Interfaith Dialogue and Mystical Consciousness

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This article focuses on the meeting of faith traditions—interfaith dialogue—from the perspective of mystical consciousness. In doing so, it aims to understand the dynamics and potentialities of interfaith mysticism. The contribution of this article to religious studies, in combination with theological inquiry, is threefold: first, it illuminates how the Trinity is directly experienced in interfaith contexts; second, it provides an interfaith framework which accounts for the possibilities, complexity, and challenges of interfaith encounters; third, it shows how Gavin Flood’s three orders of discourse—traditions’ experience and texts, interpretation within traditions, and academic inquiry—can be applied to the study of interfaith mysticism, employing a phenomenological emphasis on hermeneutics. The inquiry is located within the context of representatives of Hindu mystical consciousness (Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo) and the Christian interfaith tradition (Le Saux, Griffiths, Steindl-Rast), in conversation with Raimon Panikkar’s and Francis X. Clooney’s approaches to inter-religious studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591–620
Number of pages30
JournalHarvard Theological Review
Issue number4
Early online date9 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2022


  • Inter-religious studies
  • Interfaith relations
  • Hindu-Christian dialogue
  • Hinduism
  • Yoga
  • Mysticism
  • Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • Sri Aurobindo (Aurobindo Ghose)


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