Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on February 24, 2011
“Khusraw! Deep into the night of union, I stayed awake with my love … My body, her heart: both of one color.” The words are Amir Khusraw’s, the saint’s dearest disciple, his “Turk of God.” Booming drumbeats and the blare of harmoniums drive the message home.
Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on September 14, 2010
It has been quite some time since I last wrote. Life has been full, and I have been frequently away from home.
Posted by Richard Grossinger on June 24, 2010
When I was twenty, the poet Robert Kelly presented my wife Lindy and me with a reading list to get us started, so to speak, in life.
Posted by Gayan Macher on June 19, 2010
Alia was my teacher and my friend, two most beautiful words.
Posted by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on June 18, 2010
Recently we have been witnessing the worst ecological disaster in North America with the oil gushing from the depths of the Gulf.
Posted by Pythia Peay on June 18, 2010
Call me dark, odd, or a bit of a mystic, but I’ve always been drawn to cemeteries.
Posted by Seven Pillars on June 18, 2010
In a small and ancient family plot attached to his ancestral home in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sufi leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari was laid to rest on Tuesday, June 1, at age 61, after a long struggle with heart disease. He was head of the mystical Naqshabandi Holy Land Sufi Order.
Posted by The Shalom Center on May 18, 2010
This year, Shavuot begins on the evening of May 18. All night that night, in many communities, study of the Torah goes on from evening till dawn.
Posted by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on April 23, 2010
At the heart of most religions is prayer: a way to communicate with God. There are the prescribed prayers, the rituals of inner communion. But there is also our own personal prayer—our way of being with God.
Posted by Pythia Peay on April 22, 2010
Trees may be paragons of stability. But as the naturalist John Muir wrote, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
Posted by Rabbi Arthur Waskow on March 31, 2010
In the Exodus story, it is locusts and frogs, rivers and hailstorms – what we call the Ten Plagues – that carry out the word of God and shatter Pharaoh when he refuses to free the shepherd-folk, the Hebrews, whom he has tried first to enslave and then to exterminate.
Posted by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on March 23, 2010
We live in a culture of religious diversity that is at present experiencing a reawakening of interest in spirituality.
Posted by Pythia Peay on March 23, 2010
Few rhymes capture the enchantment of sleep like the lullaby “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.”
Posted by Josh Schrei on March 23, 2010
Trying to explain the core beliefs of Hinduism to an interested observer can be challenging to say the least.
Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on February 4, 2010
Seven Pillars has been in existence for a year and a half now, and with each passing season our “house with no walls” has taken fuller shape.
Posted by Pythia Peay on February 4, 2010
The images of devastation in the wake of Haiti's earthquake follow me to bed, and continue to haunt my sleep.
Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on January 15, 2010
The late Brother Wayne Teasdale envisioned the creation of a loose-strung order of visionary activists committed to the ideals of interspirituality. Now Brother Wayne's friends are making his dream a reality.
Posted by Pythia Peay on January 14, 2010
I grew up on a farm on the Western edge of Missouri, hard by Kansas. This was the prairie landscape of our frontier forebears, and upon its blank canvas the seasons were clearly marked.
Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on December 17, 2009
Posted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan on December 16, 2009
But for a highly improbable string of discoveries, Thomas Traherne’s mystical masterpieces might have been irretrievably lost in the sands of time.