The truth is in the meeting of opposites - Father Bede Griffiths
I discovered this video of the life of Father Bede Griffiths over at Zen Mirror. I ended up watching the whole thing. So compelling is Father Bede Griffiths story of combining the spiritual traditions of the west and the east, that immediately after watching the video I went over to Amazon and bought his biography and a book of some of his writings. I'm very curious about this man. Do yourself a favor and make some time to get a glimpse of this amazing man's life.
Bede Griffiths was a monk, a man in whom there was no guile, and was last to see the guile that may have been in any other. This monk with a universal heart was an icon of integrity and guilelessness. As John Henry Cardinal Newman once described them, Bede was one of those: who live in a way least thought of by others, the way chosen by our Savior, to make headway against all the power and wisdom of the world. It is a difficult and rare virtue, to mean what we say, to love without deceit, to think no evil, to bear no grudge, to be free from selfishness, to be innocent and straightforward... simple-hearted. They take everything in good part which happens to them, and make the best of everyone. (homily, Feast of St. Bartholomew)Such was Father Bede Griffiths, Swami Dayananda, who died May 13, 1993, barefooted and clothed in the color of the sun, in his thatched hut at Shantivanam in South India.