The Spiritual Search: Moving Beyond East and West to a Truth Beyond Expression

with Ravi Ravindra
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT
August 1 – 29 (4 classes) No class August 22 

search for spirit ravi ravindraThe spiritual search is defined by a desire to learn why you have been created and what the meaning of your life is, and it’s an urge that is embedded in every person’s soul. The general religious and philosophical institutions often interfere with serious search, owing to their commitment to a specific religious perspective. In this class, we will explore how different religious perspectives can assist our search, and how they interfere.

If we can explore the perspectives of all religious traditions with sympathy and compassion, it is possible to go beyond any particular expression as all the great sages have insisted that Truth or God is beyond expression.

ravi ravindraRavi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as a professor in comparative religion, philosophy, and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at the School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit

Registration includes on-demand access to recordings of all of the classes, which can be viewed for one week following the date they were presented.  

TS Members: $60 • Nonmembers: $75  

Register here by July 31

 Course Topics:

  1. The basic attitudes and tendencies of the major East and West religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  2. The common features of spiritual search in East and West, especially in the mystical experiences of the sages everywhere
  3. How these traditions have influenced all aspects of the cultures, including philosophy, theology, music, the arts, and poetry.
  4. The myth of creation in the West vs the myth of emanation in the East
  5. How do we reconcile these perspectives without thinking that half the sages got the matter wrong?

Program Format 

This is a live, interactive online class that will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. Our goal is to send recordings to you within two business days, often sooner. Recordings will be available for on-demand viewing for one week following each class date.  

Software Platform

Zoom Meetings for Windows, Mac, or mobile device; microphone or telephone connection required; webcam preferred; minimum recommended network bandwidth 1.5 Mbps. Please download Zoom for free at, and test your connection at Please email for further information.

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