First of all, I must explain that this young man, Alyosha, was not a fanatic, and, in my opinion at least, was not even a mystic.
I shall be told, perhaps, that red cheeks are not incompatible with fanaticism and mysticism; but I fancy that Alyosha was more of a realist than any one.
He was perhaps predisposed to mysticism.
I’d take all that mystic stuff and suppress it, once for all, all over Russia, so as to bring all the fools to reason.
I’ll knock that mysticism out of her, thought I!
He could restrain himself on occasion, and in his relations with the teachers he never overstepped that last mystic limit beyond which a prank becomes an unpardonable breach of discipline.
Much on earth is hidden from us, but to make up for that we have been given a precious mystic sense of our living bond with the other world, with the higher heavenly world, and the roots of our thoughts and feelings are not here but in other worlds.
Two or three people clapped their hands at the mention of chauvinism and mysticism.
And about mysticism, too!
I have heard you are a mystic and have been in the monastery.
I know you are a mystic, but …. that hasn’t put me off.
What do you mean by mystic?
Then it will be real Christian work, not only mystic, but rational and philanthropic….
I fancied, too, that you were not expressing your own ideas," Alyosha answered serenely and modestly, but Kolya interrupted him hotly: "Come, you want obedience and mysticism.
Religion and the Gospel are corrected—that’s all mysticism, we are told, and ours is the only true Christianity which has been subjected to the analysis of reason and common sense.
But this is, so to say, the mystical meaning which I cannot comprehend with my intellect, but can only accept by faith, or, better to say, on faith, like many other things which I do not understand, but which religion bids me believe.
’Drive nature out of the door and it will fly in at the window,’ and, above all, let us not be afraid of words, but decide the question according to the dictates of reason and humanity and not of mystic ideas.
Father, show me that I must love you,’ and if that father is able to answer him and show him good reason, we have a real, normal, parental relation, not resting on mystical prejudice, but on a rational, responsible and strictly humanitarian basis.
For my part I wish the excellent and gifted young man every success; I trust that his youthful idealism and impulse towards the ideas of the people may never degenerate, as often happens, on the moral side into gloomy mysticism, and on the political into blind chauvinism—two elements which are even a greater menace to Russia than the premature decay, due to misunderstanding and gratuitous adoption of European ideas, from which his elder brother is suffering.
"Oh, drop mysticism, do!" cried some one else; "think of Ippolit and his fate from this day forth.
(i) Of Hell and Hell Fire, a Mystic Reflection Fathers and teachers, I ponder, "What is hell?"
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She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
She is a mystic who claims to be able to both talk to the dead and see into the future.