Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. A lifelong scholar/translator of Rumi, author of more than thirty books on Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, Andrew has devoted his work to envisioning inspired solutions for the world’s current crisis.

Born in south India in 1952 where he lived as a child, Andrew credits this early period with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred. He left India to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University in 1970 with a scholarship to study history. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship to All Soul’s College, England’s highest academic honor.

By 1977 Andrew returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices. In 1978 he met a succession of Indian saints and sages and began his long study and practice of Hinduism. In 1984, Andrew began a ten-year-long exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism. In 1992, he met Father Bede Griffiths in his ashram in south India near Andrew’s place of birth. It was this meeting that helped him synthesize the whole of his mystical explorations and reconcile eastern with western mysticism.