Beneath the layers of belief and practice that constitute the traditions of the world’s great religions, the underlying essence and ultimate motive force is always revelation. Revelation exposes the identity and attributes of the primal reality from which the material universe originates, and in doing so, stimulates humanity’s capacity to participate consciously in the fulfillment of the purpose of creation.

The traces of revelation are to be found in every culture of the world. Hitherto it has been common for individuals and communities to declare allegiance to a specific prophet or prophetess, or a series of them, while neglecting or even rejecting other bearers of revelation. In our time we have the vital opportunity to recognize revelation as a planetary phenomenon. In this way the legacy of the prophets will have the effect of uniting rather than dividing humankind.

But to truly benefit from this legacy it is necessary to do more than simply acknowledge the prophets. It requires learning their ways and following in their footsteps. The prophets are complete human beings, simultaneously awake to the here-and-now and to the everywhere-and-always. In contemplating and resonating with the rhythms and tones of their inner and outer lives, we become more fully human.

The deepest and fullest response to a collective challenge always bears the mark of revelation. We live today in the most challenging of times. Yet “God is not stingy with the unseen.” In Seven Pillars we ask, what is revelation’s message for our generation?

Beneath the layers of belief and practice that constitute the traditions of the world’s great religions, the underlying essence and ultimate motive force is always revelation. Revelation exposes the identity and attributes of the primal reality from which the material universe originates, and in doing so, stimulates humanity’s capacity to participate consciously in the fulfillment of the purpose of creation.

The traces of revelation are to be found in every culture of the world. Hitherto it has been common for individuals and communities to declare allegiance to a specific prophet or prophetess, or a series of them, while neglecting or even rejecting other bearers of revelation. In our time we have the vital opportunity to recognize revelation as a planetary phenomenon. In this way the legacy of the prophets will have the effect of uniting rather than dividing humankind.

But to truly benefit from this legacy it is necessary to do more than simply acknowledge the prophets. It requires learning their ways and following in their footsteps. The prophets are complete human beings, simultaneously awake to the here-and-now and to the everywhere-and-always. In contemplating and resonating with the rhythms and tones of their inner and outer lives, we become more fully human.

The deepest and fullest response to a collective challenge always bears the mark of revelation. We live today in the most challenging of times. Yet “God is not stingy with the unseen.” In Seven Pillars we ask, what is revelation’s message for our generation?