Eastern and Western Mysticism: Love, Body and Soul in the Poetry of Shah Latif and Walt Whitman


The present research is aimed at unsnarling the foundations of Eastern and Western world via their very philosophies and belief systems. Mysticism a ruling philosophy has different meanings and sources of attainment in both the poles of the world. The research brings forth the clash of body and soul, abstract and concrete, senses and spirit, physical and spiritual love as key notions and points of differences. To highlight the difference between the Eastern and Western Mysticism, poetry of two representative mystics of the East and West i.e. Shah Latif and Walt Whitman respectively, has been used which truly project the difference in their ideals and sources of mystical experience. The research aims to explore the effects and impacts of the nature of mysticism on both parts of the world. It presents material development of the West as the consequence or result of the significance of materialism and bodily pleasures in the very roots of their philosophies like Mysticism. Western mysticism exhibits physical love while Eastern Mysticism holds universal love and welfare of the whole humanity as fundamental part of their mystical concept while West is interested in their own betterment and advancement. Their humanity and human love is confined to their own land . Love according to Eastern mysticism does not discriminate. It knows no boundaries, territories and geographical limitations. The present research successfully displays via poetry of Whitman who is solely interested in Americans while Shah Latif vows for the whole humanity considering all, to be the creation of his Lord

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