METAPHYSICS & SPIRITUALITY

Calligraphy – A Sacred Tradition

Distinguished calligrapher Ann Hechle talks about her lifelong quest to understand the underlying unity of the world

“As I grapple with putting letters, words and drawings together, I am using strategies that belong to a much bigger and grander world, which are part of universal law.”

A Thought at Christmas…

What is the universal significance of this festival celebrated at a pivotal moment of the year?

“What would it be to experience time, once more as the moving image of eternity, the continual incarnation of the divine…?”

Bewildered by Love and Longing

Michael Sells and Simone Fattal talk about a new translation of Ibn ‘Arabi’s famous cycle of love poems Translation of Desires

“For Ibn ‘Arabi longing or desire is a cosmic force. It goes beyond all boundaries, and it is the closest taste of the infinite that people can have in their own experience.”

The Zoroastrian Flame

Khojeste Mistree talks about one of the world’s oldest surviving religions and what we can learn from it in the present day

One of the principles of the Zoroastrian way of life is to promote harmony in this world, and we believe that harmony begins by being happy within ourselves.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture.

Solitude in the Modern World

The spiritual foundations of our contemporary desire for private space

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy.”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

An interview with Judith Hanson Lasater

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

A ‘Quite Interesting’ Approach to Education

John Lloyd talks to Jane Clark and Hilary Papworth about the philosophy behind the QI project

“Nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems. Everything has an underside – something hidden deep inside it which is completely astonishing.”

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

Dr. Sunil Joshi talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“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.”

 

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.”

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.”

Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

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

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Nicola Simpson on Dom Sylvester Houédard

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

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.”

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