A Tribute to Fr. Bede Griffiths with Andrew Harvey


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Program Description

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.

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 the author of many books including Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi (Meeramma 1988), Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening (Henry Holt 991), The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (North Atlantic 1994), The Direct Path (Broadway Books 2000), Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ (Tarcher/Putnam 1998), Return to the Mother (Tarcher 2000), Light Upon Light (Tarcher 2004), Teachings of Rumi (Shambhala 1999), A Journey to Ladakh: Encounters with Buddhism (Mariner 2000), and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House, August 2009). He is also the Founder/ Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. To learn more about the work of Andrew Harvey go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • Why Bede was “one of the most important people of the 20th century”
  • What is the relevance of a religious community that embodies a Christian-Hindu symbiosis
  • What is the foundation of Father Bede’s lucid optimism
  • What are the lessons of Father Bede’s last years and days
  • What is the value of meditation
  • How to honori the divine darkness in our selves and our experience
  • What the Black Madonna represents

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


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