Beyond Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

Beyond Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

by Shirley Du Boulay, Shirley Du Boulay
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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
Library Journal - Library Journal
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

Product Details

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

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