By Judson B. Trapnell
Bede Griffiths, O.S.B.Cam. (1906–1993) was once a pioneer within the assembly of faiths and of cultures within the moment half the 20th century. This beautiful examine of his pioneering paintings in intercultural and interreligious discussion attracts from meticulous learn of Griffiths's writings and his assets, in addition to a variety of own interviews with the guy himself.
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Knowledge of God reflects the same nondualistic quality discovered in knowledge of persons and things: In man . . 23 Although Griffiths’s spiritual path would take him far beyond what he experienced during his evening walk as a schoolboy, this awakening indeed served as “a summons” toward the loving communion with the divine mystery that he would identify as advaita. Thus, even as he began to become aware of the limitations within his experience of God in nature and eventually underwent conversion to Christ, he never disparaged the value of his early awakening.
The great religious symbols, above all terms like Brahman, Nirvana, Tao, Al Haqq, En Soph, and the divine darkness, come as near as possible to symbolising the ultimate mystery; but the whole creation “symbolises” God in some way. ” Although that communion was tasted during his evening walk, it was transient. Did Griffiths understand the cause of his spiritual difficulty to be the inadequacy of nature as a symbol of the divine, or the inability of his mind to remain recollected in its center, in the spirit?
This is the innate desire of the mind, to share the existence of other beings, of other people and of other things, so as to multiply one’s own existence. And this desire is infinite. The mind has an infinite capacity for being, and will never rest until it has become all things, until the whole universe has come to exist in it. But in getting to know other beings, the mind also comes to know itself. For knowledge is precisely the power to exist in another being as other, to become another being without ceasing to be oneself.
Bede Griffiths: A Life in Dialogue (S U N Y Series in Religious Studies) by Judson B. Trapnell