"The experience of God is a living thing, but the thought
about it is an invention of the mind. And by the time the mind gets through, the
experience has moved on."
Rev. Howard Thurman (from Volume 2)
"God spreads his canopy of love over everyone. He keeps us
under the shade of his grace. He gives us the milk of wisdom and soothes our
tiredness. He sends peace to all lives. May we be one in tranquility."
M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (from Volume 2)
Program 1a) THE UN'S OPTIMIST IN RESIDENCE. On one of our
most popular programs ever, Robert Muller, Ass't. Secretary General of the UN,
radiates faith and positive thinking as the only antidote to bleakness in our
world. Hear how unflagging optimism helped him elude the Nazis.
1b) THE SPIRITUAL IMMUNE SYSTEM. Mitch Gilbert, the Philadelphia commentator,
describes our own innate radar for spotting personal problems and escaping them
-- through wisdom.
Program 2a) A MEDITATION BY HOWARD THURMAN. Counting
Martin Luther King Jr. among his disciples, Rev. Howard Thurman stamped his
spiritual influence on an entire generation. His message of God's universality
is evoked through excerpts from his stirring "Meditations."
WOMEN OF FAITH. Actress Joanne Hamlin looks at the role of outstanding women in
America's spiritual history. Among other women of strong faith, Hamlin
re-creates the life and philosophy of Christian Science founder, Mary Baker
Program 3a) JAMES DILLET FREEMAN. Conversation and readings by the
inspirational poet. His many books and stories have tried to "justify the ways
of God to man." Freeman, whose vivid verse has twice been carried for solace by
astronauts to the moon, reads and comments.
Program 3b) DAISY NEWMAN. The
relationship between artistic creativity and one's closeness to God is
considered in these intriguing remarks by best-selling novelist Daisy Newman.
She reflects on the novel as a medium for exploring the human
Program 4a) DIALOGUE WITH A SUFI MASTER. M.R. Bawa
Muhaiyaddeen, the luminous Sufi said to be more than 100 years old,
characterizes the self-defeating predicament of striving for prestige, worldly
gain and "magical" powers -- instead of divine wisdom and love.
4b) ECSTATIC POETRY OF THE HEART. Much in the tradition of ancient Persia's
transcendentalist Rumi, "Ecstasy of the Heart" by contemporary Ceylonese lyrist
Fuard Uduman borrows stunning images from nature to depict the inner human quest
Program 5a) CHOOSING LOVE OVER FEAR. The author of "Teach Only
Love," Gerald Jampolsky, MD, offers his perspective on life as a continuous
choice between love and fear. Faith helps one to choose love. Jampolsky's own
spiritual evolution is powerfully described.
Program 5b) CENTERING.
Brother M. Basil Pennington discusses prayer as it arises from "the center of
our being." The author of "Centering Prayer" explores how to find a place in
modern life for meditative practice.
Program 6a) JOURNALISTS OF THE SOUL.
This fascinating segment profiles contemporary journalists who have attempted to
document the human spiritual experience. Includes: Ronald Eyre of BBC-TV; Peggy
Taylor of "New Age Journal"; and Lex Hixon of WBAI's "In the
Program 6b) MR. ROGERS. For parents wishing to impart spiritual
values to their children, Rev. Fred Rogers describes the philosophy underlying
his public TV series. He discusses the need for quiet time and the message that
difficult emotions can be "mentioned and managed."
• Kindred Spirits
Volume 2 has been re-packaged into a 2-CD set
Total time: 12 half-hours