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Turn Me To Gold: Lecture And Reading
May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Andrew Harvey, internationally renowned Rumi scholar, teacher, author of more than 40 books, and founder of Sacred Activism , is releasing what may be his consummate work, Turn Me to Gold: 108 Poems of Kabir. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey has devoted much of his life to studying the world’s mystical traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufi mysticism. Andrew became enraptured not only with the exquisite spiritual illumination he discovered in Kabir, but also in the poet’s grounding relevance to our troubled times. “Unlike Rumi,” writes Harvey, “Kabir is the tough, no-nonsense peasant who makes things real and fierce and right without any adornment. He is the master of laser-like clarity, simplicity, directness, passion and strength, and this laser-like purity and refusal to buy into any kind of illusion is exactly what spiritual seekers need amid our devastating global crisis.”
Written in the form of a symphony of four movements, Turn Me to Gold is both beautiful and blazing. The origin of the title Turn Me to Gold is a statement by Kabir that one drop of divine love can turn you to gold. What Andrew and Kabir mean by “gold” is someone who is fully embodied—not just inspired in the mind but who experiences God in the body, in the cells. The birth that is trying to take place on our planet, Harvey insists, is not only through people becoming conscious of the Divine but from those who have integrated and embodied the Divine. Kabir, then, is the supreme guide for allowing ourselves to be “turned to gold.”
Embellished by extraordinary, evocative photographs by Brett Hurd illustrating the divinity of ordinary life, this book reveals our capacity to be turned to gold if we are willing to reject the madness and engage in the death and rebirth that joyously await us. Registration is required. Call (312) 786-1882 or go to www.equilibrium-e3.com