Whether one is in India or England, some say that the goal of human life and of philosophy is to realize the mystical return of the soul to the Source, or God, to go back home, to become one’s original self.
There is indeed in the human soul a natural desire for, an aspiration towards the highest truth, the absolute truth, and the highest, the infinite good. We know by experience and reason that the knowledge and enjoyment of created things cannot give the fullness of truth and the perfection of beatitude which will completely satisfy our desires and aspirations. There is in our soul a capacity for more truth and perfection than we can ever acquire through the knowledge of created things.
Mysticism, (From myein, to initiate) according to its etymology, implies a relation to mystery. In philosophy, Mysticism is either a religious tendency and desire of the human soul towards an intimate union with the Divinity, or a system growing out of such a tendency and desire. As a philosophical system, Mysticism considers as the end of philosophy the direct union of the human soul with the Divinity through contemplation and love, and attempts to determine the processes and the means of realizing this end. This contemplation, according to Mysticism, is not based on a merely analogical knowledge of the Infinite, but as a direct and immediate intuition of the Infinite. According to its tendency, it may be either speculative or practical, as it limits itself to mere knowledge or traces duties for action and life; contemplative or affective, according as it emphasizes the part of intelligence or the part of the will. (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10663b.htm)
One could say the word Mysticism is another word for Yoga, particularly Bhakti Yoga, where the soul is lead toward an ecstatic union with the Source, or God, through a process or practice of loving devotional service, contemplation or adoration. The original self is apparently revealed in its eternal relationship with the Divine; indeed the epitome of Mysticism.
As stated in the book “The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom” By Mark Amaru Pinkham, (p309) “New Age meditation technology (audio and video) unites the polarity by balancing and uniting the left (male) with the right (female) hemispheres of the brain. Normally the two hemispheres are out of synch with each other and produce dissimilar brain wave patterns. By sending rhythmic signals through the auricular and optic nerves, one can synchronise the patterns of both hemispheres and thereby unite them. When the hemispheres are united, the entire brain commences to produce theta brain wave patterns, a process normally achieved through deep meditation aimed at union with Spirit.”
So in conclusion, it seems that life is ultimately perfected when we simply get ourselves together – whether by ancient Taoist, Yogic or Mystical techniques, or by modern brain enhancement and stimulation – and in a centred, balanced way become tuned to channel our highest capacity…thus attaining the ultimate insights.