Category: Revelation

The Seven Degrees of Prophecy

Prophecy is not only a revelatory ground of great traditions, but also a modality of the sacred human opening to deep intuitions leading to new visions and creative life. In a more modest context, prophecy and revelation are fundamental to life lived with respect, kindness, and joy, as a mode of honoring “all our relations.”…

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Reflections on Prophetology: The Origins of Inspiration, Part II

Let us take it as given, then, that sacred texts have their stories. Let us further accept as true that each prophet and each writer connected with those texts have individual stories. These various stories influence the character of the messages presented. Furthermore, if the messages are, as the conveyors of those messages claim, “inspired,”…

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A Forward-Looking World Culture

“Where am I in my journey on the spiritual path? Where have I been? Where am I now? And in which direction am I going?” These seem to me such vital questions. And the question itself is more important, perhaps, than any answer. To keep the question alive, to keep inquiring, to keep looking, witnessing,…

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Reflections on Prophetology: The Origins of Inspiration, Part I

Even today, we do not lack for “prophets.” There are those who are inspired, “Spirit-filled,” driven by transcendent “energies” or “forces.” Modern prophets call themselves “vehicles” or “channels” or simply say that they are “inspired.” Often, they assert that they are taught by an entity or entities who then require them to teach, or to…

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The Mystical Heart of Abraham

Inspired by a miniature painted a millennium ago, noted spiritual writer Christopher Bamford reflects on the venerable tradition of Abraham as patriarch and suggests that the heart of this father of three great monotheistic religions embodies  “feminine” traits such as unselfish love, forbearance, hospitality, and, above all, receptivity to the Divine. Inspired by a miniature…

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Omid Safi Introduces Revelation Theme at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Omid SafiOmid Safi introduces the theme of Revelation at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration’ Opening Ceremony, Labor Day weekend 2008. Omid Safi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he specializes on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history. He received his PhD from Duke University…

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Interreligious Reconciliation

Pir Zia Inayat-KhanPir Zia Inayat-Khan speaks about interreligious reconciliation inspired by a vision of the underlying unity of religious ideals. Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars’ President, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is…

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The Jesus Sutras: An Ancient Message for a Post-Modernist Future

For over 30 years I have been profoundly interested in the faiths, cultures, history and philosophies of ancient China. Most especially, I have been intrigued by that strange phenomenon, ancient Christianity in China. When I mention this deep interest, the most common response is a puzzled look and the question “What ancient Christianity?” Chinese Christianity…

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