Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action

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North Atlantic Books, Oct 23, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 592 pages
This culmination of award-winning author Andrew Harvey’s life’s work bridges the great divide between spiritual resignation and engaged spiritual activism. A manifesto for the transformation of the world through the fusion of deep mystical peace with the clarity of radical wisdom, it is a wake-up call to put love and compassion to urgent, focused action. According to Harvey, we are in a massive global crisis reflected by a mass media addicted to violence and trivialization at a moment when what the world actually needs is profound inspiration, a return to the heart-centered way of the Divine Feminine, the words of the mystics throughout the ages, and the cultivation of the nonviolent philosophies of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Dalai Lama.
 
Harvey’s concepts of radical passion and sacred activism fly in the face of restraint, of pessimism, of denial, of all that is inhumane, fusing the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice and for healing the division between heaven and earth, heart and will, body and soul, prayer and action. Sacred activism asks that we engage deeply on a personal, spiritual, and political level so as to become a fully empowered, fully active, and contemplative humanity that can turn tragedy into grace, and desolation into the opportunity to build and co-create a new world.
 
Unlike many spiritual books, Radical Passion does not veil the dark with artificial hope. It explores the catastrophes of our current times and celebrates the ecstatic hope and divinity that is possible—right now and in the future.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Conclusion to The Return of the Mother 1993
34
Foreword to Spiritual Writings on Mary
45
On the Black Madonna Interview with
53
Mary as the Black Madonna from The Son of Man
73
Introduction to The Teachings of Rumi
85
Preface to Steles by Victor Segalen translated
94
Interview with Daniel Joseph Polikoff about In
104
The Compelling Power of Teresa of Avila Interview
326
Articles from the Huffington Post by Andrew Harvey
342
Andrews Story from Heart Yoga
348
The Sacred Activism of Heart Yoga Interview with
356
Chapter Five
371
Interview from Return
389
Life With
402
Introduction
413

Foreword to The Seasons of the Soul The Poetic
135
The Collected Poems
170
Introduction
181
Introduction to Teachings of the Hindu Mystics
189
Introduction to Perfume of the Desert
205
Foreword to The Way of a Pilgrim translated
212
Introduction to Teachings of the Christian Mystics
220
Jesus as Guide
229
Foreword to Zohar translated and annotated
240
Introduction to Essential Teachings by His Holiness
249
Afterword to A journey in Ladalah2000 Edition
260
Foreword to The Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimy
277
Introduction
295
The Unfolding of a Prophet Interview with
301
Interview with Janet Thomas
420
A Memoir of the Dark Night
426
Chapter Seven
481
Sacred Activism Interview with Simran Singh
495
Foreword to New Self New World by Philip Shepherd
501
Follow Your Heartbreak into the Eye of the Storm
512
World Crisis Accountability and Change
530
From Human to Divine the Path
537
The Hope Interview with Sharon Hall
548
Bibliography
557
Permissions
563
About the Author
569
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The author of more than two dozen books, Andrew Harvey began his study and practice of Hinduism in 1978 after meeting a succession of Indian saints and sages. He has studied with masters such as Thuksey Rinpoche and Father Bede Griffiths for more than 30 years. Harvey was awarded the Christmas Humphrey prize for A Journey in Ladakh, the Humanities Team Award (an award previously received by Desmond Tutu) for his 2010 body of work, and a Nautilus Award for his book The Hope:A Guide to Sacred Activism. He is founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.

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