Spring 2024

Love and Mysticism

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-123


Monika Brodnicka (Section 01)


This course introduces students to the notion of love in mystical traditions. Rather than moving outward, mystical love leads to an inner proficiency represented by the higher Self. For some traditions, love participates directly as a guide toward enlightenment, playing an important if not an essential part in the attainment of the highest stages of oneness. For others, love is applied to the mystical path in order to see the way more clearly, helping to reveal the dynamics in the spiritual practices. To grasp these possibilities, students will read excerpts from mystical texts that address the notion of love as well as novels written by experienced, initiated, or enlightened authors that complement these treatises. Through these texts, we will examine questions such as: What is mystical love and how is it expressed? What is the difference between love as an instrument and as a medium in spiritual practice? How does this phenomenon apply to our lives?

Spring semester. Professor Brodnicka.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on writing, readings, oral presentations, creative projects, and group work.

RELI 123 - LEC

Section 01
M 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM BARR 102
W 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM BARR 102


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2024