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A New Conception of God

A New Conception of God

Keith BuzzellNov 10, 20204 min read

It is our view that it is critically important for the future of mankind that a continuing effort be made to understand the depths of Gurdjieff’s “new conception of God in the world.” The historical concepts of God, extending back…

Parabola Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Paramahansa Yogananda in America

Parabola Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Paramahansa Yogananda in America

Parabola EditorsSep 14, 202014 min read

On September 19, 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda arrived in Boston, bringing with him spiritual teachings that would inspire millions in years to come, He conveyed those teachings through his presence, his organization Self-Realization Fellowship, and his bestselling 1946 book, Autobiography of a…

Thomas Merton and the Language of Life

Thomas Merton and the Language of Life

John Justin DavidJun 8, 202013 min read

The early Greeks defined presence as the fundamental characteristic of being alive.1  I believe it is not easy for any of us to be fully present, and that we settle for shadows and glimpses, for fleeting moments that sift through…

Walking with George

Walking with George

Sofía Vélez-CalderónJun 8, 202010 min read

I had never been good at practicing mindfulness, or being mindful—period—until I got a dog. Observing your breath, extolled as the surefire way to become present, left me in such a deep state of hyperventilation I quickly wanted a break…

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeMay 4, 202031 min read

Watching the sun rise over the wetlands, the mist fading, even here in the midst of nature there is the strange stillness of a world in lockdown — waiting, wondering, anxiety, and fear its companions. I am writing these words…

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeMay 4, 202031 min read

Watching the sun rise over the wetlands, the mist fading, even here in the midst of nature there is the strange stillness of a world in lockdown — waiting, wondering,…

Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Thomas PowersApr 28, 20191 min read

Philosophy Instructing Boethius on the Role of God. Coëtivy Master (Henri de Vulcop?), c. 1460-1470. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment. Getty Center, Los Angeles A classic…

LETTERS FROM HELL

LETTERS FROM HELL

Jan CheripkoAug 10, 20199 min read

VALDEMAR ADOLPH THISTED. PREFACE BY GEORGE MACDONALD. WENTWORTH PRESS, 2019. PP. 246. $24.95 Reviewed by Jan Cheripko Originally published in 1866, Letters from Hell was the creation of Danish author…

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola EditorsSep 2, 20211 min read

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue…

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Susan McCaslinMay 28, 201818 min read

Photo by Heidi Sandstrom (@bravelyventure) “I’m guided by a signal in the heavens.” (from Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”) Early Guides The etymology of the…

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Betsy CornwellFeb 18, 20201 min read

Is there such a thing as deciduous ideas? Ideas that have had their season. Some flare into color as a last statement of themselves, others dry modestly and fall away.…

Polychromatic Mysticism: A Visit to Little Gidding, by J. M. White

Polychromatic Mysticism: A Visit to Little Gidding, by J. M. White

J.M. WhiteMar 22, 201710 min read

T.S. Eliot We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place…

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Joyce KornblattNov 15, 201517 min read

Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest…

A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

Betsy CornwellMar 19, 20201 min read

These are challenging times for all of us. We at Parabola are offering a free PDF of our “Alone and Together” issue to anyone who would like one, and we…

Thomas Merton and the Language of Life

Thomas Merton and the Language of Life

John Justin DavidJun 8, 202013 min read

The early Greeks defined presence as the fundamental characteristic of being alive.1  I believe it is not easy for any of us to be fully present, and that we settle…

Round and Round but Never There, by Eliezer Shore

Round and Round but Never There, by Eliezer Shore

Eliezer ShoreNov 15, 20188 min read

Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi If I had to map out the geometry of my life, if I had to plot its trajectory, it would most…

Growing a Cross-Cultural Garden, by Padma Hejmadi

Growing a Cross-Cultural Garden, by Padma Hejmadi

Padma HejmadiMar 6, 201814 min read

Some time ago—after a peripatetic existence across the U.S., my native soil of India, and a few points in between—I get to put down roots for a while in a…

A New Conception of God

A New Conception of God

Keith BuzzellNov 10, 20204 min read

It is our view that it is critically important for the future of mankind that a continuing effort be made to understand the depths of Gurdjieff’s “new conception of God…

Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

Geneen Marie HaugenMay 16, 201915 min read

John Atkinson Grimshaw, Midsummer Night, or Iris, 1876 “Go forth onto the land”—and reanimate the world Descended from the indigenous hunter-gathers of the European arctic, I am an uprooted –…