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Truth

March 7, 2011

You will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free. [John 8:32]

Only when we have broken with the illusion of this world and faced the reality which is hidden in the depths of our being will we find peace.

The whole question is, what is the true centre of man’s being? Is it the ego, making itself independent, seeking to be master of the world, or is there something beyond this, a deeper centre of being, which is grounded in the Truth, which is one with the universal Being? This is the great discovery of Indian thought: the discovery of the Self, the Atman, the ground of personal being, which is one with Brahman, the ground of universal being. It is knowing this Truth that will make you free. This is redemption, to be set free from the senses and the material world, and to discover their ground and source in the Self / God.

The fall of man is the fall from this ground, from this centre of freedom and immortality, into subjection and slavery to the senses and the material world, where the connection to the Divine is lost. How then to recover from this fall, how to return to the centre? This was Father Bede’s consuming passion and quest, and it took him on the greatest spiritual adventure of all: return to the Source. He provides a guiding light to all in search of Ultimate Truth.

Father Bede points to the Transcendent Mystery that is present everywhere, in everything, yet it escapes our grasp. It is the ground of all existence, from which all things come, and to which all things return, but which itself never appears. It is smaller than the small, greater than the great, hidden in the heart of every creature [Upanishads]. This mystery lies behind all religion. It is hidden in the heart of every man, and it is the deepest desire of the heart to find it.

The whole world is a sign of this mystery, which is everywhere and nowhere. God is the name that we use for this inexpressible mystery. Father Bede first discovered this mysterious presence in nature, which gradually disclosed itself as the infinite and eternal Being, of whose beauty all the forms of nature are but a passing reflection. “I remember the feeling of awe which came over me. I felt inclined to kneel on the ground, as though I had been standing in the presence of an angel; and I hardly dared to look on the face of the sky, because it seemed as though it was but a veil before the face of God.”

OM SHANTI, LOVE LEELA.

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Based on the writings of Fr Bede Griffiths.
Article by Leela Verity, director of Sat Chit Anand Retreat Centre, Plettenberg Bay. satchitanand@global.co.za /www.satchitanand.co.za

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