Author and director at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Connell Monette has completed the second edition of his book, Mysticism in the 21st Century. This updated edition includes new chapters focusing on African Traditional, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Sufism, Tantra, Witchcraft and Yoga. I am pleased to report that the Tantra section is devoted to the International Nath Order and offers a closer look and scholarly treatment of the INO’s history, primary concepts and principles. Highly recommended for anyone looking into the INO and contemporary mysticism in general. Well referenced and revealing, this book is suitable for both personal interest and college level course work. The individual chapters of the book give us a closer look at each subject, which are covered with clarity and impressive depth. Forward to Mysticism in the 21st Century, written by our friend and author Dr. Robert Svoboda.
“A mystic tradition can be considered a path or school of spirituality in which ones seeks a direct, personal experience of the Divine Presence – in whatever form that may be – without barriers or intermediaries. Perhaps it could be said that while religions offer believers a system of belief, mystic traditions offer practitioners a system of experience.”