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The privatisation of mysticism - the New Age Shadow

The privatisation of mysticism - that is, the increasing tendency to locate the mystical in the psychological realm of personal experiences - serves to exclude it from political issues such as social justice. Mysticism thus comes to be seen as a personal matter of cultivating inner states of tranquility and equanimity, which, rather than serving to transform the world, reconcile the individual to the status quo by alleviating anxiety and stress.


King, Richard (2002),Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and "The Mystic East", Routledge


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