BESHARA MAGAZINE

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World 

Beshara Magazine is an independent, non-profit publication which aims to provide a platform for intelligent and thought-provoking material embodying a unifying perspective. Its concern is not with one particular field of activity, but with unitative ideas and initiatives as they arise in many different areas of contemporary thought – for example, within the spiritual traditions, the sciences, economics and finance, and the arts, as well as in our developing understanding of the environment and the fundamentals of well-being.

Our aim is to present a few articles each month, allowing the content to grow into a substantial collection over time. As such, we hark back to the original root of the word ‘magazine’, which derives from the Arabic term for a storehouse or treasury (makhan pl. makhāzin), as well as to its 19th century English usage as “a storehouse for information” or “a portable receptacle for valuable things”. The word Beshara is originally Aramaic, and its meaning can be rendered as “good news”; thus it, too, indicates the very positive and valuable effect that any movement towards a more inclusive and harmonious perspective represents.

Beshara magazine is published by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based educational charity ( Reg. nos. 296769 England & Wales, SC039933 Scotland). It is supported entirely by donations and voluntary work. Any donations received through this website go towards editorial expenses and support of the web-site.

Editor: Jane Clark

Assistant Editor: Michael Hornsby

Editorial Team: Michael Cohen, David Hornsby, Martin Lam, Judy Kearns, Elizabeth Roberts, Richard Twinch, Cecilia Twinch.

Connecting with the Unseen World

Kira Perov, wife and long-term collaborator of the video artist Bill Viola, talks to Jane Carroll about the ideas and experiences which inspire their work

“These video works give us the gift of time. They give the viewer time to spend with these images, to move from our physical ‘real’ world to a metaphysical one.”

Calligraphy – A Sacred Tradition

Distinguished calligrapher Ann Hechle talks about her lifelong quest to understand the underlying unity of the world.

As I grapple with putting letters, words and drawings together, I am using strategies that belong to a much bigger and grander world, which are part of universal law.

A Thought at Christmas…

What is the universal significance of this festival celebrated at a pivotal moment of the year?

“What would it be to experience time, once more as the moving image of eternity, the continual incarnation of the divine…?”

Reconciliation and Justice in Australia

How a nation is trying to heal the wounds of its colonial past and reconcile with its indigenous people

People had been asked: “What can be done to heal the situation?” and many had replied, “If only someone would say sorry”.

Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

Jane Carroll visits a new memorial which aims to heal a dark period of American history

We have to face up to the past in order to come to a proper understanding of ourselves and our world

Bewildered by Love and Longing

Michael Sells and Simone Fattal talk about a new translation of Ibn ‘Arabi’s famous cycle of love poems, ‘Translation of Desires’

“For Ibn ‘Arabi longing or desire is a cosmic force. It goes beyond all boundaries, and it is the closest taste of the infinite that people can have in their own experience.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Emma Clark visits the Luohan at the Temple Gallery in London

This majestic and profound sculpture is both timeless and deeply meaningful in its capacity to give us an insight into what it means to be human.

The Unity of Bee-ing

An interview with Heidi Herrmann about the work of The Natural Beekeeping Trust in preserving our precious populations of bees.

We need to address the many ways in which we have fallen so far from the ideal place of humanity. The bees demonstrate this as a whole phenomenon – as ‘the Bee’.

The Zoroastrian Flame

Khojeste Mistree talks about one of the world’s oldest surviving religions and what we can learn from it in the present day.

“One of the principles of the Zoroastrian way of life is to promote harmony in this world, and we believe that harmony begins by being happy within ourselves.

A Thing of Beauty…

Mark Boston reflects on painting the film Loving Vincent

The entire movement of the world sometimes seems an endless, elaborately painted masterpiece, with every moment in a slightly different configuration from the last.

CONTACT

Editorial Enquiries:

Jane Clark, Editor

jane.clark(at)besharamagazine.org