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The Universe as Symbols and Signs: An Essay on Mysticism in the Eastern Church
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The Universe as Symbols and Signs: An Essay on Mysticism in the Eastern Church


St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press 2010

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Study Eastern Orthodox mysticism with this essay from St. Nikolai Velimirovic. He notes, “Many people in the West think of the mysticism of Eastern Christianity as something unreal and imaginary, yea as dreamy and vague thinking in the clouds. I am trying in the following pages to prove the contrary to that opinion. . . . It is a vision of realities beyond and through transparent symbols and signs of the material universe. . . . [O]ur mysticism is not of individual kind but collective. For our church as a whole, from the beginning on, has been mystical in its interpretation of the visible universe, things and events as well as of man’s and mankind’s life and destiny. If some of my readers would learn from this essay that mysticism of the Eastern Christian Church is nothing else but the science of the highest realities, I shall be amply rewarded.”

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Key Features

  • Presents an essay on Eastern Orthodox mysticism from an influential theologian
  • Provides insights into Orthodox spirituality
  • Discusses the collective mysticism of the Eastern Church

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About Nikolai Velimirovic

Nikolai Velimirovic (1880–1956) was an influential Serbian theologian, as well as a gifted speaker and writer. He studied at the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade, and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford, as well as a doctorate from the old-catholic faculty of theology of Berne. In 1919, he was consecrated Bishop of Žica. He is now venerated as a Saint by the Orthodox Church. Nikolai Velimirovic is also the author of Serbia in Light and Darkness, Religion and Nationality in Serbia, Prologue from Ohrid, Prayers by the Lake, Thoughts on Good and Evil, and many more titles.