Walt Whitman: Song of Myself, Part 50

A poem by Walt Whitman in our issue, Happiness.

Parabola: The Search for Meaning : Free Complete Digital Index, 1976-2019

The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois has generously assembled a free searchable index for Parabola magazine readers.

Meditation and Service: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta

A conversation with visionary philanthropist Nipun Mehta

Endpoint from “The Divine Feminine,” Spring 2016

Despite a growing awareness of the Divine Feminine, women remain ineligible to head many major religious groups and institutions […]


Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore

The Tree of Life, An Interview with Wangari Maathai

An interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

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.”

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.

The Thanksgiving Prayer, Adapted from the Mohawk

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. […]

Common Sense, An Interview with Peter Kingsley

Over 2,500 years ago, Peter Kingsley tells us, Parmenides and Empedocles laid the basic foundations for the world and culture we now live in.