Mystical Night (of the Sufis)
It was believed by the Sufis that to attain the coveted state
of mystical contemplation, it was necessary to close the gateway
of the physical senses, so that the inner or spiritual senses
might operate more freely.
This injunction was sometimes taken literally, as by the
Brahmin Yogis, who carefully closed eyes, ears, nose, and
mouth in order to attain visionary ecstasy.
The Mystical Night was thus a shutting out of all external
sense impressions—of hope, fear, consciousness of self, and
every human emotion—so that the interior light might be more
clearly perceived. (See also meditation; yoga)

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