Roman Mythology    South American Mythology