Bede’s mahasamadhi

24 years ago today, 13 May, Fr. Bede entered mahasamadhi. We give thanks for his goodness and grace, his light and his love.


(From Return to the Center)

Where then is this eternal religion––the sanatana dharma…––to be found?  It is to be found in every religion as its ground or source, but it is beyond all formulation.  It is the reality behind all rites, the truth behind all dogmas, the justice behind all laws.  But it is also to be found in the heart of every [person].  It is they law ‘written on their hearts.’  It is not known by sense or reason but by the experience of the soul in its depths.  Of this it has been said:

Thy natural senses cannot possess God or unite thee to him; nay, thy inward faculties of understanding, will, and memory, can only reach after God, but cannot be the place of his habitation in thee.  But there is a root or depth in thee from whence all these faculties come forth, as lines from a center or as branches from the body of the tree.  This depth s called the Center, the Fund or Bottom of the soul.  This depth is the unity, the eternity, I had almost said the infinity of thy soul; for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it or give it any rest but the infinity of God.[1]

It is in this depth that all true religion is to be found.  It is the source from which all religion springs, the goal to which it aspires, and it is present in the heart of every [person].  It was from this Center that man fell and it is to this Center that he must return.  Every religion seeks to make this known and to map out the path of return.[2]



[1] William Law, The Spirit of Prayer, ch 11.

[2] Bede Griffiths, Return to the Center, p. 99ff