BESHARA MAGAZINE

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World 

Beshara Magazine is an independent, non-profit publication which aims to provide a platform for intelligent and thought-provoking material embodying a unifying perspective. Its concern is not with one particular field of activity, but with unitative ideas and initiatives as they arise in many different areas of contemporary thought – for example, within the spiritual traditions, the sciences, economics and finance, and the arts, as well as in our developing understanding of the environment and the fundamentals of well-being.

Our aim is to present a few articles each month, allowing the content to grow into a substantial collection over time. As such, we hark back to the original root of the word ‘magazine’, which derives from the Arabic term for a storehouse or treasury (makhzan, pl. makhāzin), as well as to its 19th century English usage as “a storehouse for information” or “a portable receptacle for valuable things”. The word Beshara is originally Aramaic, and its meaning can be rendered as “good news”; thus it, too, indicates the very positive and valuable effect that any movement towards a more inclusive and harmonious perspective represents.

Beshara magazine is published by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based educational charity (Reg. nos. 296769 England & Wales, SC039933 Scotland). It is supported entirely by donations and voluntary work. Any donations received through this website go towards editorial expenses and support of the web-site.

Editor: Jane Clark

Picture Editor: Judy Kearns

Editorial Board: Michael Cohen, David Hornsby, Martin Lam,
Elizabeth Roberts, Maureen Stirling, Richard Twinch, Cecilia Twinch

Layout & Design: Michael Hornsby / Daniel Hirtenstein

 

Narratives for a Unified World

Andrew Singer talks about the vision behind the literary journal Trafika Europe

Regardless of the political and economic uncertainty, there is a cultural continuity and a unity to Europe that already stretches back hundreds of years.

A Biology of Wonder

Dr Andreas Weber talks to David Hornsby about a new vision of nature

“It is intrinsic to life to create the experience of self through connection. What is the difference between this and saying that there is an intrinsic yearning to love?”

Poacher’s Pilgrimage – A Journey with Alastair McIntosh

A review by Jim Griffin

“The Western Isles are often referred to as ‘thin places’ – places where the separation between the divine and the human easily breaks down”

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

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

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.”

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…”

CONTACT

Beshara Magazine editors and editorial board members can be reached using the following email format: firstname.lastname@besharamagazine.org

Editorial Enquiries:

Jane Clark, Editor

jane.clark@besharamagazine.org