All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the Modern World. Piers Moore Ede

All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the Modern World. Piers Moore Ede

Piers Moore Ede

Language: English

Pages: 139

ISBN: 2:00057555

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is the story of a man who embarked on a quest that many of us have dreamed about. Disillusioned by a world hooked on material wealth and scientific fact, he decided to travel across the globe in search of something more meaningful: the magical, the mystical. His journey takes him from snow-blanketed villages in the Himalayas to tiny, covert communities of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's largest religious festival on the banks of the swollen Ganges to a dappled, ancient Sufi quarter in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All Kinds of Magic" is a fascinating exploration of the hidden world of miracles that is at once deeply personal and universal in its scope.

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particularly in the largely communist state of Bengal, these figures have been driven out, much like the European witches of the Middle Ages. Elsewhere they remain, albeit on increasingly shaky ground as Mr Ghosh’s forces of rationalism sweep through India, labelling trance healers and tantrics fraudulent. Certainly, they are unusual figures, professing knowledge of ancestors and ghosts and often the ability to avert natural disasters and infertility, or to exert control over an unpredictable

dais and he put out a frail hand to steady himself. Several of the spectators began to tut beneath their breath. ‘Yes,’ he confessed. ‘Oh God! An old friend has given me something to bury. Three months past. He told me it was valuable and I was to keep it for him until he asked for it back.’ ‘Give it back at once!’ said Mata-ji, flatly. ‘That package is cursed and is bringing harm upon your household. Take it from your house this very night and return it. Then you must bring a Brahmin to your

was trying to teach. Some Islamic modernists go further still, rejecting Rumi altogether. Their principal complaint, it seems, is in Rumi’s assertion of absolute unity with God – called Wahdat-ul-wujood in Sufism. From the earliest origins of Sufi mysticism, this notion has caused problems. That anyone should claim absolute unity with God smacks of heresy, a lack of humility. In times gone by, many Sufis were put to death for such statements, such as Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, also known as

repeating his entreaty like a kind of mantra. ‘Carpets, carpets, carpets, lovely carpets.’ ‘That’s enough now,’ said the man. He switched to Turkish and the child ran scurrying to some inner sanctum. He turned to me. ‘How is his English? Very good, no?’ ‘Very good. He’ll sell the hind leg off a donkey one of these days.’ The man roared. ‘A donkey’s leg, you say! Well, that would be something. Now, have a seat. What kind of carpet will you take?’ I confessed that, if the truth be absolutely

the ramifications of which are still unfolding day by day. As a plant with a genuine power to benefit humanity, it remains the most potent I’ve discovered, although I accept that the experience may not be for everyone. After a journey witnessing so many others find their own way through the veil, it was simply overwhelming to break through myself at last, as if I’d finally begun to understand where my search was leading after all. That veil, ultimately, is human consciousness itself, our last

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