A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

A Thing of Beauty…

A Thing of Beauty…

David Apthorp praises the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Standing here, before the plain, unadorned mihrab, it as if one has been brought to some ultimate secret.

The Century of Complexity

The Century of Complexity

Dr Vasileios Basios talks to Jane Clark and Michael Cohen about new ideas in science

“I think we have to come back to considering the ancient concept of the ‘great chain of being’ – that somehow consciousness manifests itself from the rock to the plant to the human being.”

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Vin Harris talks about the life of a remarkable man

“The purpose is not to preserve traditions for their own sake, but because they are of value to a world which desperately needs to be reminded of the vital importance of kindness and compassion.”


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3D rendering of a Lorenz Attractor expressing complex movement.
Photograph: zentilia/Shuttlestock


Ayurveda: A Medical Science Based on Consciousness

Elizabeth Roberts talks to Dr. Sunil Joshi

“There is a natural intelligence that is flowing through each tissue, each cell of the body, making a beautiful connection between your mind, your soul, your senses and your physical body.”


Thought for Food

Charlotte Maberly on the new science of Gastronomy

“If we get food ‘right’, solutions to the majority of our current global crises will follow.”

An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call love is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

“The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”


Getting Back in Time

Richard Gault on technology and our relationship to time.

“Lewis Mumford designated the clock as the most critical invention for our civilisation.”

Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

A Conversation with Prof. George Pattison

“Mysticism is not necessarily something weird or wonderful: it consists of a certain kind of attention to reality in all its facets.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Barbara Vellacott contemplates the indescribability of beauty in Dante’s Paradiso.

“Beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.”


Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”


A Thing of Beauty…

James Turrell’s Berlin Installation

“Here the invitation is to something less cosmic, more personal”

The Ecology of Money

Ciaran Mundy, Director of the Bristol Pound

“We should not refuse to engage with the world of complex finance”


Nicola Simpson on Dom Sylvester Houédard

“How do we hear the inaudible sound of dust falling?”


A Thing of Beauty…

Chagall’s Peace Window

Unity is not achievable when it is conceived as merely bringing together a collection of parts. It requires a more comprehensive vision.”

The Unity of Humanity

Todd Lawson

“Everyone has had a revelation, has been touched by a divine message… all the prophets share the same source, the same light.”

The Field of Light

Bruce Munro’s New Work

“I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like a dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls.”

The Red Sail

Katharine Tiernan

“All about him the sea stretches away to the mauve edge of the horizon. The strangeness of it empties his soul.”


The aim of Beshara magazine is to provide a platform for interesting and intelligent material which represents a spiritual perspective. The editors welcome submission enquiries from writers and journalists with an interest in the magazine’s remit and perspective.


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IN PRINT, 1987 - '92

13 issues of Beshara magazine were published quarterly between 1987 and 1992. The entire print archive is now available to read online or download for free.