Toward a Holistic Politics

Although a relatively obscure thinker in the English-speaking world, it is to the German theorist Oswald Spengler that we must look to find the influence on much of the political thought of the West. Huntington’s “clash of civilization” thesis is Spenglarian, as is Walter Laquer’s Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent and […]

French spiritual author Rene Guenon translated into Farsi

In recent decades the writings of French metaphysician Rene Guenon (1886-1951) have been quietly gaining more adherents in the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. Guenon is one of the few Western spiritual thinkers to attract the attention of contemporary Muslim thinkers, although his influence is largely confined to non-political, esoterically-inclined members of the faith. […]

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the Papcy, or trying to grab power and land for themselves. For the ordinary zealot, one of the bigger issues was the power of images, or […]

The Black Belt Way of Life

Richard Andrew King is the founder of the Karate Institute of America and the author of more than ten books, including The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master. He spoke to People of Shambaha recently about Karate, spirituality, and how to apply the principles of martial arts to everyday life. […]

Mishima: the aesthetics of action

It has been more than four decades since Yukio Mishima — Japanese playwright, modern samurai, nationalist, bodybuilder, and all round enigma — sent a shock wave through Japan by committing seppuku, the ritual suicide of the samurai. Yet, today, he is back in public view. July saw the launch of Koji Wakamatsu’s movie 11.25 The […]

T’ai Chi: New World Consciousness

Bill Douglas is the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong and the founder of World T’ai Chi Day. We talked to him about mind-body arts, and how they are subtly shaping the world around us, from US prisoners finding inner calm to the role of meditation in the Occupy movement. Although […]