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International Journal of Social Sciences
Year : 2013, Volume : 2, Issue : 2
First page : ( 141) Last page : ( 146)
Print ISSN : 2249-6637. Online ISSN : 2321-5771.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2321-5771.2.2.007

Characteristics of Mystical Experiences and Impact of Meditation

Kundi Suneetha

Department of Psychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. Email: sunikandi@yahoo.com

Online published on 13 January, 2014.

Abstract

Mystical experiences have always been studied with a sense of awe and mystery both by the laypersons as well as the scientists. Today due to advancements in Spiritual Psychology, Consciousness studies and Meditation studies, they are being explored from a scientific perspective. As a result several features, identifying criteria, and unique characteristic of these experiences have surfaced in scientific research works. The applications of spirituality have spread into such hitherto new settings like workplaces, hospitals, and educational institutions with many studies on the impact of spiritual/mystical experiences on several important variables. However, many researchers are not aware of the research studies in this emerging area. This paper attempts to present the definition, nature, characteristics, classification, effects of mystical experiences and the impact of meditation.

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Keywords

Mystical experiences, meditation, spiritual experiences, spirituality.

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