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Introducing The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom

Our "Illuminated e-Manuscript"

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  1. eBook Title Page

    The Seven Pillars 

    Journey Toward Wisdom

    Paintings and Illustrations by Cecil Collins

    Original Music by Kane Mathis, Yuval Ron and Bisan Toron

    Videos Featuring Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

    Recorded Narrations by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Deepa Patel

  2. Page 4: Introduction

    The eBook Introduction gives the reader a sense of the journey that awaits. The accompanying illustration is by artist Cecil Collins, and can be maximized to zoom in on the extraordinary details of his artwork.

    The Voice of the Fool
    Roneo print on paper

    1944

  3. Page 7: The Seven Pillars

    This page features short descriptions of The Seven Pillars, as well as an introductory video with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars founder. The reader will find short videos of Pir Zia throughout the book.

  4. Page 15: Cecil Collins Image

    Cecil Collins' illustrations and paintings are found throughout the book, often accompanied by original audio produced by Bisan Toron and Kane Mathis or poignant quotes from the chapter.

    A detail from The Artist and His Wife
    Oil paint on canvas


    1939

  5. Page 16: The Journey of Life

    Each chapter features a three person conversation, introduced by a member of our Editorial and Writing Committee.

    The Pilgrim
    Relief print on paper

    1944

Introducing the groundbreaking “illuminated e-manuscript” The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom – brought to life by a distinguished group of artists, scholars, activists and explorers. The book invites the reader to embark on an inspirational journey toward a living wisdom that can deepen our insight and help us address the urgent social and ecological needs of our time.

The small selection of pages above, will give you a sense of the journey one can expect when they open the book. Inspired by our global wisdom legacy, and the revolutionary illuminated manuscripts of the 5th and 6th centuries, this cutting-edge,  “multi-touch” eBook combines not only text and image, but also original music, narration, video, and graphic animation. Your mind and senses will be awakened and enlivened by poetic evocations, insightful conversations, and contemplative exercises as you embark on a journey of discovery through the the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The book also features paintings and illustrations by the famed artist Cecil Collins.

Contributors include Sousan Abadian, Christopher Bamford, Mary Catherine Bateson,  Robin Becker, Rabbi Olivier BenHaim, Orland Bishop, Ruth Broyde-Sharone,  Adam Bucko, Cecil Collins, Apela Colorado, Paul Devereux, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Lee Irwin, Kane Mathis, Dena Merriam, Yuval Ron, David Spangler, Bisan Toron, Wendy Tremayne and more than a dozen other distinguished thought leaders.

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The Seven Pillars Soundscape: A Contemplative Journey Toward Wisdom

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom announces the worldwide release of an astounding new half-hour audio production, entitled The Seven Pillars Soundscape: A Contemplative Journey Toward Wisdom. This original audio recording is a companion to our multimedia electronic book, The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom. The soundtrack of “The Seven Pillars Soundscape” features selections of poetic text from the eBook narrated by Seven Pillars’ founder Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, with accompanying music by Kane Mathis and vocals by Bisan Toron.

Comments (1)
  • Wow what a fantastic concept. I can’t wait to deepen in the path of wisdom through these illuminating pages!

    — Zebunissa Anna Parker on December 16, 2015

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