I am fascinated by the possibility of intelligent life arising and developing elsewhere in the Cosmos.

How would these other beings conceive of mysticism, the concept of enlightenment? Would they have their poets of advaitic non-duality? Would they have stern Zen masters who tease their rational consciousness with impossible koans? Would they have mystics who sing of the union with the beloved, in the manner of Rumi?

Or would the enlightened state seem normal to them? Might they, in turn, aspire to something even higher, which our consciousness cannot even conceive of?


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