Of Rumi And Apocalypse with Andrew Harvey

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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." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Andrew 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 also the Founder/ Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.

His books include:

To learn more about the work of Andrew Harvey go to www.andrewharvey.net.

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