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Searching for authentic spiritual guidance

By - Mar 26, 2016 - Category Articles
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Spirituality, as it is conceived by Ostad Elahi, is not based on love so much as it is on developing one’s sound reason. It is a matter of opening one’s reason to the spiritual dimension of things by actively engaging in a process of education of our thought. This education, like all forms of learning, naturally requires a form of guidance, that is, a source apt to teach correct spiritual principles and to accompany the students through the delicate phase of application of these principles. The choice of which guidance to follow is an essential one, for it will determine the quality of the principles that will nourish our thoughts: for example, will these principles be true and up-to-date or tainted and poisonous?

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The right to divine guidance: how can we make it effective? Debate.

By - Feb 9, 2016 - Category Articles
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Human beings aren’t what they are from the outset. Endowed with reason and free will, it is our duty to bring about humanity within ourselves by actively engaging in our process of spiritual perfection. But in order to direct our efforts toward real spiritual perfection, we need a road map to show us which way to go and how to actually get there. In this regard, Ostad Elahi talks about a right to divine guidance, which is the logical consequence of our duty to perfect ourselves.

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Cause for reflection. What do you think?

Ostad Elahi has often insisted on the importance of the principle of causality in spirituality. This principle can be summed up in a simple phrase: nothing happens without a cause. The first consequence that follows is that it is—in principle—always possible to trace back the cause or causes that lead to a specific effect. As […]

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[News] e-OstadElahi mobile app available now!

By - Sep 19, 2015 - Category Articles
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The e-OstadElahi.com app will allow you to access all the articles published on e-OstadElahi.com from your smartphone or tablet, wherever you are, even if you do not have access to the internet. Its simple and intuitive navigation system will allow you to easily find all the articles you might be interested in. You will also be able to save your favorite articles directly on your mobile or tablet to access them even faster. How does it work?
The app opens on a screen showing the list of all the articles in reverse chronological order (newest articles at the top). On iOS (coming soon on Android), a search bar at the top of the screen allows for a simple search (by terms contained in the articles) through all the articles.

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A Radiant Personality

By - Feb 28, 2015 - Category Articles
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This Februray 28th will be the 95th anniversary of Hadj Nemat’s departure. The following excerpts from Prof. During’s The Spirit of Sounds emphasize the particular circumstances that accompanied Hadj Nemat’s spiritual conversion and the process through which he gradually came to be known and revered as a mystical pole. They also contain indications regarding certain salient aspects of his personality, such as his unfailing faith and courage.

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[News] Video of a “Sunday at the Met” dedicated to the Art of Ostad Elahi

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A lecture and a series of concerts presented on 16 November 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi are now available in video on the website of the museum. This “Sunday at the Met” features an introduction by Ken Moore, Curator in Charge of the Department of Musical Instruments, a lecture by Jean During, Director of Research at the Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie and performances by the Garcia-Fons Quartet and Parissa and Ensemble.

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[News] Nested comments on e-ostadelahi.com

By - Dec 20, 2014 - Category Articles
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In order to provide its readers a more interactive participatory experience, e-ostadelahi.com is introducing nested comments: you may now reply directly to a comment by clicking on the “Reply to this comment” link. It thus becomes easier to follow the discussion.

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It’s the little things…

By - Dec 2, 2014 - Category Articles
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In a book about self-esteem, the French psychiatrist Christophe André cites a number of social psychology studies according to which, in any given field, most of us feel just a little bit superior to the average person. We feel a bit more skilled, a bit more intelligent, we think that we have better taste, etc. “Based on these studies taken as a whole, he writes, 67 to 96% of people overestimate themselves in comparison to their peers. And that phenomenon is fully subconscious…”

If this is true when it comes to professional skills or taste, it is also true, and perhaps even more so, when it comes to ethics. Indeed, while we may sometimes nurture an inferiority complex with regards to our looks, general knowledge or intelligence, we rarely have similar doubts with regards to our moral values.

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[News] Clive Bell in The Wire on Ostad Elahi’s music

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The musician, composer and writer Clive Bell dedicates his November column in the British music magazine The Wire to Ostad Elahi’s music and the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi”.

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NYC-ARTS: a tour of the exhibition “The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi”

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Ken Moore, Curator in charge of the Department of Musical Instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives a tour of the exhibition “The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi” on NYC-ARTS’s latest episode.

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