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The Universe as Symbols and Sign: An Essay on Mysticism in the Eastern Church

Nikolai Velimirovich

“Many people in the West think of the mysticism of Eastern Christianity as something unreal and imaginary, as a dreamy and vague thinking in the clouds. I will try in the following pages to prove the contrary to that opinion. Our Christian mysticism is wholly different from Buddhist mysticism just as much as it is from modern materialism. It is a vision of realities beyond and through transparent symbols and signs of the material universe. This is one of the fundamental teachings of our ancient church of Christ, based upon Scripture and the Fathers.”


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Earth, Sun and Stars as Symbols
Chapter 3. Recognition of the Truth
Chapter 4. Minerals as Symbols
Chapter 5. Plants as Symbols
Chapter 6. Animals as Symbols
Chapter 7. Recognition of the Truth
Chapter 8. Places, Things, Tools as Symbols
Chapter 9. Actions, Situations as Symbols
Chapter 10. Dreams as Signals
Chapter 11. Events as Signs
Chapter 12. Thoughts and Feelings as Sign
Chapter 13. Ordinary Happenings as Signs
Chapter 14. Natural Phenomena as Signs
Chapter 15. War, Famine as Signals
Chapter 16. Man as a Sign to Man
Chapter 17. The Signs of the End of the World
Chapter 18. Difference between Symbols & Signs
Chapter 19. Recognition of the Truth

Item Number: BKST999
Publication Data: South Canaan, PA: STS Press, 2010
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 84
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.6 cm × 13.9 cm × 0.5 cm
ISBN: 978‒1‒878997‒90‒6

$13.95 (USD)


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