Sacred Music: Gateway to the Infinite with Father Bede Griffiths, Russill and Asha Paul


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Program Description

An interview with Father Bede and two musician friends becomes a profoundly moving musical excursion through the deep truths and feelings of the various spiritual traditions represented in their South Indian Christian-Hindu ashram. Through the musical gifts of Russill and Asha Paul, we hear and sense for ourselves how the many different names and descriptions of God are reflections of a single reality. “There is a wonderful underlying unity,” says Father Bede, “but it’s beyond words. We’re all trying to move beyond the words and the languages to the one reality itself, beyond all.” The music takes us to a direct experience of the sacred unity beyond cultural differences.

Fr. Bede Griffiths is one of the great spiritual prophets of the 20th century. He is the author of several books including The Golden String (Templegate 1980), The Cosmic Revelation (Templegate 1983) and Christ in India (Templegate 1984). Russill Paul travels widely in the U.S. and internationally to teach perform and record, and is featured at conferences on music, health and spirituality throughout the world. His CDs include Nada Yoga: The Ancient Science of Sound, Spirit Bridges and The Yoga of Sound. He is author of The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant (New World Library 2006). Asha and Russill Paul are trustees of the Bede Griffiths International Trust. To learn more about the work of Fr. Bede Griffiths go to and to learn more about the work of Russill and Asha Paul go to

Program Number: 2274                 Host: Michael Toms                  Interview Date: 7/25/1991


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