‘Urs in Delhi

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.  

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Summer’s End

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.

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A Primary Reading List

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.

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Pang Yang & The Publick Universal Friend

Posted by Peter Lamborn Wilson on June 24, 2010

In 1776 a 24-year-old Quaker woman in Rhode Island died of a mysterious disease, and then came to life again in her coffin on the way to the graveyard.

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Alia Johnson, February 14, 1948 to May 5, 2010

Posted by Gayan Macher on June 19, 2010

Alia was my teacher and my friend, two most beautiful words.

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An Ecological Disaster: Polluting the Waters of Life

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.

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Finding Peace and What Really Matters at the Cemetery

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.

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Sufi Sheikh Who Preached Nonviolence Laid to Rest

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.

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Standing Together with Sinai at the Center

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.

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The Prayer of the Heart

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.

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Praise for Trees, Nature’s Prophets

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.”

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Avatar, Exodus & Kabbalah

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.

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Reclaiming Our Spiritual Heritage

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.

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Unlock Creativity Through Your Dreams

Posted by Pythia Peay on March 23, 2010

Few rhymes capture the enchantment of sleep like the lullaby “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.”

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The God Project

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.

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Announcing Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voices

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.

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Praying My Way to Sleep

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.

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The Order of Universal Sannyasa

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.

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Weathering the Winter of the Soul

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.

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Climate Change in Copenhagen: Spiritual Leaders Gather

Posted by Jennifer Alia Wittman on December 17, 2009

Our friends at the Global Peace Initiative of Women have gathered spiritual and religious leaders to meet throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this past week.

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