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I think the answer to the questions surrounding 'otherness' or as Aldous Huxley saw it, 'the antipodes of our minds' - and our suggested a accessability to these dimensions of existence centre around our own preconceptions of how spirituality, divinity, and otherness are defined. A rigid definition will yield rigid outcomes - both negative and positive, an open frame of thought is far more beneficial in the search for an outcome that lessens the feeling of not knowing all there is to be known
All interpretations of the universe and its nature (spirituality, divinity, and otherness) are dependent upon mind. Buddhism, which is very realistically an outgrowth of a certain aspect of Hinduistic thought (Sidhartha Guatama a.k.a Buddah, was a Hindu. Many of the demi-gods and goddesses represented in the lore of Buddhism are transpositions or exact allusions of Hindu dieties), Buddhism clearly states that all suffering (which includes confusion) is a result of mind (or ego). In one sense you are right that an open mind is essential to discovering that which cannot logically be concieved, but on the other hand, one must maintain discernment. A mind which maintains no grounding in reality has a tendency to be lead offwards into the mirror realm of delusion rather than the clarity of enlightenment. And while it can be argued that enlightenment is an experience beyond both mind and discernment, Enlightenment is not a desirable place to live indefinately. One must eventually return to the world at large, and while an open mind may allow more information to come into one's possesion, without any way to identify or reference the experience (i.e. without any mental frame-work) the experience will just become an indescribable blur of further confusion. The key is always balance. In this case, between A rigid literal mental framework and striving towards the child-like primordial position of none at all. In the Hinduistic vein, one must choose for one's self how best to serve their religio-spiritual goals. Always remember: There is no one right way to do anything. Just personal choices and opinions.