Since the beginning of man’s existence man has been questing for the ultimate Truth and for the Absolute Reality – or in religious terms : for God.
It is the “yearning for the «unified Being»”. The “Unio Mystica”.
Forty Mystics have been presented by the Riedberg Museum at Zurich, Switzerland in the year 2012. They belong to the great European and Asian religions. Their testimonial of spiritual experiences are from a period of over 2.000 years. But all of them in common is the striving for the unity with the Divine.
Mystics of the Great World Religions
Link in German to the article in the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung :
and to the expostition in general :
All saints and mystics in Christianity have conquered the dragon. St. Beatus of the Lake of Thun did so, too.
On the spiritual path, the slaying of the dragon is the last act before liberation. This is real martial art and requires war tecniques.
St. Beatus of the Lake of Thun (died 112)
Dionysius the Areopagite (around 500)
St. Anthony the Great (around 251 − 356)
John Climacus (around 575 − after 650)
Gregory Palamas (1296 − 1359)
St. Bernhard of Clairvaux (1090 − 1153)
Francis of Assisi (around 1181 − 1226)
Mechthild of Magdeburg (around 1207 − 1282)
Meister Eckhart (around 1260 − 1328)
Henry Suso (around 1295 − 1366)
Anne of Ramschwag (died around 1343)
Adelheid Pfefferhartin (around 1350)
Nicholas of Flue – Brother Klaus (1417 − 1487)
Dionise Hid Divinite (late 14th century)
John of the Cross (1542 − 1591)
Jacob Boehme (1575 − 1624)
I would have liked a more inspiring and more touching description of their lives. The book is quite objective and scientifically on distance. However, 700 Saints or saintly personages all from Switzerland – lots lived as hermit – are presented!
Schweizer Heiligenlegende – Sie lebten das Evangelium
477 pages, 88 full-page display, 199 illustations
Euro 3,95 !!
We do not need any Master nor a Guru. The mere believe in a person does not lead to salvation.
But: A Master ...
There are and there have always been two forms to approach God as a monk or nun. One is to live in the community of a monastery or nunnery, the other is to live as a hermit. Both ways have in common the separation of oneself from worldly life ; a precondition to enter into silence.
In a monastery one lives in a mini world : friends, superiors and work to maintain the community still exists.
He has been living the contemplative life of a hermit monk in caves in the Himalayan mountains for 25 years. He shares the ancient teachings transmitted in the successive line of teachers in the mystic tradition of India. The wisdom he has gained reflects in his gentle way of teaching, causing one to reflect and gain insight towards spiritual awakening.
Next talks at Tallahassee, Florida.
Have a look at the book shop.
Some people are looking for “their” Guru.
He lived more than 500 years ago at Flüeli-Ranft, close to Sachseln in the Central Swiss area. His extraordinary charisma combined with a strong life force still attracts many people and fills them with enthusiasm.
My Lord and my God,
take everything from me that keeps me from Thee.
My Lord and my God,
give everything to me that brings me near to Thee.
My Lord and my God,
take me away from myself
and give me completely to Thee.
Niklaus von Flüe
The place (de, en, fr)
His life (de, fr, it)
In 1967 she secluded herself in a remote cave, 13'200 feet (4'000 m) up in the Himalayas, cut off from the world by mountains and snow. There she engaged in twelve years of intense Buddhist meditation. She grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditations box, tree-feet square (90 cm) – she never lay down. Her goal was to attain enlightenment as a woman.
See also The Great Retreat, Tenzin Palmo, and her video in the download area.
The book "Cave in the Snow" tells the story of Jetsunma; the main purpose is not to give spiritual knowledge. Conclusion: Enlightenment is not only for men but also for women (chapter 6, 11 and 13). Nor Buddhism (ch. 12) nor a cave (ch. 16) is a prerequisite for enlightenment. What
counts is to put the received teachings into practice.