Beyond Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

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Bede Griffiths (1906-1993), was a Benedictine monk and close friend of C.S. Lewis who went to India in the 1950s, to "discover the other half of my soul." He donned the saffron robes of a Hindu monk and revitalized a Catholic ashram in southern India. By the time of his death he had become a leading figure of Christian-Hindu dialogue, drawing thousands of people to his talks all over the world. Beyond the Darkness, the first major biography of Bede Griffiths, is now finally available in paperback. Shirley du ...
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Overview

Bede Griffiths (1906-1993), was a Benedictine monk and close friend of C.S. Lewis who went to India in the 1950s, to "discover the other half of my soul." He donned the saffron robes of a Hindu monk and revitalized a Catholic ashram in southern India. By the time of his death he had become a leading figure of Christian-Hindu dialogue, drawing thousands of people to his talks all over the world. Beyond the Darkness, the first major biography of Bede Griffiths, is now finally available in paperback. Shirley du Boulay shows the transformation of Griffiths from an idealistic, highly intelligent, serious schoolboy into a man of profound wisdom who emanated unconditional love. During his life of intellectual and spiritual discovery he was often revered as a holy man and a living saint, although his long and eventful journey was filled with controversy, pain and anguish. At the end of it all, a life full of excitement and passion culminated in spiritual wholeness.
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Marvin Barrett
Without resorting to the snicker or the hatchet, she has succeeding in making an intensely good contemporary man not only only real but interesting....There are certainly few lives that illustrate the search for meaning in our contemporary world so clearly and vividly, and du Boulay is more than adequate to its description.
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Very few people, including theologians, remember Brother Bede Griffiths (1906-93), yet his life remains an example of the amazing pathways one can take toward spiritual fulfillment. Born Alan Griffiths, he was a studious, idealistic youth who was introduced to religious thinking by C.S. Lewis, his mentor at Oxford. Seeking a more substantial root for his existence, he became a Benedictine monk and took the name "Bede." He moved on to India, embraced many aspects of Hinduism, and spent the rest of his life trying to fathom the underlying unity and spiritual wholeness lifting all faiths beyond the superficialities of religion's rites and rhetoric. Du Boulay (Teresa of Avila, Servant, 1995) wonderfully portrays Griffith's passionate and sometimes anguished questing. This, the first major biography of this remarkable man, will not disappoint. Recommended for all libraries.--Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Marvin Barrett
Without resorting to the snicker or the hatchet, she has succeeding in making an intensely good contemporary man not only only real but interesting....There are certainly few lives that illustrate the search for meaning in our contemporary world so clearly and vividly, and du Boulay is more than adequate to its description.
Parabola
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385489461
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Prologue 1
1 An Edwardian Childhood, 1906-24 3
2 Athletes and Aesthetes, Oxford 1925-29 17
3 'Like a Man Climbing a Mountain', July 1929-April 1930 30
4 Eastington, 1930 41
5 Dark Night, 1931-32 55
6 Love at First Sight, Prinknash 1933-47 67
7 Shattered Dreams, Farnborough 1947-51 84
8 Pluscarden, 1951-55 96
9 Discovering India, 1955-56 107
10 A Monastic Experiment, Kurisumala 1956-63 120
11 The Other Half of the World, 1963-68 134
12 Lonely Years, Shantivanam 1968-75 146
13 International Guru 160
14 The Marriage of Opposites 176
15 Unity in Diversity, the 1980s 189
16 Controversy 203
17 Friendship 217
18 Breakthrough to the Feminine 227
19 'You Cannot Put a Prophet in a Cage' 239
20 Death 256
Epilogue 265
Notes 270
Select Bibliography 289
Glossary 291
The Bede Griffiths Trust 293
Permissions 295
Index 297
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