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It is not enough to lie in the grass on a warm summer's day and feel transfused with joy, but is this a mystical sense of union with either God or the One? R. C. Zaehner goes further, and in an attempt to isolate 'strictly religious mysticism', including Hindu, Christian and Muslim, he firmly excludes nature mysticism since he considers that mysticism necessarily implies exclusion of the world: The whole purpose of the exercise is to concentrate on an ultimate reality to the complete exclusion of all else; and by all 'else' is meant the phenomenal world.
Bees collect the juices from different trees and reduce them to unity so that they cannot distinguish whether they are the juice of this tree or that. So when creatures merge into Being, they do not know what individuals they were formerly. Similarly, when rivers flow into the sea they do not know their former individuality, but they become that Being. This unity, indeed identity, of the soul and divine Being, was called a-dvaita, non-duality, not-twoness. Western scholars have termed it monism, meaning that there is only one truly existent being.
Hence matter and spirit are bound together in a mysticism of union with the whole of existence, which is a participation in rather than a withdrawal from the world. So the Upanishadic mystic cries out in ecstasy, in one of the rare personal statements: Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I am food! I am food! I am food! I am an eater of food . . I am a maker of verses. . 129. 33 MYSTICISM IN T H E WORLD'S RELIGIONS I am earlier than the gods. . I, who am food, eat the eater of food! 3 The Upanishads seek for a single principle as the changeless ground of the universe.