Spiritual Activism: A Conversation with Andrew Harvey


Andrew HarveyOur world is facing a terrible crisis, and the decisions we make today will determine whether or not we will survive. We live in a world of terror, danger, conflict, and complete disregard of the living creatures of this planet.

The source of the terrorism, according to Andrew Harvey, is the fundamentalist thinking we see in Islamist suicide bombers, Tea Party radicals, greedy corporations, and all the religions that claim to have the truth while punishing other paths to the sacred One, and anyone who does not believe as they do.

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization that invites concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired and effective agents of change. Sacred activism is a form of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual passion with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Andrew Harvey is English, although he was born in India, where he says he was exposed very early to people who deeply believed in the Divine. By his adolescence he had moved to England where his studies took him to Oxford, where he gained enormous recognition in the Western intellectual tradition. It was then he returned to India where he realized that, although he had reached the pinnacle of Western learning, he “knew nothing.”

In this passionate, inspiring conversation with this clearly brilliant and gifted man, he shares with us the essence of what he has learned and written about in his more than 30 books, and taught in his classes at Oxford and Cornell Universities. He shares with us the ideas of Spiritual Activism that have made him world famous.

“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as 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 vision of Sacred Activism is dedicated to honoring and continuing the tremendous work of extraordinary ordinary people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Desmond Tutu. Each of these individuals rose up to meet the challenges of their time with great spiritual grace and integrated inner contemplation with decisive action.

We now have before us the possibility of using this current crisis to empower ourselves, and others, to actually get the planet to work. You will enjoy and be inspired by this brilliant conversation.

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Books by todays Guest

The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

The Hope“Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us,” writes Marianne Williamson, the best-selling author of The Age of Miracles. “In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.”

In The Hope, Andrew Harvey offers not only a guide to discovering your divine purpose but also the blueprint for a better world. It consists of the necessary elements that can inspire greatness in each of us. Based on Harvey’s concepts of Sacred Activism, a global initiative designed to save the world from its downward spiral of greed, pain, and self-destruction, the book is an enlightening text that reflects our world today, while in turn, shapes our future.

Radical Passion

Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action

Harvey’s concepts of radical passion and sacred activism fly in the face of restraint, of pessimism, of denial, of all that is inhumane, fusing the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice and for healing the division between heaven and earth, heart and will, body and soul, prayer and action. Sacred activism asks that we engage deeply on a personal, spiritual, and political level so as to become a fully empowered, fully active, and contemplative humanity that can turn tragedy into grace, and desolation into the opportunity to build and co-create a new world.


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