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…

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.

Painting and the Contemplative Life

Artist and psychotherapist Benet Haughton talks about the spiritual vision that underpins his life and work

Something has to come through that I haven’t seen before, that is transformative, so that I’m surprised, genuinely surprised, by it.”

The Revival of the Commons

Political strategist David Bollier explains how a new economic/cultural paradigm is challenging the increasing ‘enclosure’ of wealth and human creativity.

“Identity and human flourishing come about through having a connection, a relationship with others, including non-human life and the earth itself.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

“The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture”

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

CONTACT

Editorial Enquiries:

Jane Clark, Editor

jane.clark(at)besharamagazine.org