The Poetry of Love

By Jon Sievert

The word “love” is so pervasive in the world that we use it frequently without devoting much time to understanding exactly what it is. At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, poet/teacher/author Ravi Nathwani shares the poetry of love by great poets, saints, sages, mystics, and artists across cultures and the ages.

UU Service
“The Poetry of Love”
By Ravi Nathwani
Sun, Oct 9, 10:30am
La Posada de Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The poetry of mystics and spiritual seekers has touched and inspired us over the centuries. In many ways, it is the perfect medium for us to delve into the profound mysteries of the self and reflect upon what is said between the lines. Nathwani will read from two books of collected poems he has coedited, Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems and Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems. Over the ages, the number 108 has symbolized our hidden connections with the sacred. There are 108 earthly desires, 108 human feelings, 108 delusions, and 108 beads in the traditional meditation mala. The poems span a wide range of cultures and civilizations from India to Europe to Japan to the Middle East, and each offers a unique perspective about the path to awakening. Some of the poems express belief in a higher being. Some convey instantaneous awakening. Others lead the reader down a disciplined path of contemplation.

Nathwani was born to a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He created a new course on Hindu Yoga and Buddhist Meditation and taught it at Tufts University from 1998 to 2014. He also taught at JFK University in California. Ravi currently leads satsangs and meditation groups and teaches The Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Law of Karma and Advaita Vedanta. He has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Mumbai, London, Boston, San Francisco, and Mexico.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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