The Golden Sufi Center

SACRED SEED: A Collection of Essays
Compiled and edited by

the Global Peace Initiative of Women
with an introduction by Vandana Shiva
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"A Best Spiritual Book of the Year"
Spirituality & Practice

"... More than an essay collection,
this is a call for worldwide action.
—Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents  |  Excerpts  |  Description  |  Contributors
Translations: Italian and Korean
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publication date: November 1, 2014
144 Pages | 7.5 x 7.5 inches | ISBN 13: 978-1890350-63-5
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Sacred Seed Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Dena Merriam, Founder and Convener, Global Peace Initiative of Women

  • Introduction by Dr. Vandana Shiva

  • Sacred Seed--The Orthodox Christian Tradition by His All-Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch

  • The Seed of Compassion by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

  • Seeds of a New Humanity by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

  • Seeds and the Story of the Soul by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

  • Seed As the Cosmic Principle by Swami Veda Bharati

  • Seeds of Promise by Rabbi Rami Shapiro

  • The Seed of Love by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

  • A Little Seed of Awakening by Acharya Judy Lief

  • Seed of Wisdom by Swami Atmarupananda

  • A Haudenosaunee Reflection on "Seed: The Power of Life" by Dr. Dan Longboat, Roronhiakewen (He Clears the Sky)

  • The Sacred Bond by Sobonfu Somé

  • The Sacred Mystery of Physis: Honoring Seed in Ancient Greece by Christoph Quarch, PhD

  • The Seed--The Source by Sister Jayanti

  • Seeds of the Spirit: A Call to Spiritual Action for Mother Earth A Haudenosaunee Reflection by Kahontakwas Diane Longboat

  • Seeds and the Sacred by Mary Ann Burris

  • There Is No Life Without a Seed and There Is No Seed Without a Life by Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita

  • Listening to the Hidden Heart of Seeds by Angela Fischer

  • And the Last Shall Be First by Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, NYC: Shailly Barnes, Adam Barnes, Rev. Liz Theoharis, and Rev. Kathy Maskell

  • Seeds and the Miracle of Life by Aliaa Rafea, PhD

  • The DNA of Our SOUL Cannot Be Genetically Modified! by Swami Omkarananda

  • The Power and Importance of the Seed: The Heritage of Nature's Intelligence by Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

  • The Interbreath of Life and the Seeds It Scatters 'Round Our Planet by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

  • The Rejuvenating Power of Seeds by Chief Tamale Bwoya

  • Our Great Little Relatives--Seeds! by Rev. Doju Dinajara Freire

  • The Seed and the Tao by Nan Lu, OMD

  • The Parable of the Sower by Rev. Richard Cizik

  • The Secret of the Seed by Sraddhalu Ranade

  • Seeds Are the Transcendent Stuff of Life by Blu Greenberg

  • The Stunted Seed by Teny Pirri-Simonian

  • The Seed-ing of Consciousness, Seed-ing of the Heart by Tiokasin Ghosthorse

  • Seeds and the Cosmic Seeding of Oneness by Sufi Rehman Muhaiyaddeen

  • The Language of the Seed by Anat Vaughan-Lee

  • Cosmic Ecology and Diversity: Lessons from the Vedas by Swamini Svatmavidyananda

  • Contributor Biographies

  • Photo Credits



"Diversity is a product of care, connection, and cultural pride. The mango breeders wanted to give us the best taste, the best quality. So they evolved the diversity of the delicious dasheri, langra, alphonso . . .

"The tribals and peasants who gave us rice diversity wanted to develop a rice for lactating mothers, a rice for babies, a rice for old people. They wanted to have rices that survive droughts and floods and cyclones, so they evolved climate-resilient rices. In the Himalaya, different rices are needed for different altitudes and different slopes. The intimacy and care that go with belonging to a place and a community allows diversity to flourish. Conserving and growing diversity comes as naturally as breathing."

Vandana Shiva, From the Introduction


"Every seed contains the potential to save the world. Each seed can keep millions of people from starvation. Each seed is a mirror and guardian of the world’s future. Each seed is the ecology that can sustain the economy. This is why seeds are sacred and why they are traditionally believed to be miraculous in indigenous circles."

HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Essay: Sacred Seed--The Orthodox Christian Tradition


"The food that shows up on our plates, meal after meal, is made available through far-reaching chains of interactions--of many people who have struggled under terrible conditions, of animals that are painfully exploited, and land that has been misused and contaminated. When we eat that food, the least we can do is feel some gratitude to all the beings that have taken part in the process so that we can live. It is essential that we awaken the seed of compassion in ourselves and make ethical choices that minimize the suffering of others."

HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Essay: The Seed of Compassion


"In every seed lie the components of all life the world has known from all time to now."

Sister Joan Chittister, Essay : Seeds of a New Humanity



"The fact that we have to fight for something so essential to life as the integrity of seeds, speaks to the real drama of this present time: that we have to fight to preserve what is most fundamental and sacred to life."

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Essay: Seeds and the Story of the Soul


"Each moment of time carries the potentiality of a seed that unfolds into future events."

Swami Veda Bharati, Essay: Seed as the Cosmic Principle


"Our kabbalists looked to the pomegranate as their metaphor for mystical union, a state they called Pardes Rimonim, the Garden of Pomegranates, where the infinite seeds of compassion, love, justice, and hope take root in the lives of those who enter it."

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Essay: Seeds of Promise


"A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love, which is as humble as it is powerful."

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Essay: The Seed of Love


"Ordinary seeds need the right combination of soil, water, and climate to grow. Once those conditions are in alignment, the seed will naturally begin to develop. The seed of Buddha Nature is the same. It will lie dormant until the right conditions come together. But once we discover this potential within us, we can water our seed with loving kindness and prepare its bed with mindfulness. When we do so, the growth of the seed of awakening will be effortless and natural."

Acharya Judy Lief, Essay: A Little Seed of Awakening


"Because of the nature of our constitution, we have been gifted with a diversity of seeds and nutrients to ensure our survival. These gifts are not about reinforcing our human propensity to dominate; rather they are about how we can learn to be a steward, within the sacred contract. It is only when we can humble ourselves enough to bow to this sacred contract that our survival is assured."

Sobonfu Somé, Essay: The Sacred Bond