Of Rumi and Apocalypse with Andrew Harvey


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Program Description

One of the most powerful, prolific and profoundly mystical poets in history is brought alive by an eloquent modern-day mystical writer with an eye to the larger human story. Here Andrew Harvey tells us of the life and work of Rumi, an ecstatic thirteenth-century Sufi poet. He expands Rumi’s wondrous messages into a transcendental guide for our troubled times. Warning against denial on one hand and naive acceptance of gurus on the other, Harvey inspires us to face the world’s pain directly, and to take the possibility of apocalypse seriously. But he also inspires awe and wonder at the divine power and possibilities available to us if only “human beings could see how drastic the situation is–and could also see that the divine is here, and wanting to help, and trying to seep through every crack.”

Harvey was raised in India and educated at Oxford. He is a renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism. He is the author of many books including Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi (Meeramma 1988), Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening (Henry Holt 991), The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (North Atlantic 1994), The Direct Path (Broadway Books 2000), Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ (Tarcher/Putnam 1998), Return to the Mother (Tarcher 2000), Light Upon Light (Tarcher 2004), Teachings of Rumi (Shambhala 1999), A Journey to Ladakh: Encounters with Buddhism (Mariner 2000), and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House, August 2009). He is also the Founder/ Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. To learn more about the work of Andrew Harvey go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How the story and significance of Rumi’s mysticism and poetry is relevant today
  • What is the connection between suffering and enlightenment
  • Why be a bodhisattva
  • What is an appropriate attitude in apocalyptic times
  • Why there is a need for political action in spiritual life
  • What are the pitfalls of the master-disciple relationship

Program Number: 2451             Host: Michael Toms              Interview Date: 3/11/1994


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