Paul B. Fenton
The conceptual principle of the efficaciousness of visualization stems from the idea that the saint, as opposed to ordinary beings, is endowed with a universal soul connected to the divine world; therefore by attaching himself to the saint, the disciple automatically connects with the divine realm and is automatically uplifted.
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Originally published in Entangled Hagiographies of the Religious Other, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. Republished here with thanks.