An article in Newsweek states that scientists have long known that epileptics often feel spiritual ecstasy during seizures.(November l7,l997) It further identifies the region of this ecstasy as the limbic region of the brain, home of emotions , religious feelings and some seizures. We also know that those under the influence of drugs claim similar ecstasy, not to mention the flora and fauna of pathological events that also claim such ecstasy. How can we separate the two, the true religious ecstasy from the induced one; the true mystical experience from the pathological? And more to the point, is there any true description of mystical ecstasy we can understand as a human event, namely, capable of being captured by our own experience?

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