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Bede Griffiths: Friend & Gift of the Spirit

Bede Griffiths: Friend & Gift of the Spirit
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Bede Griffiths:  Friend & Gift of the Spirit

A Spiritual Journey with Meath Conlan

From the barren land of the Austalian wilderness to the tropical landscape of South India, Meath Conlan traces his spiritual journey under the guidance of the late spiritual master Bede Griffiths.  He share with us a fascinating and intimate portrait of this humble holy man, who was not only a mentor but friend and confidante.  Father Bede's conversatons and wisdom come to life through Conlan's recollections and vivid pictures which chronicle their years of friendship.  The twenty-eight full color photos potos from the author's private collection include public celebrations, interfaith meetins with world religious leaders, as well as private moments of contemplation and worship.


"When I was in graduate school, I happened on The Golden String by Bede Griffiths. It described his conversion, first, to the Christian life and then to monasticism, a form of religious life, usually conducted in a community under a common rule.

After nearly two decades as a Benedictine monk in England, Griffiths left for India to embrace a life that would link monastic living to the model of the Hindu ascetics. Over the decades, he gained a worldwide reputation, not only as a prolific author, but also as a champion of interreligious dialogue.

Meath Conlan from Australia, wrote to Griffiths about his own work in the desolate outback of Australia, and from that initial correspondence sprang a long friendship, including a sabbatical Conlan spent with Griffiths in India. Later, Conlan invited the old man to lecture in Australia, which happened to coincide with a tour by the Dalai Lama and led to their meeting [ their second meeting in 1992].

Conlan has written "Bede Griffiths: Friend & Gift of the Spirit", not a biography, but a series of vignettes about Griffiths gleaned from their time together in India and Australia. Each of the brief chapters includes photographs pertinent to the subject Conlan is describing. The book is easy to read, and in addition to its biographical elements, it includes a brief analysis of the thought and spiritual practice of Griffiths. First-time readers of Griffiths may find this the perfect introduction to the master's works. Conlan also supplies a brief bibliography of Griffiths' works in print."

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