Jewish Spirituality & Mysticism
Judaism is a relatively ancient faith which grew up in the near
East having a man named Abraham as its traditional earthly
founding figure. Abraham migrated from Ur of the Chaldees to
Canaan under what he believed to be Divine guidance and there
established a religious community which was both monotheistic and
We have all heard of the legendary Wisdom of Solomon and
there is a "Book of Proverbs" in the Old Testament, or Jewish
scriptures, which is attributed to King Solomon's influence.
Several quotations from the Book of Proverbs exemplify the Wisdom
about Spirituality that is to be found in mystical aspects of several of the major
Sets of quotations and quotes that seem to recognise a pronounced emphasis on such
aspects of Spirituality and Mysticism as a Disdain for Materialism, a Distrust of the Intellect, a Preference for
Divine Inspiration, Charity, Purity of Heart, Humility and Meekness from each of these major World Religions
( Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh, Taoist and Vedic or Hindu ) can be accessed through our series of "Central" Spiritual Insights pages.
Please be prepared for some "soul-force" that might be held to reside within many of these quotations!!!
Disdain for material things
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that
is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Book of Proverbs 28:6
Distrust of Intellect
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall
direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD,
and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow
to thy bones.
Book of Proverbs 3:5-8
Yearning for Divine Edification
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get
understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Book of Proverbs 16:16
Purity of Heart
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as
darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Book of Proverbs 4:18-19
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
Book of Proverbs 29:23
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that
ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Book of Proverbs 16:32
Communion with God
Orthodox Judaism presents "G_d" as being a supreme power of whom Mankind should be very much in awe.
Within such a context the notion that mere mortals
can closely mystically commune with this supreme power in a way which allows said mere mortals to significantly
personally share in that divinity seems massively over ambitious and, as such, has not really been accepted.
The following linked pages are intended to fully demonstrate a degree of
Common Ground between the Inner-most Spiritual Teachings of several major World Religions on Charity, Purity of
Heart, Humility, Meekness, A Disdain for Materialism
(compared to the Spiritual), A Distrust of the Intellect (compared to Divine Inspiration) and A Yearning
for Divine Edification (or A Thirst for Spiritual Enlightenment).
These quotations are presented on a series of very brief pages where each faith is considered individually.
We have seen it as worthwhile to add
another category of quotation ~ where recognition has been given to the possibility of Mystical Communion with God ~ as this
addition may rather directly tend the range of agreement about "Core Spiritual Truths" already demonstrated
towards actually becoming something of a proof of the Existence of the one God or Spirit which is the focus of Mystical
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