Third Empire: Politics, Gnosticism and Christianity in the Modern Era

Paul Johnson, usually acute, prejudices the case against Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) in the chapter that he devotes to the instigator of modern drama in his Intellectuals (1993), where the author of Emperor and Galilean (1873) keeps company with the likes of Karl Marx, Berthold Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, and Lillian Hellman.  Johnson […]

Spiritual Crisis in the Modern World: Greg Kaminsky in interview

In our second podcast on spirituality, we talk to Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality, a long-running podcast dedicated to Western esotericism, Gnosticism, the occult, and related subjects. Some of the subjects we tackle in this conversation include the organic nature of civilizations, spirituality and power, “storming heaven,” contact with the spiritual entities, the real nature of […]

Aleister Crowley and the Thelemic State: Frater Enatheleme in interview

In the first of People of Shambhala’s podcasts we speak to Frater Enatheleme, the man behind AC2012, about Aleister Crowley, Thelema, Freemasonry, the “Illuminati,” the esoteric, and politics — with particular focus on Thelema as a political ideology. We also discuss recent revelations that the British Government has asked internet service providers to censor “esoteric […]

God in India: the Abrahamic and the Dharmic religions

Dr. Joris Gielen studied History, Science of Religion and Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven and also obtained the MA in Indian Philosophy and Religion at Banaras Hindu University. So, when I saw his Dutch-language book God in India (Lannoo, Tielt 2013), I thought to myself: at last, this might be someone who knows what he’s […]

Podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming: launch announcement

People of Shambhala is proud to announce its new podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming. We’ll be speaking with authors, thinkers and spiritual practitioners from a range of traditions, from Western esotericism and alternative religion to Buddhism and Hinduism as well as those who are blazing new intellectual and political trails. Radio Free Shambhala — […]

Sacrifices, priestesses, and the roots of modern sport

“What is remarkable about [ancient] Greek sport,” says David Sansone in Greek Athletics and the Genesis of Sport, “is the seriousness with which it was taken as a  cultural and even religious phenomenon.” “Sport is, no less than burnt offerings and libations, a form of ritual sacrifice.” Though spotlighted almost exclusively in entertainment — and rarely […]

The Higher Man in the modern world: a short survival guide

Can the Higher Man participate in the modern world, elevating his surroundings and giving those around him a glimpse of the transcendental even as he participates in worldly affairs? This is the question that confronts us today with so many spiritual people living in modern cities, with their fast pace of life and often superficial […]

Violence and the sacred: finding inner peace in times of outer conflict

A few weeks ago I happened to be reading Vali Nasr’s The Shia Revival on the way back from a martial arts session. I’d received a pretty firm kick in the side, and was conscious of pain in that area. I don’t want to overdramatize it, the injury meant sleeping was difficult for the following […]