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A Human Search: The Life of Father Bede Griffiths


A Human Search


The Life of Father Bede Griffiths


Directed by John Swindells.
Amazing archival material on this Christian yogi, both from the UK and India. 1993.

"Barefooted and clothed in the colour of the sun" this Christian mystic exclaimed: In India all is sacred: earth, water, air.

 

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An intimate portrait of one of the great mystics and thinkers of the 20th century. Born into the English middle class in 1906, educated in Oxford, having been a Benedictine monk and scholar for more than 20 years, he lived the last 37 years of his life in the lush jungles of Southern India where he developed a spiritual and scientific understanding that transcended all dogma.

Illustrated with archival images from his youth and service in the church in England, Father Bede talks frankly about how he was influenced by diverse thought leaders such as CS Lewis, DH Lawrence and Carl Jung.

It was only when he came across Hindu teachings and in a way, "discovered the other half of his soul", that he fully blossomed as a mystic. Living as a Christian ascetic according to Hindu custom, he took on the Sanskrit name Swami Dayanand (Bliss of compassion)

He is a man in search of that which is fundamental to all religions: the search for the absolute and that which transcends all human limitations. He is a mystic in touch with absolute love and beauty. - Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster.

His vision has guided him to open the hearts and minds of mankind to gain understanding and acceptance of all the major religions with respect and dignity, to gain a sense of peace and unity to further the cause and good will of all people. – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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