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Philosophy and Psychology

Nature volume 140, page 636 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



A BOOK on Oriental mysticism—which being traditional is essentially sound—is nowadays of an actual as well as of a general interest. Europe is suffering to-day from crude and brutal mysticisms ; obsessed by an apparently overpowering need of spiritual surrender ; the desire for a crazy submission to 'leaders' with a false mythological halo and a perverted racial or nationalistic background. The understanding of how this mental attitude has come upon us in our Western world, what it means, and what it portends for the future, is perhaps the most vital problem of modern social science.

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