The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois has generously assembled a free searchable index for Parabola magazine readers.
Sound, scientific advice on attaining happiness
Housework as spiritual practice, from a Sufi master
Reaching an understanding that no storm can shake
Reflections from a Death Row inmate; inspired thoughts from a Sikh guide
Tsunemasa, Attributed to Zeami Motokiyo / Japanese Noh. Retold by Kenneth E. Lawrence, translated by Edward Kai Lawrence. Art by Kumiko Lawrence
A young woman navigates the roads outside—and within
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.
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.
Close encounters with a student of Gurdjieff
Training the body, training the mind
Four steps to take on the road of life
From the Christian esoteric tradition, a path beyond the mind
A conversation with spiritual pioneer Ram Dass
A conversation with visionary philanthropist Nipun Mehta
A conversation with physicist Leo Piilonen
A conversation with Frankl’s grandson and a Frankl family champion.
A poem by Yu Xuanji from the Winter of 1994.
A poem by Walt Whitman in our Summer Issue, Happiness.
A poem by Linda McCarriston
A short poem by A. R. Ammons
A spiritual master on what it takes
Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore
Rafe Martin offers a retelling of a traditional Buddhist Jataka tale.
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.
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at the first-ever issue of Parabola, “The Hero.” Excerpts include PL Travers’ beautiful essay on the origins and the uses of mythic symbols. Please consider supporting this podcast and Parabola […]
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.
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at two essays from Parabola Magazine’s archives that explore the relationship between body and spirit
“Nonviolence isn’t just a philosophy of resistance. It is a way of life. Nonviolence is the thoughts we have, the words that we use, the clothes that we wear, the things that we say. It […]
Little Gidding has been described as a “thin place” where there is only a slim veil between time and eternity.
King David, Leonard Cohen and the Search for Meaning
Every search begins in poverty. Something is needed. Something is lacking. But knowledge is too poor to know what, so a search also begins in not knowing.
On my college campus in the late Spring of 1970, I witnessed the events surrounding the deaths of four Kent State students from National Guardsmen’s bullets. Something changed in me.