chapter  2
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MYSTICISM AND INDIAN SPIRITUALITY

WithKAREL WERNER

Although the term mysticism is of Western origin, it has been used in the context of Indian spiritual tradition both by European and Indian authors, often without any attempt to define it. This is perhaps because there is, after all, a certain broad consensus about its meaning among most scholars concerned with religious studies despite the ambiguity of the term as it is frequently exhibited in its popular usage and sometimes also in academic works: we have seen on previous pages how broadly the term is employed for example by Scharfstein.