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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Ayaz Joseph Newland on September 17, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on April 27, 2009
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.”
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.
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.
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.