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Alice Coltrane’s "Om Shanti"

Alice Coltrane’s “Om Shanti”

In the early 1980s, jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane devoted herself to the Hindu tradition, adopting the name Swamini Turiyasangitananda and established the 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram outside Los Angeles.

Holy Week, by Tracy Cochran

Holy Week, by Tracy Cochran

This is Holy Week, a good time to reflect on what it can mean to be part of a greater wholeness. It is also Passover, celebrating liberation from bondage. Strange as it may sound, being still is also a way of coming to a new wholeness, a way of feasting on your life, realizing that it is a miraculous gift.

Jack Kerouac's Golden Eternity

Jack Kerouac’s Golden Eternity

Jack Kerouac was a literary iconoclast in the mid-1950s, and sent the text above in a letter to his first wife, a decade after their marriage had been annulled.

Essays

Conversations

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

Parabola’s first issue, Winter 1976, included the magazine’s first interview. Conducted by then-editor John Loudon, it questioned religion scholar Huston Smith, author of the bestseller The Religions of Man, whom Loudon described as “a man who has traveled widely, but deeply, learning the many languages for what is primordially true.”

Poetry

Pathways, by Mark Nepo

Pathways, by Mark Nepo

I don’t know why I was born | with this belief in something | deeper and larger than we can | see. […]

What It Takes, by Lisa Starr

What It Takes, by Lisa Starr

All it takes is one blue rowboat tied to a buoy,
and its reflection, and this moment
for me to go remembering everything. …

Epicycles

Kuzunoha

Kuzunoha

Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Two Stories, by Mullah Nasr Eddin

Mullah Nasr Eddin, or Hodja Nasr Eddin, is a legendary Turkish teller of tales, a sort of wise fool, to whom all sorts of exploits are attributed.

Podcast

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Parabola Podcast, Episode 15: “Magic”

Story Editor Betsy Cornwell shares Thomas W. Moore’s essay on fresh ways to look at the myth of Narcissus, from the Spring 1976 issue of Parabola, “Magic,” in Parabola Magazine’s free monthly podcast.

Photography

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

One Autumn day in 1976 a question appeared: if I took a photo of something I’d seen that touched my feelings, would the feeling return later when I looked at the print?

David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.

Portfolio: Brian English

Portfolio: Brian English

Brian first studied the history of photography and Black & White printing in 1985 with Teacher and Mentor William Abranowicz at Parsons New York City. …

Book Reviews

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Author Colin Wilson (1931–2013) was a lucky man in many ways. His luck continues after his death, with Gary Lachman’s biography Beyond the Robot, which is likely to be both the most comprehensive and the most favorable treatment Wilson will ever receive.

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal: The Complete Trilogy

Indigo Animal is original, delightful, and profound. The artist, Rue Harrison, has given us wonderful characters in illustrated books in which she has raised the bar on a certain kind of content. […]

The Dawning Moon of the Mind:  Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts

That a book on the Pyramid Texts of ancient Egypt has been favorably reviewed by the New Yorker is surely a sign of a significant cultural shift, but if you take the time to read this extraordinary book you will quickly see why. […]

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