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Invocarea numelui divinității în rugăciune. Isihasm vs. mistica Bhakti
Invoking the name of the deity in prayer. Isihasm vs. Bhakti mysticism

Author(s): Gheorghe Mihalache
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Eastern Orthodoxy, Other Christian Denominations
Published by: Editura Doxologia
Keywords: prayer; divine name; hesychasm; mysticism; Bakhti Mysticism; Christianity;
Summary/Abstract: The divine name or the name of the divinity represents a cardinal element of particular importance for a religious system. The invocation of the divine name legitimizes the relationship that the Divinity has with the one who recognizes it as the source and target of his spiritual becoming. Hesychasm, characterized by withdrawal and the practice of prayer of the heart, can be for contemporary man a testimony of the presence of divine grace in the life of the world. As for Eastern Christianity, hesychasm created a school of spiritual vision, by saying the name of the Named Son of God, in the Far East, a testimony of the relationship with the divine, by saying his name in chants, is Bakhti Mysticism. Our approach aims to identify the differences and similarities between the practice of uttering the name of Jesus Christ, as an essential element in Hesychasm, and the practice of invoking the name of divinities promoted within Bakhti Mysticism.

  • Page Range: 175-186
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: Romanian