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`Mysticism' is "the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God, through direct experience, intuition or insight". The International Conference "Mysticism without Bounds" makes an attempt to explore the "mystical consciousness" from different disciplines, like religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, etc.), sciences (biology, new physics, neuroscience, and logic), humanities (philosophy, theology, spirituality, psychology, etc.), and art forms (poetry, music, dance, visual arts and rituals).
Researches reveal that certain common grounds do exist among the various forms of consciousness, scattered among the world's religions, theologies, sciences, philosophies and art forms. The discovery of such points of convergence holds out the possibility of creating a `new worldview', and this new world view can create an awareness of the essential `unity' of humanity. Let these scholarly papers, presented from different domains of art and poetry, help the inquisitive readers to discover this essential unity, which is often conceived and interpreted in terms of `God-experience' with its basis within non-phenomenal self, and a unity that promises the unity of all experiences within the phenomenal world.
1. A Note from the Editor / Dr. Kurian Kachappilly, CMI
2. Presidential Address : "Mysticism without Bounds" / Rev. Jose Panthaplamthottiyil, CMI
3. Leonard Cohen's Poiesis : Toward the Unified Heart Where all Bounds Fade Away / Dr. Alexandra Pleshoyano
4. Negative Memory, Art and the World Peace / Dr. Ignatius Bambang Sugiharto
5. Confronting God `As Such' : Between Poetry and Phenomenology in the `Mysticism' of Derrida / Dr. Colby Dickinson
6. Identifying the Mystical in Literature : Space versus Place in the Works of Willa Cather / Ms. Elisabeth Bayley
7. "The Moon won't use the Door/Only the Window" : Mystical Romance and the Construction of Voice in the Poems of Jelaludeen Rumi / Dr. Jayanthi Kalpally Puthiyaveetil
8. Music and Mysticism : The Emergence of Musical Meaning / Dr. Marlies de Munck
9. Bauls, Mystic Minstrels of Bengal : Builders of a New Tomorrow in the Realm of Global Music / Dr. Sanchita Choudhury
10. `Art and Mysticism' : Space as an Aesthetic Predicate / Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal
11. Mysticism and Art : Beyond Abstraction and Empathy / Dr. Stephane Symons
12. Visualisation through Poetry : Concept of Spirituality and God in The Prophet / Ms. Winnie Jagadamma Panicker
14. Index of Names
15. Index of Themes
About the Author : -
Dr. Kurian Kachappilly is the Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the DVK, Bangalore, India; and Associate Director, Research Centre, Christ University, Bangalore, India. He holds Master's Degrees in English Literature and Psychology, and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Bangalore University, Bangalore; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium; Fakultaet fuer Informatik and Wirtschaftsinformatik, Wuerzburg, Germany; the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, the Philippines; and other institutions.
He is the Executive Editor of Tattva, Journal of Philosophy, Christ University, Bangalore; a Member of the International Advisory Board, Process Studies, Claremont, USA; a Member of the Pontifical Organization, Militia Christi, and a Member of the Governing Board, International Process Network (IPN). Dr. Kachappilly is a prolific writer with several books and many scientific articles to his credit. Some of the books include God of Love Revisited(1998), Between Partners (1999), Word of God Retold (2001), God of Love : A Neoclassical Inquiry (2002), God-Talk Reconstructed : An Introduction to Philosophy of God (2006), Process : Implications and Applications (2006), etc. His major areas of research are `Indian Roots of Process Philosophy', `Whitehead and Philosophical Doctrines of Buddhism', `Innovative Experiments in Pedagogy', `Religion vis a vis Society', `Inquiry into Religious Experience' and `Corporate Social Responsibility'.