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In other words, all of these traditions (Buddhism, Jainism ...) are otherworldly, or dualist. They donít hark back to the pre-Fall vision of the world in a complete way because they donít see the whole of the material world as the manifestation of spirit-force.
--- Does "otherworldly" mean "mysterious" here?
Of course, some people might see this belief as mysterious, but that's not what 'otherworldly' means.
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Thanks for the answer. I think I know what "dualist" means, however I'm still not sure about "otherwordly". To me it means "from a different world". So it says that these traditions are from a different world which means that they are dualist. However, the phrase "from a different world" sounds a bit strange to me?
We were writing at the same time Bob.
You wrote that "otherworldly" means 'relating to this world and another world'. In a dictionary I've found: "relating to, or characteristic of another world, especially a mystical or transcendental world".
So to me "otherwordly" means something like "from a different/another world".
of course if you've never had a class of philosophy in you life it's not more than natural that you don't understand this term.
If I say 'My Aunt Marie was very otherworldly' I don't mean she was an extra-terrestrial alien! I mean that she lived her life in a walled convent and didn't treat the things of this world as in any way important.
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