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.

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. We can try to explain them in modern academic terms, but at the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

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The Engaged Contemplative Spirituality of Thomas Merton

By Jim Griffin

There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.

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Getting Back in Time

Richard Gault on technology and our relationship to time.

“Lewis Mumford designated the clock as the most critical invention for our civilisation.”

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Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

“Mysticism is not necessarily something weird or wonderful: it consists of a certain kind of attention to reality in all its facets.”

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A Thing of Beauty…

Dante’s Paradiso

“Let us say that beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.” – Barbara Velacott

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A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

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Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

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Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just as a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

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A Caravan on a Spiritual Silk Road

Warren Kenton
“Kabbalah is the Jewish version of the eternal teaching that you find in all the spiritual traditions”

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CONTACT

Editorial Enquiries:

Jane Clark, Editor

jane.clark(at)besharamagazine.org