A Christian monk who lived in India for over thirty years shares some remarkable insights about the contemplative life. He builds a bridge linking the Gnostic tradition of early Christianity and the mystical tradition streaming down through the centuries with the ancient philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism. The results are fascinating and profound. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Fr. Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) was one of the great spiritual prophets of the 20th century and a true holy man. He was an English Benedictine monk who settled in India in 1955 and went on to become one of the great mystical teachers of our time. In India, where he assumed the dress and ascetic discipline of a Hindu holy man, Griffiths established a Christian community following the customs of a Hindu ashram. Through his immersion in the scriptures of India he found wisdom and inspiration for his own Christian faith. He won worldwide recognition for his pioneering efforts to bridge the great traditions of Christian and Hindu faith. He was an advocate for global spiritual friendship, rather than a global religion and encouraged the cultivation of respect for each other’s spiritual practices.
His books include:
- Bede Griffiths: Essential Writings (Orbus Books 2004)
- The Golden String: An Autobiography (Templegate 1980)
- Marriage of East and West: A Sequel to The Golden String (Templegate 1982)
- The Cosmic Revelation: The Hindu Way to God (Templegate 1983)
- Christ in India (Templegate 1984)
To learn more about the work of Fr. Bede Griffiths go to www.bedegriffiths.com.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 9/20/1983 Program Number: 1811