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Mysticism is the union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect. It may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender. It is also realized as an active and passive process. Mysticism is also described as a faculty and tendency that is instinctive and inherent to all persons. It leads the individual towards knowledge, love, meaning, serenity, hope, transcendence, wellness and wholeness. Mysticism is one's character or quality that makes one rise above and go beyond the barriers of worldliness, caste, creed and sensuality and become conscious of one's union with the Truth. The present paper aims to explore the traits of mysticism in R.K. Narayan’s novel The Guide.
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