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Seven Pillars House of Wisdom

An upstate New York Interspiritual Center faciliated by the Sufi Order International

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"The Pillar of Fire" by Dafna Mordecai

 

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Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Seven Pillars Founder

 

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Interspiritual Discussion at Seven Pillars

 

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http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org

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VIDEO DIALOGUES

www.sevenpillarshouse.org/pages/dialogues

 

 

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Readings

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/article/author/

 

Music and Commentaries

www.myspace.com/sevenpillarshouseofwisdom

 

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Located in upstate New York, at New Lebanon, Seven Pillars is the center for Sufi teacher Pir Zia Inayat-Khan who has said of it:

”What is needed now is a new house of wisdom, one for all of the great traditions of the world, as well as the burgeoning wisdom in science, in the arts, in all that comes from the heart of human experience." 

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom was established in 2007, drawing particular inspiration from the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, the interspiritual work of Br. Wayne Teasdale, and the cultural creativity of William Irwin Thompson.

Seven Pillars Website: http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org

Purposes

Seven Pillars is dedicated to the fostering of beauty and depth in human culture. We seek to cultivate awareness of the unity of existence and the qualities of heart that naturally arise from this awareness: nobility of character, genuine civility, and creative optimism.

Seven Pillars maintains four primary areas of focus:

Cosmology: Pursuit of a re-enchanted scientific worldview that reconciles rational inquiry with the wisdom of the soul.

Revelation: Study of the prophetic message of the world’s great spiritual traditions, and gleaning of the essential contemporary guidance of this message.

Mysticism: Awakening of latent faculties of perception through disciplines of concentration, contemplation, prayer and meditation.

Chivalry: Nurturance of a deepened conscience and advancement of an enlightened activism.

Seven Pillars organizes dialogues, media, courses and events related to these themes, with the purpose of enhancing the ability of individuals to actively participate in the flowering of a world civilization grounded in the awareness of the unity of existence.

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The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) was an Indian-born musician and mystic, often cited as the first teacher to bring Sufism to the West. Inayat Khan grew up in a house frequented by poets, musicians, and spiritual thinkers of many traditions. Later he underwent intensive mystical training at the hands of a Sufi master. These experiences endowed him with a penetrating appreciation of the essential unity of all religions and, more fundamentally, the unity of existence.

In 1910, Inayat Khan left India for “the West.” Over the next sixteen years he traveled widely, from San Francisco to Moscow, performing classical Indian music, lecturing on the spiritual dimensions of the problems and opportunities of modernity, and training initiates in the inner culture of Sufism. Amidst the crisis of conscience that followed the First World War, Inayat Khan’s movement sought to transform the cultural assumptions that had created the monster of militant nationalism. Part of this response was an interfaith service called Universal Worship, which, through lighting of candles and readings from scriptures of the world's great religions, portrays at a single altar the sweeping vista of the human encounter with the divine.

During the Second World War, Inayat Khan's daughter, Noor Inayat Khan, a writer of children's books, served heroically as the first woman wireless operator in Nazi-occupied France. Betrayed to the Gestapo, she was executed at Dachau in 1944, and was posthumously awarded Britain's George Cross and France's Croix de Guerre. Additional information on Noor's life can be found in the book, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan.

Inayat Khan's eldest son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, continued his work as head of the Sufi Order International, and became an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and master of meditation. In his lectures, retreats, and books he drew extensively on the world's mystical heritage, as well as on music, science, and psychology. Additional information on his life can be found at www.universel.net.

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Seven Pillars, Brother Wayne Teasdale, and the InterSpiritual Movement

From Seven Pillars' Website:  "A Christian sanyassa in the tradition of Fr. Bede Griffiths, the American Catholic monk Br. Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004) pursued the ardent dream of a movement of people of all faiths devoted to an emerging vision of civilization premised on the oneness of life. He envisioned a community without boundaries forging deep bonds by dreaming, thinking, and working together, and in this way consciously participating in the transformation of the world.

We are at the dawn of the new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life as the human family in a fragile world. This birth into a new awareness, into a new set of historical circumstances, appears in a number of shifts in our understanding. . . . Each of these shifts represents dramatic change. Together they will define the thought and culture of the Third Millennium. Perhaps the best name for this new segment of historical experience is the interspiritual age. Taken together they are preparing for a universal civilization: a civilization with a heart. – Br. Wayne Teasdale, The Mystic Heart"

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Pir Zia with photographic tribute to Br. Wayne Teasdale

 

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