Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Bede Griffiths was a Christian monk who lived in South Indian and created "Christian Vedanta" -- a synthesis of Vedanta and Christianity.

"The Cosmic Cross bears the inscription: 'Saccidananda Namah' around the circle, and 'OM' at the centre of the cross. This means that we try to live our Benedictine Life in the context of Indian spirituality, that is, in the recognition of the Divine Presence in the whole cosmos and in the centre of our own being." --Dom Bede Grififiths

'Sat-Chit-Ananda', of course, is Sanskrit for "Being-Consciousness-Bliss", and is a synonym for Brahma, the creator. 'Namah' means "to bow down before" something. And 'Om' is perhaps best described as that certain kosmic je ne sais quoi.

Now that's a Christianity that I can approve of.


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