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Medieval Mysticism of India


flowed on. A wonderful feature of this has
been that it does not glide along any embank-
ment of scriptural sanctions, and the influence
of scholasticism on it, if any, is very small.
In fact, this sddhana has mostly been unscrip-
tural and not controlled by social laws of any
kind. Its spring is within the innermost
heart of the people whence it has gushed
forth in its spontaneity and broken through
the barriers of rules, prescriptive as well as
proscriptive.
Most of the persons from whose heart this
spring has come forth belong to the masses and
whatever they have realised and expressed
was 'not by means of intellect or much learn-
ing of the sacred lore' (na medhayd na bahun"
srutena).
If we could visualise the historical deve-
lopment of this sddhana Vve should discover
where the living history of India exists. Then
we might know after what ideal India has
moved on from one period of her history to
another, and how far she has realised that
ideal. The long course, which the stream of
India's cherished ideal has followed through
the ages, has been traced in these lectures in all
its major and minor branches by my esteemed
colleague and friend, Professor Kshitimohan
FOREWORD iii
Sen. We have seen how deeply true is this
stream and how essentially it is India's
own. The natural genius for sddhand which
is latent in the Indian people has been
discovered in these lectures by Prof. Sen.
The line of development, which iis expres-
sion has taken amidst different internal
and external obstacles, has been sketched in
this work. We still expect to see at some
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