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AND ASURIC FORMS OF MYSTICISM
good mystics can be so blinded by their idealism and
otherworldliness that others can manipulate them for worldly aims.
Such a "naive saint" can be used as an image of holiness
to justify religious aggression by the church or religious order. In
addition, even if the attainments of a mystic are entirely
wholesome, his teaching can be misunderstood and distorted by his
This usually begins after the death
of the mystic but sometimes its starts while he is still alive.
Disciples of great teachers may not themselves be great and can
become fanatics of another type, warring with one another for
control of the teacher's memory and the resources of his
organization. They may use the image of the great teacher to further
their own private ambitions or to promote their own personal
This is quite common when religions
become institutions or gain government or military patronage.
Misguided followers can turn a spiritual teaching aimed at
self-development into a religious ideology aimed at world