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  • Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy

    A Workshop With Lee Irwin

    Saturday, April 11, 2009, 2-5 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • The Alchemical World View

    An Evening with Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Friday, May 1, 2009, 7-9:30 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • An Introductory Alchemy Workshop

    With Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • The Promise of Islam: A Dialogue

    Hosted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Sheikha Fariha

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • Awakening to the Prophetic Call

    A Conversation with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

    Tuesday, June 8, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    St. James Church, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

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Forty Minutes for Forty Days - Mysticism in Action!

Posted by Eva Cristofalo on January 12, 2009

Looking for ways to connect your personal spiritual practices with the cry of the world?  The Second Annual Winter Feast for the Soul, A 40-day Worldwide Spiritual Practice Period will take place from 15 January to 23 February 2009...

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Remembrance of the Hero

Posted by Satya Khan on January 7, 2009

Today is the holy day known as 'Ashura, which takes place on the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.

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A World of Loyal Dog Morality

Posted by Satya Khan on December 10, 2008

One of my favorite aspects of chivalry is a curiosity about peoples' ideals. If we all sat down - coming from our different cultures, upbringings, and viewpoints - and wrote down our highest ideals, would there be common themes?

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Seeing the Earth as a Planetary Body

Posted by Ayaz Joseph Newland on November 22, 2008

Photographs of the Earth from space, the first from 1966, and now of planets circling other suns, new in November 2008, enlarge our vision of the planet where we live and enrich our view of the universe.

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Starting with the Universe

Posted by Ayaz Joseph Newland on November 14, 2008

Welcome to a small corner of the cosmos dedicated to exploring cosmology and a re-enchantment of humanity’s view of the world. Traditionally, cosmology has resided more in the realm of philosophy than science. Here, now, at Seven Pillars, the two are seen as complementary, often inseparable. Increasingly so, in fact. Convergence is one of the wonderful things about a world that is becoming ever more complex, but in that process, many branches of inquiry are growing together, not apart.

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Games Children Play

Posted by Satya Khan on October 29, 2008

An important aspect to a chivalric life is the adaptation of a moral code. It is challenging to identify one's ideals in crystallized form, and even more so to follow them and stay true to them, day in and day out, come what may. I have a great love for moral codes and find it fascinating to look at sets of ideals that a person or a culture follows, or in this case recommends - what draws someone to those ideals in particular? What things are most important? Are there universal ideals that are true for all people?

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A.E.  - George William Russell

Posted by Eva Cristofalo on October 29, 2008

How does one synthesize a life such as this?

After months of becoming more and more engrossed with George “A.E.” Russell’s life and art, I realized I would never be satisfied with writing the short paragraph or two being requested of me.  Nor could I hope to approach the level of knowledge of those who have spent the better part of their lifetime studying A.E. alongside those other Irish greats with whom he was contemporary.  Then I found this brilliant essay by Declan Foley.

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Jesus Loves Me

Posted by Abi-Ru Shirzan Ghosh on October 20, 2008

If you turned to the hymn “Jesus Loves Me” in my Sunday School songbook, you would see an annotation below: “The favorite hymn of China.” Even for a child of fundamentalism, it was vastly reassuring to be told that the Chinese not only recognized Christ’s love, but that they were fond of singing about it....

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Transformation From the Inside Out

Posted by Abi-Ru Shirzan Ghosh on October 20, 2008

Sometimes my students yawn in my face when I talk to them about transformation. Change is something that was always inevitable, something that, in any case, was over and done with—rigor mortis setting in—long before their own college matriculation.  Alternatively, change is what WILL happen, in the roseate dawn of a new day following their own graduation or, more remotely, the election of their favorite candidate. Change is not about now. And—duh!—it involves circumstances, not personal characteristics. Change tends to be external and even cosmetic, not internal, not formative and even fundamental....

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Abraham’s Great Assent

Posted by Abi-Ru Shirzan Ghosh on October 20, 2008

Abraham was constantly asked to place something precious on the altar.  In the Midrash and the Quran, he is first asked to sacrifice idolatry.  Since his father was a maker of idols, giving up “graven images” amounted to breaking with his family and his heritage.  He surrenders his name in return for a promise.  The next request of Abraham is that he give up his place, his home territory, allowing himself to be uprooted without being informed of the spot to which he will be transplanted....

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Seven Septillion Stars

Posted by Ayaz Joseph Newland on September 2, 2008

Seven Septillion Stars. Yes, 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000: seven followed by twenty-two zeros. How many is that? It’s the current estimate of stars in the universe based on a recent astronomical survey. More than the grains of sand on the earth.

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