NdJ Enneada Vi Ix Xi

Hinduism of the Upanishads and the advaita Vedanta identify the pure ego with the Universal or Cosmic Self (Brahman or

the Absolute) and that Mahavsna Buddhism uses the concept

of Sunyata or the pure Void for the same basic experience.

According to Stace, orthodox Islam, Christianity and Judaism have emphasized the transcendence of God and condemned pantheism or identity with God as heresy. Their mystical treiditions reflect this emphasis and regard the experience of unity as something less than iderfity with God.'?* In the Sufi mysticism of Islam, fsna (passing away or melting away into the Infinite) is correlative to baga, "which means the survival in God of the soul which has experience fana." Orthodox Christian mysticism uses such terms as union with God, the Divine Unity, or spiritual marriage, but is careful to qualify such statements with the explanation that "the individual Soul does not wholly.pass away into God, but remains a distinct entity."73 stace regards Judaism'as the least mystical of all the great world religions. Judaism

~b*Stsce, op. cit., p. 120. 7~┬░Ibld.. pp. 107-109. 7xIbld.. p. 113.

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