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Vol. 46, No. 1
Listening on the Brink
But not till the Time-Spirit in man is ready, can the inner and ultimate prevail over the outer and immediate reality.
On the word of Sri Aurobindo, so begins our spring issue.
Across these pages our contributors share what they’ve heard in their search for signs of the Times—adding, with Collaboration, the inner and ultimate, i.e. Spirit, to the conversation as we all play brinkmanship with planetary life and evolution.
What effect might combining Spirit with Time have on our shared intuition of strolling blindfolded to the brink of Big Time? Where might we find inklings of that effect? And how might it affect Mother Earth and us when the Time-Spirit is ready to break through the crust of millennia?
Lynda Lester, lying on the cold floor of the Denver International Airport after a canceled flight, gives a hint of the effect she calls “Napping with the Divine.” She isn’t complaining. Matthew Andrews leads us along the trail of a hunch, a slight shift, with its starts and stops and confusions, until it begins to change our lived experience from banality into marvel. We know how to do this, he assures us in his reflection “On the Brink.” Beloo Mehra lays out the paradox, while remaining quite certain that this is not a never-ending winter, in her lyrical “A Mighty Guidance.”
What then is time? asks Karen Mitchell, touching on the ideas of thinkers—from St. Augustine to Jacob Needleman—in “About Time.” Gloria Sayavedra’s photo essay, “Art of Diversity,” brings us vibrant street art that reflects an unforgettable summer of protest in Los Angeles. This movement still echoes in us. She was there and she shares her insights in English and Spanish.
Bahman Shirazi’s conversation with American Veda author Philip Goldberg explores the impact of Indian spiritual teachings on American life over the past half century. In “Life’s Big Questions,” Phil argues that we’re essentially becoming a nation of yogis. Whoa!
Here’s another clue. Philosopher Rod Hemsell recently noticed something that Martin Heidegger identified in the 1930s: a descent of spiritual consciousness through poetic inspiration in Friedrich Hölderlin’s work. “Poetizing Spirit” is Rod’s reflection on this process in two of his own poems spanning 50 years. Wonder what will come through Amanda Gorman’s voice when she looks back over 50 years.
Sri Aurobindo experienced an outpouring of poetizing spirit in the 1930s. We love his poetry in Collaboration. Every line is loaded with the future’s call. His sonnet “Transformation,” for example, opens on vastness and rapture traveling all the way down to nerves and cells. See our back cover.
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