A Tribute To Father Bede Griffiths with Andrew Harvey

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In addition to his own credentials as a writer, poet, teacher and mystic, Andrew Harvey became a dedicated friend and follower of the late Father Bede Griffiths, a scholarly and saintly Benedictine monk who founded and lived for decades in a Hindu-Christian ashram in South India. This unusual dialogue eloquently communicates the blessings of this extraordinary man. Father Bede, says Harvey, was "the simplest and most eloquent spokesman of the Holy Spirit that our time has seen ... one of the most important people of this century, an authentic prophet, someone who lived out the life of Christ." Listen in to a thoughtful, inspiring explanation of why this is so, illustrated by audio excerpts of Father Bede himself, plus a devotional Indian song by Russill and Asha Paul. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Andrew Harvey was raised in India and educated at Oxford. He is a renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism. He is also the Founder/ Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism.

His books include:

To learn more about the work of Andrew Harvey go to www.andrewharvey.net.

Fr. Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) was one of the great spiritual prophets of the 20th century and a true holy man. He was an English Benedictine monk who settled in India in 1955 and went on to become one of the great mystical teachers of our time. In India, where he assumed the dress and ascetic discipline of a Hindu holy man, Griffiths established a Christian community following the customs of a Hindu ashram. Through his immersion in the scriptures of India he found wisdom and inspiration for his own Christian faith. He won worldwide recognition for his pioneering efforts to bridge the great traditions of Christian and Hindu faith. He was an advocate for global spiritual friendship, rather than a global religion and encouraged the cultivation of respect for each other’s spiritual practices.

His books include:

To learn more about the work of Fr. Bede Griffiths go to www.bedegriffiths.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why Bede was "one of the most important people of this century"
  • What is the relevance of a religious community that embodies a Christian-Hindu symbiosis
  • The foundation of Father Bede's lucid optimism
  • The lessons of Father Bede's last years and days
  • What is the value of meditation
  • How to honor the divine darkness in ourselves and our experience
  • What the Black Madonna represents

Host: Michael Toms          Interview Date: 6/29/1994         Program Number: 2495

Music Included

From Album: Magic Age III: Ancient Culture
Artist: Sarband
Erdenklang #40722
Track - Polorum Regina

From Album: Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy
Artist: Sequentia
DHM (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) #05472 773202
Track - Spiritus Sanctus Vivicans Vite

From Album: Garden of Dreams
Artist: Ali Akbar Khan
Worldly Music #7199-2
Track - Two Lovers

From Album: Footprints
Artist: Jai Uttal
Triloka #183-2
Track - Taking the Dust