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The Nature and Genesis of Religious Experience

Deepa Das (Author)
Synopsis That religious experiences are an integral part of human life is evident from the fact that they have occurred in all places and at all times. Based on this premise the book attempts at making a comprehensive enquiry into/analysis of the nature and genesis of religious experiences. The focus is on religious experiences in general. While it emphasizes on the explicit forms of religious experiences like mysticism and revelation they are treated as phenomenon and not as occurrences specific to any religion or creed. Essentially, this book provides a broad perspective and penetrating understanding of the nature of religious experiences which shows how these experiences are not always spontaneously received but may also be cultivated. It brings to the fore the interaction between mystical experience, on the one hand, and ‘set’ and ‘setting’ on the other; set meaning personal predilections and ‘setting’ the other than personal, i.e., physical, social, hereditary and cultural surroundings. The place of psychological bases and extra-mental agents like psychedelic drugs and music (Hindustani Classical Music) that may instigate religious experiences have been explored as both of them have occupied a significant position in most religions. The question of expression of religious experiences comprises the concluding part of the enquiry.
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About the author

Deepa Das

Deepa Das is presently Project Officer at the Women's Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, where she has been working since 1987. Prior to joining the Centre she worked with a non-governmental organisation. She has had her education in Assam and worked for her doctorate at the Banaras Hindu University. Dr. Das got associated with developmental work and has since concentrated in the areas of women and development, training of functionaries of voluntary organisations, public sector bodies, institutions for women, etc. She has published a couple of research papers on the issue of prostitution. During 1990-91 she was awarded the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship when she spent a semester at the Women's Studies Programme, Virginla Polytechnic Institute and State University and studied the support services for women by organisations within and outside academic institutions in the United States.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Nature and Genesis of Religious Experience
Author Deepa Das
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204216
length xv+290p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History