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Ecstasy

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Author(s): Stephen Hirtenstein
Ecstasy ( wajd), an overwhelming and heightened state of awareness, usually of joyful intoxication and wonderment, specifically associated with an experience of mystical self-transcendence, or a whole range of emotive responses to an encounter with the divine. Sometimes this experience leads to ecstatic utterances which are shocking or even heretical to the ordinary mind (see below: Ecstatic Speech).The Definitions of EcstacyThe English word ‘ecstasy’ derives from the Greek ekstasis ( εκστασις), ‘standing outside oneself’ or ‘displacement beyond the normal state o…
Date: 2018-09-19