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The Art of Personality: A Sufi Perspective

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

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How to Build Character

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How to Build Character

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How to Build Character

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In our age of instant information, speed and efficiency, the human mind has been left scattered, distracted and disoriented by the constant buzz of our devices, and virtual cravings—separating us from the vast possibilities for refined thought, perception, emotion and action. How can we reclaim these fundamental human qualities, and start to exert greater control over our time, cognition, and everyday choices? What threats does the increasing control of technology pose to our own selves, to our relationships, and to the world at large? And how can we forge a new kind of self-reliance that not only liberates us, but also helps us make the most of the positive influences of today’s technology?

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Nicholas Carr, acclaimed writer and former executive editor of Harvard Business Review, live on Intersections on Thursday, September 23 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST)

Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed writer whose work focuses on the intersection of technology, economics, and culture. His 2008 path-breaking article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” provoked a wide-ranging debate in the media, and was later expanded into the pulitzer prize-finalist and New York Times bestselling book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains—now hailed as “a modern classic,” and a touchstone for debates on technology’s effects on our thoughts and perceptions. His other influential books include The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, Utopia Is Creepy, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, and Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage. Since 2005, Carr has written the popular blog Rough Type. His writings have also appeared in leading publications including The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, Nature, and MIT Technology Review.

Carr is a visiting professor of sociology at Williams College in Massachusetts and is the former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. In 2015, he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association. Carr is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. He has also appeared as a commentator on many television and radio programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered and OnPoint, the PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS Sunday Morning, and the Colbert Report. 

We shouldn’t allow the glories of technology to blind our inner watchdog to the possibility that we’ve numbed an essential part of our self.”—Nicholas Carr 

Join us live on Intersections and walk away with key insights on:

  1. The pitfalls of our increasing dependence on technology, and how it impacts us, our relationships, and our communities
  2. Two ways to forge a new kind of self-reliance that helps us stay grounded and yet make the most of the positive influences of our technologies

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What human qualities do we really seek in our colleagues, friends, family, and even more so, in our own selves? Could personality-building be the purest art form, and if so, what human qualities represent its essence? How can we engage in personality-building and learn to fully express all dimensions of our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions? This webcast offers a soul-stirring escape into the world of Indian Sufism (also known as Universal Sufism), as taught by the legendary Hazrat Inayat Khan, who started "The Sufi Order in the West" in the early part of the 20th century.

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, legendary Sufi teacher, live on Intersections on Thursday, September 2 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).

Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine is a descendant of an ancient family of Sufi saints, poets and musicians. Through his father, Shaikh-ul-Mashaik M.P. Maheboob Khan and Uncle, Pir-o-Murshid Jagirdar Muhammed Ali Khan, brother and cousin-brother respectively of the famous Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mahmood learned Indian Sufism from within, both in theory and practice. Since then, Mahmood has fully devoted himself to the preservation and enhancement of the Indian, mystical and musical tradition of his Father and Uncles, thus becoming profoundly involved in Sufi mysticism and culture—and the general question of the spiritual dimension in modern life, its observance and particular requirements. In 2018, on behalf of the King of the Netherlands, Mahmood was granted the rank of a knight-officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to Sufism.

Mahmood deeply values and seeks to promote the memory of his first cousin Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, the World War II heroine and famous British spy, whom he knew well and of whom he preserves fond recollections. For a century short of seven years of involvement in Inayatian Indian Sufism, “Arch Shaikh” Mahmood Khan may be regarded as having an exceptional position within the Sufi world. He is the only as yet living family member who has personally and very intensely worked with the Hazrat Inayat Khan’s brothers and his Inayatide cousins, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the current Sufi leader and his American nephew, Pir Zia Inayat Khan Maulabakhsh.

It is the continual inclination to produce beauty which helps one to develop art in the personality…[How] readily man is inclined to learn outer refinement, and how slow many souls are to develop that art inwardly…[Outer] manner is meaningless if it is not prompted by the inner impulse towards beauty.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Join us live on Intersections on and walk away with key insights on:

  1. The 11 building blocks of personality-building, as taught in Indian Sufism
  2. How to refine and thoughtfully express our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions
  3. The luminous life of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the heroic personal journey of Noor Inayat Khan

In our age of instant information, speed and efficiency, the human mind has been left scattered, distracted and disoriented by the constant buzz of our devices, and virtual cravings—separating us from the vast possibilities for refined thought, perception, emotion and action. How can we reclaim these fundamental human qualities, and start to exert greater control over our time, cognition, and everyday choices? What threats does the increasing control of technology pose to our own selves, to our relationships, and to the world at large? And how can we forge a new kind of self-reliance that not only liberates us, but also helps us make the most of the positive influences of today’s technology?

Watch this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Nicholas Carr, acclaimed writer and former executive editor of Harvard Business Review. 

Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed writer whose work focuses on the intersection of technology, economics, and culture. His 2008 path-breaking article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” provoked a wide-ranging debate in the media, and was later expanded into the Pulitzer Prize-finalist and New York Times bestselling book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains—now hailed as “a modern classic,” and a touchstone for debates on technology’s effects on our thoughts and perceptions. His other influential books include The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, Utopia Is Creepy, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, and Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage. Since 2005, Carr has written the popular blog Rough Type. His writings have also appeared in leading publications including The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, Nature, and MIT Technology Review

Carr is a visiting professor of sociology at Williams College in Massachusetts and is the former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. In 2015, he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association. Carr is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. He has also appeared as a commentator on many television and radio programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered and OnPoint, the PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS Sunday Morning, and the Colbert Report. 

We shouldn’t allow the glories of technology to blind our inner watchdog to the possibility that we’ve numbed an essential part of our self.”—Nicholas Carr 

Watch this episode and walk away with key insights on:

  1. The pitfalls of our increasing dependence on technology, and how it impacts us, our relationships, and our communities
  2. Two ways to forge a new kind of self-reliance that helps us stay grounded and yet make the most of the positive influences of our technologies

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