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Miniature of Guru Nanak from Astronomical treatise.jpg|thumb|200px|Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana]] Mysticism is the belief that people can directly experience God or true reality, rather than through books, ritual or other people. People who practice this are called mystics.

Mystics exist within most religions, though not all people who practice religions are mystics. Mystics may experience visions or dreams, or hear God as a voice.

Hindu mystics

Some examples of Hindu mystics:

Sri Ramakrishna

Christian mystics

Some examples of Christian mystics:

St. John the Apostle (? -101)
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
St. Gregory I (590-604)
John of the Cross
George Fox (1624-1691)
William Blake (1757-1827)
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Islamic mystics

Islamic Mysticism is known as Tassawuf (or Sufism) and a detailed list of Muslim Sufi mystics is given on the Sufism page.

Jewish mystics

Some examples of Jewish mystics:

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)

Buddhist mystics

Some examples of Buddhist mystics:

Siddhartha Gautama (563 BC-483 BC)
Bodhidharma (440-528)

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