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Spiritual Chivalry: A Call for Submissions

Posted by Satya Khan on December 3, 2009

Since the Inauguration of Seven Pillars in 2008, we have been developing the idea for an anthology on modern spiritual chivalry, and I am excited and delighted to invite you all to participate.

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A Higher Love

Posted by Nizam-un-Nisa Ayeda Naqvi on November 12, 2009

Not too far from where I live, in Lahore, Pakistan, is a little shrine. It is not the mausoleum of a famous poet or a Sufi saint, but the resting place of two star-crossed lovers who were denied the sanctity of marriage by their society almost five hundred years ago.

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The Recovery of a Cosmic Orientation

Posted by William Irwin Thompson on October 29, 2009

And there is also on the island both a magnificent sacred precinct of Apollo and a notable temple which is adorned with many votive offerings and is spherical in shape.

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The Promise of Judaism: A Summary

Posted by Darakshan Farber on October 29, 2009

On October 12th I had the pleasure of attending "The Promise of Judaism," a lively discussion between Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rabbi David Ingber, Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, and Rabbi Yaakov Kellman, hosted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and moderated by Rabia Povich.

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Sharing the Temple

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on October 27, 2009

Once again hostilities have shattered the fragile peace of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. As always, the issue is sovereignty. Muslims and Jews agree that the Temple Mount is a place of tremendous sacred significance. What is disagreed on is who ought to control it.

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Points in Space and Patterns that Connect

Posted by Ayaz Joseph Newland on September 17, 2009

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Three Windows on Prophecy

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on September 4, 2009

Every prophet is a mystic, but not every mystic is a prophet. The mystic ascends the cosmic mountain and descends with a secret. The prophet too ascends and descends the mountain. But what the prophet brings down is not a secret; it is a message.

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Summer Thoughts

Posted by David Spangler on August 7, 2009

There is a theme that has been rattling around in my brain for a couple of weeks, one that I’d like to develop more fully in the months ahead, and that is the theme of participation and partnership.

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The New Knighthood

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on August 7, 2009

The same restless yearning that drives the evolution of species likewise impels the transformation of human societies. In culture as in nature, the Earth is ever transcending itself. Nothing in human life is static.

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Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on June 21, 2009

What I like about Facebook is that it is an apt metaphor for tawajjuh. Tawajjuh is an Arabic verbal noun derived from wajh, “face.” In Sufism, it denotes the practice of turning one’s spiritual face toward the face of another within the sphere of the heart.

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Showers of Blessings

Posted by Abi-Ru Shirzan Ghosh on June 8, 2009

I’ve been thinking about what shapes blessings take. There are the flamboyant ones—the brightly clad and strongly perfumed Good Things that you can see—and smell—coming from a long way off. There are the ones that are like longed-for, long-missing, long-expected guests, too.

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Wild Fruit

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on May 29, 2009

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Tuesday Guests

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on May 27, 2009

Yesterday, Seven Pillars' board member, Dena Merriam, founder of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and Sraddhalu Ranade of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, came to visit Pir Zia. The discussion focused on plans for world events on climate change, issues in Pakistan, Afganistan and India, and youth spirituality.

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A Quick Preview of Guiding Voices for Labor Day

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on May 20, 2009

Here is a preview of the voices to guide Seven Pillars' Labor Day gathering, September 4-7, 2009. Fuller details about the gathering will be made available by June 1st.

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Hills and Dales of Columbia County

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on May 6, 2009

What better way to celebrate the birthday of Novalis than to ramble over sun-dappled hillsides tracking the traffic of elementals, as we did last Saturday?

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Slow Down London

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 27, 2009

Seven Pillars' co-founding board member, Deepa Patel, has just launched Slow Down London in the United Kingdom. Read on to learn more, and to view video from NBC Nightly News.

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Personal Experiences of Prophecy

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 21, 2009

Our most recent program, Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy, featured Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voice Lee Irwin, along with thirty-four other good friends, for an afternoon on the “seven degrees of prophecy.”

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Mahavir Jayanti

Posted by Abi-Ru Shirzan Ghosh on April 7, 2009

Western calendars date today as April 7, but it is also the thirteenth day of Chaitra in the traditional Indian calendar. Mahavir Jayanti, the most important Jain holiday, is celebrated today.

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The Power of Submission

Posted by Satya Khan on April 7, 2009

As a female working with Seven Pillars on the core area of chivalry, I am sometimes asked about the male associations the word chivalry can bring to mind, such as the imagery of the medieval knight. His strength and dominance are one aspect of chivalry, but there is a complement to this quality that is more feminine in nature: submission. The true chevalier needs two qualities to succeed: the iron of strength, and the silk of submission.

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Resurrecting Chivalry

Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on April 1, 2009

When asked to explain the mission of Seven Pillars, I generally begin by outlining the four core areas. As I invoke the words Cosmology, Revelation, and Mysticism, I am typically greeted with beaming approval. Then comes Chivalry. Now my listener has a furrowed brow. Peering through that brow I can almost read the thoughts it encloses: Chivalry is sexist, elitist, and violent. Chivalry is dead.

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