Encountering the Ultimate in the Bhagavad Gīta: An Experience of Pratyabhijña (Recognition)

Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College


Is religious experience necessarily the product of one specific tradition? The constructivist approach to religious experience which prevails in the contemporary academy certainly suggests that this is the case. But is this not at odds with the idea of an ultimate reality that exists objectively and independently of what any given group of human beings may think about it? This paper argues that the phenomenon of religious conversion militates against the constructivist account.