Chloë Goodchild in conversation with author, scholar and mystic Andrew Harvey, discussing the poet Kabir, compassion, the divine child, the current climate crisis and sacred activism.
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Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.
Andrew was born in south India in 1952. He left to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University in 1970 with a scholarship to study history. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship to All Soul’s College, England’s highest academic honor.
By 1977, he had become disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to India. Over the next 30 years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices. In 1978 he met a succession of Indian saints and began his long study and practice of Hinduism. In 1983, in Ladakh, he met the great Tibetan adept, Thuksey Rinpoche, and undertook with him the Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva vows. Andrew’s book about that experience, Journey in Ladakh, won the Christmas Humphries Award.
In 1984, Andrew began a life-long exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism. Andrew has written three books on that subject: The Way of Passion, The Celebration of Rumi and Perfume of the Desert, an anthology of Sufi mysticism.
After authoring more than 30 books, Andrew is releasing what may be his consummate work, Turn Me to Gold: 108 Poems of Kabir. Unlike Rumi, Kabir is the tough, no-nonsense peasant, the master of laser-like clarity, simplicity, directness, passion, and strength...exactly what spiritual seekers need amid our devastating global crisis.
Chloë Goodchild is an international singer, innovatory educator, author and founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), dedicated to the realization of compassionate communication in all realms of human life. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s deep encounter with her inner self, and began a lifetime’s experiential research into the voice as a catalyst for personal evolution and global transform