Andrew Harvey and Swami Chidanand Saraswati

At the IONS 2007 conference, Andrew Harvey and Swami Chidanand Saraswati respond to the question ‘What do you see as right spiritual action in relationship to the current war in Iraq?

Andrew discusses authentic spiritual movement and leadership in America and a need to discover a new way of living. The Swami agrees and suggests we light a candle in the darkness of what has happened and pray for all involved.

Sri Aurobindo’s Life

Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on August 15, 1872. In 1879, at the age of seven, he was taken with his two elder brothers to England for education and lived there for fourteen years. Brought up at first in an English family at Manchester, he joined St. Paul’s School in London in 1884 and in 1890 went from it with a senior classical scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied for two years… – Sri Aurobindo On Himself

Sri Aurobindo’s Talks with Pavitra Part 1.The Purusha Part 2. To Kill All Thoughts

Sri Aurobindo’s Talks with Pavitra Part 1.The Purusha

These conversations were held from December 18, 1925 to November 20, 1926. Pavitra arrived at Pondicherry on the 17th of December, 1925. He never left Pondicherry again, where he lived for forty-four years in the service of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. These brief conversations were noted from memory.

Sri Aurobindo’s Talks with Pavitra Part 2. To Kill All Thoughts
Sri Aurobindo: You must succeed in separating yourself from Prakriti and knowing yourself as the Purusha. The method I was taught was to kill all thoughts when they appeared before me, quite simply by looking at them steadily.

Pavitra: Remaining attentive facing my thoughts — I found that they disappeared immediately on my looking steadily at them. The means of killing them, hence, is to watch attentively and, as soon as one becomes conscious of any, destroy it thus.

Astrology for Enlightenment: Michelle Karen

In Astrology for Enlightenment, “Astrologer to the Stars” Michelle Karén gives you the tools to predict and guide your future and, by distilling astrology down to its purest form, shows you how to achieve enlightenment.

Drawing on over thirty years of study and experience, Karén has created an accessible, easy-to-follow, hands-on guide for using astrology that can enhance every aspect of your daily life and help you:

– Learn when to schedule an important business appointment so that you’ll get the best results.

– Understand where your relationship will lead when you meet someone for the first time.

– Find out which is the best day of the week to start a new project.

– Uncover a phone caller’s true intentions.

– Gain precious understanding and insight into the ancient prophecy of John of Jerusalem, which Karén translates to provide breathtakingly accurate predictions for our times.

– Obtain specific information for each sign in each year through 2012.

It is your birthright to live a life filled with tremendous peace, unconditional joy, and true love. Astrology for Enlightenment offers you the tools to do all of this and to reach a state of ultimate bliss.

Are you ready? Karén’s Astrology for Enlightenment is all you need to prepare yourself for the exciting shifts to come.

James Van Praagh ~ Ghosts among Us

Book Description

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

James Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration.

With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows us how we can live more fully through understanding the world of spirits. Including eerily accurate readings, the author’s development as a medium, and detailed how-to information, Ghosts Among Us is an all-encompassing guide to the supernatural.

James Van Praagh, world-renowned medium and best-selling author of Talking To Heaven, releases his much-anticipated new book “Ghosts Among Us — Uncovering The Truth About The Other Side.”

Biography of Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey was born in south India in 1952 where he lived until he was nine years old. It is this early period that he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred.

He left India to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University in 1970 with a scholarship to study history. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship to All Soul’s College, England’s highest academic honor.

By 1977 Andrew Harvey had become disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices. In 1978 he met a succession of Indian saints and sages and began his long study and practice of Hinduism.

In 1983, in Ladakh, he met the great Tibetan adept, Thuksey Rinpoche, and undertook with him the Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva vows; later, in 1990, he would collaborate with Sogyal Rinpoche and Patrick Gaffney in the writing of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

In 1984, Andrew Harvey began a ten-year-long exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism in Paris with a group of French Sufis and under the guidance of Eva De Vitray-Meyerovitch, the magnificent translator of Rumi into French. In 1992, he met Father Bede Griffiths in his ashram in south India near where Andrew Harvey had been born. It was this meeting that helped him synthesize the whole of his mystical explorations and reconcile eastern with western mysticism.

In 2005, in the historic Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe New Mexico, Andrew Harvey delivered his vision of the contemporary crisis now confronting us in today’s world and its potential solution in what he has termed “Sacred Activism,” which he sees as the culmination of his life’s work. This extraordinary occasion was made into a documentary film by the Hartley Film Foundation and is available on DVD at

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as the at various spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity.

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. He also has a spiritual counseling practice in Chicago and is available for spiritual direction via phone.

Andrew Harvey: The Hope, A Guide to Sacred Activism (UK Version)

Book Trailer – Andrew Harvey: The Hope, A Guide to Sacred Activism

In his new book The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism, Andrew Harvey defines Sacred Activism as a force of compassion in action destined to midwife the birth of a new humanity able to co-create with the Divine a new world. According to Harvey, “This great birth will have to come about as the result of a massive grassroots mobilization of the hearts and committed wills of millions of people.” The vehicle for this mobilization Harvey believes will be through what he calls “Networks of Grace”.

The following is excerpted from his new book The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House):
In a recent article in the “New York Review of Books” Bill McKibben wrote: “The technology we need most badly is the technology of community – the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done. Our sense of community is in disrepair.”

It is essential, therefore, that sacred activists, while pursuing their individual spiritual paths and embracing their own specific kinds of service, learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging ‘networks of grace’ – beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.

Such “networks of grace” can only be as transformative as our crisis needs them to be, if those who form them work constantly on the seductions of power, glamour and celebrity, and develop ever-deeper discrimination. Learning to discern the real gold of authentic networks of grace, from the false glitter of networks of power and self-importance, is difficult and demands prayer, humility, patience and shadow-work, and the unglamorous ability to wait on results and not force them before the Mystery has had a chance to form them completely.

Now I want to offer my plan – a plan that is already taking shape – for helping to ground and embody this vision as practically and effectively as possible.

About three months ago, I went to teach sacred activism in a convent in Cleveland Ohio. I had been praying for a long time to understand how best sacred activism could be organized and that night before sleep a vision of what is possible came to me.

I was lying in bed reflecting on the success of Al-Qaeda and certain fundamentalist Christian groups. Fanaticism it seems can always organize itself brilliantly; it is the ordinarily good and concerned who find it hard to cohere and mobilize their efforts. This has to change, and change fast, for the Birth to be effective.

From my study of terrorist and fundamentalist organizations I had learned one essential thing – that the success of their movements relies on cells – small individual cells of between six and twelve people – who encourage, sustain, and inspire each other with sacred reading and meditation and who share each other’s victories and defeats in the course of what they believe is sacred action. Such an organization of inter-linked small cells has been the key to the horrible effectiveness of Al-Qaeda and is the key to the reach of the major fundamentalist ministries.

The word “cell” immediately made me think of a revealing conversation I had had with Deepak Chopra the year before. Deepak spoke to me at length of how the process of transformation in and through the ‘Dark Night’ that we are now enduring could be compared to the different stages of a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. He described how the caterpillar spins a cocoon around itself and dissolves inside the cocoon into a featureless grey gunge. This grey gunge Deepak compared to the chaos and confusion of the Dark Night, a chaos and confusion that is also pregnant with new possibilities, pregnant in fact, as he said, with the birth of the butterfly, “the new divine human” which is a being as genetically and physically different from the caterpillar “as a bicycle is from a lear jet.”

It was how Deepak described this birthing process that struck me. He described how when the grey gunge has liquefied to a certain point, cells which he called “imaginal cells” are genetically awoken in it. These cells feed off the gunge for their growth as they increasingly cluster together creating, through a synergistic alchemy, the body and wings of the future butterfly.

Lying on my bed in the convent in Ohio, the connection between the vision I was getting of sacred activism being organized in inter-linked cells and imaginal cells that could create when clustered together the butterfly of the Divine Human became diamond-clear. I understood that ‘networks of grace,’ was to be a network of ‘imaginal’ cells, individual cells of between six to twelve people, praying and meditating together and inspiring each other and acting together on causes or local or international problems of their own choice.

Next day I spoke of my embryonic vision to the nuns of the convent and to the seventy people assembled for the workshop. The first cell of ‘Networks of Grace’ was established later that day. Since then whenever I have spoken of this vision and plan, it has aroused passionate and delighted response; now there are a dozen ‘Networks of Grace’ cells around the country.

It is my prayer that this book and the vision of sacred activism it embodies will inspire the spread of inter-linked cells of ‘Networks of Grace’ all over North America and the world. The time has come, in Teilhard de Chardin’s words, to “harness the energies of love, and so for the second time in the history of humanity discover fire” – in this case a grassroots movement of the sacred fire of sacred activism organized through “networks of grace.”

As I continued to pray and meditate on this vision of the imaginal cells of “Networks of Grace” I began to study how President Obama conducted his campaign largely through the mobilizing of grassroots forces. One of the main secrets of his success was an innovative internet campaign that inter-linked millions of his supporters and gave them hope and inspiration for change.

Organizing the imaginal cells of Networks of Grace, or rather inviting people to organize themselves in their local communities and connect with other cells in other communities through the internet became the obvious next step to growing the vision. I now know why I had bought the domain name “Networks of Grace” two years earlier when the initial understanding of the need for them had occurred to me.

I have, as you can see, a big and global vision for Networks of Grace but the truth is that such things best start small and local and intimate.

Let me suggest three ways you might organize these cells – around profession (lawyers politicians doctors therapists etc. all wanting to devote their common skills to a common cause), passion (for animals, art, teaching meditation for free, healing etc) or as I suggested in the Five Forms of Service Heartbreak (animals, environmental degradation). Any of these three foci could provide an admirable way of gathering like-minded hearts around you and pooling your common resources and creativity together to start inspiring each other to, and sustaining each other in action.

Imagine cells of concerned lawyers working together to see that people trapped in foreclosure get proper legal representation; imagine cells of doctors pledging to work together to give free treatment to the millions now in this country and all over the world that cannot afford medical care. Imagine cells of therapists pledging to gift sacred activists with free shadow-work; imagine what cells of concerned politicians could effect in getting through imaginative energy and environmental policies or in addressing with common creativity and passion such causes as gay marriage rights, animal rights and abortion.

Imagine what cells of parents and professionals could achieve to help those going through financial crisis, collecting food and clothing, taking children to school, helping people out of work to find a job. The very extent of our growing crisis makes application of the vision of ‘Networks of Grace’ almost infinite.

Reprinted with permission of Hay House from the book The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism by Andrew Harvey. Copyright 2009 Andrew Harvey

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