Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths

by Shirley Du Boulay

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Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385506946
Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2002
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologue1
1An Edwardian Childhood, 1906-243
2Athletes and Aesthetes, Oxford 1925-2917
3'Like a Man Climbing a Mountain', July 1929-April 193030
4Eastington, 193041
5Dark Night, 1931-3255
6Love at First Sight, Prinknash 1933-4767
7Shattered Dreams, Farnborough 1947-5184
8Pluscarden, 1951-5596
9Discovering India, 1955-56107
10A Monastic Experiment, Kurisumala 1956-63120
11The Other Half of the World, 1963-68134
12Lonely Years, Shantivanam 1968-75146
13International Guru160
14The Marriage of Opposites176
15Unity in Diversity, the 1980s189
16Controversy203
17Friendship217
18Breakthrough to the Feminine227
19'You Cannot Put a Prophet in a Cage'239
20Death256
Epilogue265
Notes270
Select Bibliography289
Glossary291
The Bede Griffiths Trust293
Permissions295
Index297

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