Guide to the Bede Griffiths Collection

Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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Berkeley, California, 94709
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Guide to the Bede Griffiths Collection

Collection number: 95-8-01

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
March 1996
Encoded by:
© 2005 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bede Griffiths collection
Dates: 1932-2002
Collection number: 95-8-01
Collector: Bede Griffiths Trust
Collection Size: 10 linear feet (30 boxes)

Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: A British Benedictine monk, Bede Griffiths was a prominent figure at several ashrams in South India. The collection is the designated archive for the the Bede Griffiths Trust. Materials include original papers, correspondence, photocopies, publications, manuscripts, audiotapes, videotapes, photographs by and about him.
Physical location: 2/F/1, 2/F/3-2/F/6
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.


All incoming personal correspondence from individuals addressed to Bede Griffiths is restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Bede Griffiths collection, 95-8-01. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

The Bede Griffiths Trust, 1995. The Trust retains ownership of the collection. The GTU Archives is the designated depository.


The first accrual was in 1996.
The second accural was in 2002.
Materials continue to be donated to the Bede Griffiths Collection, and will therefore continue to be integrated in the most orderly way possible. Revised dates will not be added as this collection continues to receive additional items from various donors.


Bede Griffiths (Alan Richard Griffiths), 1906-1993, was born near London, England, December 17, fourth and last child of Walter Griffiths and Harriet Lilian Frampton-Day Griffiths. Because of reduced circumstances due to business losses, Alan was sent to Christ Hospital, a government school for poor boys, at which he ranked first in his exams, earning a scholarship to Oxford. Alan was at Oxford, 1925-29 studying English Literature and Philosophy. During his third year, C.S. Lewis became his tutor. The two became close, the friendship lasting until Lewis' death in 1963.
Soon after graduation, Alan and two friends, Martyn Skinner and Hugh Waterman, purchased a cottage in the Cotswalds and began "an experiment in Common Life," a life immersed in nature, a protest against contemporary life. Here they read the Bible together as literature. Though this lasted just short of a year, the experiment had a profound effect on Alan's life. He applied for ministry in the Church of England, and was sent to work in the London slums, an experience which left him crushed and confused. Returning to the Cotswalds to live with a farm family, he fasted, prayed, and read Cardinal Newman.
Alan visited Prinknash Abbey, a Benedictine monestary. In 1931, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, and entered the Abbey a few weeks later. He was clothed as a Benedictine in 1932, receiving the name, Bede. He offered his Perpetual Vows in 1937, and was ordained 1940. He served as guestmaster until 1947 when he was sent to be prior first at Farnborough, then Pluscarden in Scotland. His first book, an autobiography, The Golden String, was published in 1954.
While at Farnborough, Bede met Fr. Benedict Alapatt, an Indian priest. They requested permission to start a Benedictine house in India, arriving there in 1955. They settled in Kengeri, Bangalore. In 1958, Fr. Bede joined Fr. Francis Acharya in Kurisumala, staying there until 1968 when he took over the Saccidananda Ashram. The ashram had been founded in 1950 by Fr. Jules Monchanin and Fr. Henri LeSaux. Fr. Bede immersed himself in the study of Indian thought and Hinduism, attempting to relate it to Christian theology. He continued to write and publish, give conferences and lectures, daily teachings on the Vedas, and homilies at Eucharist and Vespers, and maintain a voluminous correspondence.
He suffered a first stroke in January 1990, and near death had an intense experience of divine love. Returning to his life, he suffered a final stroke in December 1993. Surrounded by much love and care, he died May 13, 1993.
(Taken from, Bede Griffiths: The Man, the Monk, the Mystic, by Sr. Pascaline Coff O.S.B., ca. 1994. See Box 10, ff 13. See also: A Sense of the Sacred: A Biography of Bede Griffiths, by Kathryn Spink, 1988 (Box 14); Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths, by Shirley du Boulay (Box 14); and A Human Search: Life of Father Bede Griffiths, 1993, Videotape 3).

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains both original material and photocopy material. The original donation came from a Trust consisting of several members, therefore from several sources having no original order. Some materials come from Bede Griffiths' Saccidananda Ashram in India, some from other sources around the world. Materials continue to be donated to the Bede Griffiths Collection, and will therefore continue to be integrated in the most orderly way possible.


The collection is arranged in nine series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Manuscripts; 3. Published Articles (by and about Bede Griffiths); 4. Subject Files; 5. Newsletters; 6. Photographs; 7. Published Books (by and about Bede Griffiths); 8. Audiotapes; and 9. Videotapes

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Christianity and other religions--Hinduism
East and west--History--20th century--Sources
Spirituality--Catholic church--History--20th century
Monastic and religious life--History--20th century
Monasticism and religious orders--India
Benedictines--England--History--20th century--Sources
Benedictines--India--History--20th century--Sources
Interfaith worship--India
Spiritual life--Benedictines
Camaldolese--History--20th century--Sources
Lewis, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963
Skinner, Martyn
Monchanin, Jules
Saccidananda Ashram
Prinknash Abbey
Bede Griffiths Trust

Separated Materials

Books added to the general GTU Library Circulating collection:
  • Essays in Mysticism: Explorations into Contemplative Experience, Wayne Teasdale, with an Afterword by Bede Griffiths (Sunday Publications, Inc.: Lake Worth, FL, 1982). BV5082.2 T43 1982 (The Afterword has been photocopied and placed in Box 7, ff 3.).
  • Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition: An Experiment in Faith, Thomas Matus, with a Preface by Bede Griffiths (Paulist Press: Ramsey, NJ, 1984). BR128.H5 M36 1984 (The Preface has been photocopied and placed in Box 7, ff 4.).
  • The Other Half of My Soul: Bede Griffiths and the Hindu-Christian Dialogue, ed. Beatrice Bruteau (Theosophical Publishing House: Wheaton, IL, 1996). BR128 H5 O65 1996
  • Inward Transcendence: A Study on the Encounter of Western Consciousness with Indian Interiority based on the Works of Fr. Bede Griffiths , Anthony Kalliath. Master of Theology Dissertation, Dharmaram Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, India, 1986. BR128 H5 K35 1986
  • The Principle of Relatedness in the Ecological Ethic of Bede Griffiths, J. Samuel Savio, Dr. of Sacred Theology Dissertation, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2000. BT695.5 S26 2000
  • Emerging Consciousness for a New Humankind: Asian Interreligious Concern, ed. Michael von Bruck (Asian Trading Corporation: Bangalore, India, 1985). BL1035 E54 1985
  • As We Are One: Essays and Poems in Honor of Bede Griffiths, ed. Beatrice Bruteau (Pfafftown, NC: Philosophers' Exchange, 1991). PN6110 R4 A8 1991
  • Bede's Journey to the Beyond, Jesu Rajan (Bangalore, India: Asian Trading Corp., 1997). BX4705 B89 1997
Books added to the GTU Library Storage collection for library use only:
  • The Universal Christ: Daily Readings with Bede Griffiths, ed. Peter Spink (Darton, Longman and Todd, Ltd.: London, 1990). BV4832.2 G57 1990
  • Pathways to the Supreme: Bede Griffiths, ed. Roland R. Ropers (Harper Collins: London, 1995). BL205 G75 1995


Series 1 Correspondence 1937-1993

Physical Description: 7 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains two sub-series: A. Correspondence incoming to Fr. Bede, and B. Correspondence outgoing from Fr. Bede.

Subseries A  Personal Correspondence - Incoming 1937-1993

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains incoming correspondence.
NOTE: Box 1 is Restricted. Correspondence will be open on a yearly basis. The undated correspondence in Box 1:11 will be open 25 years from 1995 (i.e., 2020).
box:folder 1:1-9

From various individuals, arranged chronologically 1971-1973

box:folder 1:10

Russill D'Silva and Asha Paul 1984-1993

box:folder 1:11

Undated correspondence undated

box:folder 2:1

From various individuals, arranged chronologically 1937-1970

box:folder 2:2

Martyn Skinner (35 letters) 1969 1976-1991

box:folder 2:3

C. S. Lewis (43 photocopied letters) 1931-1962

Scope and Content Note

NOTE: No photocopies may be made of these letters. The originals are held at the Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL. Permission to quote or use these letters must be obtained from the Wade Center and the estate of C.S. Lewis.
box:folder 2:4a

Addresses of correspondents on individual pieces of paper undated

Box:folder 23:1

Illustrated note, white cat with moon and stars 1987

Box:folder 23:2

Illustrated note, watercolor using all religious symbols with Jesus/Buddha as the center undated

Box:folder 23:3

Illustrated birthday greeting December 17, 1987

Box:folder 23:4

Catholic Art Association award to Bede Griffiths for "profound ecumenical understanding" 1963

Box:folder 23:5

"Felicitation", illustrated birthday greeting December 17, 1992


Subseries B Personal Correspondence - Outgoing 1925-1993

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains outgoing correspondence.
box:folder 2:4

BG to William Buchanan (9 letters) 1986-1992

Box:folder 2:5

BG to Robert Hale (11 letters) 1990-1992

Box:folder 2:5a

BG to Philip Klee (1 letter) 1990

Box:folder 2:6

Empty envelopes; incoming to BG; various or unknown dates undated

Box:folder 2:7

BG to John-David Robinson (54 letters) - some incoming from Robinson 1973-92

Box:folder 2:8

BG to Fr. Bernardino Cozzarini (2 letters) 1992

Box:folder 2:9

Christmas greeting from Fr. Bede ca. 1992

Box:folder 22:1-4

BG to Sr. Mary Paul (name later changed to Sr. Janet Moore), (81 letters, originals) 1962-1992

Box:folder 22:5

Photocopies of letters to Sr. Janet Moore in 22:1-4 1962-1992

Box:folder 22:6

BG to Sr. Marie-Louise (2 letters) 1970 1980

Box:folder 22:9-10

BG to Douglas Conlan 1983-1992

Box:folder 22:11

Conlan to members of Saccidananda Ashram 1987-1993

Box:folder 22:12

BG to Sr. Kathleen England (4 letters) 1979-1983

Box:folder 22:13

BG to GTU Center for New Religious Movements (1 letter) 1978

Box:folder 25:1-4

BG to Sr. Pascaline Coff. Includes BG travel and meeting plans in the U.S. 1975-1993

Box:folder 26:1-6

Bede to Dudley Griffiths (brother) including letter fragments (39 full letters) 1925-1927 1932-1939 (1940?)

Box:folder 26:7

Bede to James Vincent (6 letters) 1975-1982

Box:folder 26:8

Bede to individuals, single letters

Box:folder 26:8

Martha (fragment - photocopy) March 17, 1978

Box:folder 26:8

Archbishop Mayer (photocopy) August 5, 1979

Box:folder 26:8

Mother Teresa (photocopy) August 6, 1979

Box:folder 26:8

Basil Pennington (photocopy) August 12, 1983

Box:folder 26:8

Jose Pereira (photocopy) July 9, 1991


Series 2 Manuscripts 1937-1993

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains material written for talks, articles, etc. by Fr. Bede. The material may be handwritten, typewritten, carbon copies, or photocopies. Some may have handwritten corrections. Some material is unpublished. Some material may have been published.
Box:folder 5:7-8

The New Creation, undated

Box:folder 5:7

Hand-written manuscript undated

Box:folder 5:8

Chps. 1-4, typed version of 5:9 undated

Box:folder 5:9

The Mystery of the New Creation, Chps. 1-4, typed, version of 5:8 undated

Box:folder 5:10

Ten Meditation Talks, typed 1982

Box:folder 5:11

Dzogchen and Christian Contemplation, photocopy undated

Box:folder 5:12

The People of God and the New Humanity undated

Box:folder 24:4

The Mystical Dimension in Theology undated

Box:folder 24:5

The Mystical Tradition in an Indian Theology undated

Box:folder 24:6

Manachesimo Indo-Christiano, (in Italian) [1973]

Box:folder 24:7

La Vita Monastica in India Oggi, Monastic Studies, (in Italian) 1966

Box:folder 24:8

Il Significato dell'India per il Monachesimo Camaldolese, (in Italian) 1987

Box:folder 24:9

The Universal Wisdom n.d., ca. 1982-83

Box:folder 24:10-11

Retreat Conferences

Box:folder 24:10

The End and Purpose of Monastic Life, (handwritten) undated

Box:folder 24:11

What is the Purpose of the Monastic Life?, (handwritten) undated

Box:folder 24:12

Notebook with handwritten quotes from authors and books, Part 1 undated

Box:folder 24:12a

Transcript of a notebook with handwritten quotes from authors and books, Part 2 undated

Box:folder 24:12b

The Mystery of the Scriptures, photocopy transcript undated

box:folder 26:12

Untitled, begins "The Story of the Flood...", (may be fragment), typed, photocopy. undated

box:folder 26:13

The Challenge of Religious Pluralism in India. Paper at the Seminar, Theologizing in India held in Poona, India. Typed, photocopy. 1978

box:folder 26:14

Psalms for Christian Prayer, typed, photocopy March 1992

box:folder 26:15

Hindu Religious Experience. Paper at the Consultation for the Secretariat for Non-Christians held in Paris. Typed, photocopy and a computer typed transcript. 1971

box:folder 26:16

Homily for the Feast of St. Benedict, typed, photocopy 7/11/1992

box:folder 26:17

Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, handwritten, photocopy undated

box:folder 26:18

The Power of the Imagination, typed, photocopy, ca. 193?

box:folder 26:19

The Process of Knowledge, typed, photocopy undated

box:folder 26:20

The Power of Intuition, typed, photocopy undated

box:folder 26:21

Martha and Mary Transcended, typed, carbon undated

box:folder 26:22

Pathways to the Supreme, typed, carbon undated

box:folder 26:23

The Mystery of the Eucharist, handwritten undated

box:folder 26:24

Schumacher's vision of a New Economic Order, handwritten undated

box:folder 26:25

Handwritten notes on small scraps of paper undated

box:folder 26:26

Handwritten notes in a small notebook undated


Series 3 Published Articles, 1937-1993

Physical Description: 15 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains two sub-series: A. Articles written by Bede Griffiths; and B. Articles written about Bede Griffiths.

Series 3-A Articles written by Bede Griffths, 1938-1993

Physical Description: 21 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The articles are arranged chronologically.
box:folder 6:2

"The Poetry of St. Benedict", Pax: 25, 101-106: 1935

box:folder 6:2

"St. Justin's 'Apology'", Pax: 27, 289-293: 1937

box:folder 6:2

"A Pilgrim to Jerusalem", Pax: 28, 7-11; 30-35: 1938

box:folder 6:2

"The Mysticism of Mary Webb", Pax: 28, 161-165: 1938

box:folder 6:2

"Integration", Pax: 28, 185-89: 1938

box:folder 6:2

"The Church of England and Reunion", Pax: 29, 34-46: 1939

box:folder 6:2

"The Poetry of the Bible", Pax: 29, 124-28: 1939

box:folder 6:2

"Christian Democracy", Pax: 29, 255-62: 1939

box:folder 6:2

"The Platonic Tradition and the Liturgy", The Eastern Churches Quarterly: 4, 5-8: 1940

box:folder 6:2

"The New Creation", Pax: 36, 15-23: 1946

box:folder 6:2

"Pluscarden: September 8th", Pax: 36, 111-113: 1946

box:folder 6:2

"The City of God", Catholic Mind: 46, 410-13: 1948

box:folder 6:2

"The Mystery of Sex and Marriage", Pax: 39, 77-80: 1949

box:folder 6:2

"Catholicism To-day", Pax: 40, 11-16: 1950

box:folder 6:2

"The Divine Office as a Method of Prayer", Life of the Spirit: 6, 77-85: 1951

box:folder 6:2

"The Priesthood and Contemplation", Life of the Spirit: 5, 439-46: 1951

box:folder 6:2

"The Priesthood and Contemplation", Orate Fratres: 25, 347-55: 1951

box:folder 6:3

"The Divine Office as a Method of Prayer", Theology Digest: 1, 42-44: 1952

box:folder 6:3

"The Mystery of the Scriptures", Life of the Spirit: 7, 67-75: 1952

box:folder 6:3

"Liturgical Formation in the Spiritual Life", Life of the Spirit: 6, 361-68: 1952

box:folder 6:3

"Swiss Monasteries", Pax: 42, 166-72: 1952

box:folder 6:3

"A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture", Pax: 43, 76-78: 1953

box:folder 6:3

"Christian Existentialism", Pax: 43, 141-45: 1953

box:folder 6:3

"The Cloud of the Tabernacle", Life of the Spirit: 7, 478-86: 1953

box:folder 6:3

"The Incarnation and the East", The Commonweal: 59, 298-301: 1953

box:folder 6:3

"The Enigma of Simone Weil", Blackfriars: 34, 232-36 1953

box:folder 6:3

"Monks and the World", Blackfriars: 34, 496-501 1953

box:folder 6:3

"On Reading Novels", Pax: 44, 124-28: 1954

box:folder 6:3

"Our Lady and the Church in the Scriptures", Liturgy: 99 (23), 87-92: 1954

box:folder 6:3

"The Transcendent Unity of Religions", Downside Review: 72:229: July 1954

box:folder 6:3

"The Meaning of the Monastic Life", Pax: 45, 132-37: 1955

box:folder 6:3

"For a Hindu Catholicism", The Tablet: 205, 494-95: 1955

box:folder 6:3

"Experiment in Simplicity", The Commonweal: 61, 471-74: 1956

box:folder 6:3

"Fulfillment for the East", The Commonweal: 63, 55-58: 1955

box:folder 6:3

"The Missionary Today", The Commonweal: 64, 90-92: 1956

box:folder 6:3

"The Taena Community", Pax: 46, 112-15: 1956

box:folder 6:3

"Kerala", Pax: 47, 90-94: 1957

box:folder 6:3

"Vinoba Bhave", Blackfriars: 38, 66-71: 1957

box:folder 6:3

"Symbolism and Cult", Indian Culture and the Fullness of Christ (All India Study Week, Dec. 1956, Madras Cultural Academy, 1957): 52-61: 1956-57

box:folder 6:3

"Catholicism and the East", The Commonweal: 68, 271-74: 1958

box:folder 6:3

"Experiment in Monastic Life", The Commonweal: 68, 634-36: 1958

box:folder 6:3

"Kurisumala Ashram", Pax: 48, 128-33: 1958

box:folder 6:4

"The People of India", Commonweal: 71, 95-98: 1959

box:folder 6:4

"Role of the Layman", Commonweal: 71, 119-21: 1959

box:folder 6:4

"Eastern and Western Traditions in the Liturgy", Clergy Monthly Supplement: 4, 223-28: 1959

box:folder 6:4

"John Cassian", The Month: 21, 346-62: 1959

box:folder 6:4

"A Letter from India", Life of the Spirit: 15, 178-82: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The Church Universal: Efforts toward Reunion", Commonweal: 71, 387-90: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The Kerala Story", Commonweal: 71, 692-94: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"Walking with Vinoba", Commonweal: 73, 14-16: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"Liturgy and the Missions", Asia: 12, 148-54: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The Language of a Mission", Blackfriars: 41, 20-27: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"Hinduism and Christianity in India", Blackfriars: 41, 364-72: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"An Ecumenical Movement in Kerala", Star of the East: 21, 10-12: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The Seed and the Soil", (journal unreadable) 23, 59-64: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The New Creation", Sponsa Regis: 31, 223-30: 1960

box:folder 6:4

"The Ecumenical Approach to Non-Christian Religions", The Catholic World: 193, 304-310: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"The Goal of Evolution", Sponsa Regis: 32, 125-134: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"Paradise Lost", Sponsa Regis: 32, 210-19: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"The Promised Land and Paradise Regained", Sponsa Regis: 32, 278-88: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"The World Council and the Syrian Church", Star of the East: 22, 55-58: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"The Contemplative Life in India", Pax: 51, 105-11: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"Three Roads to Unity", Commonweal: 73, 651-53: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"Non-violence and Nuclear War", Blackfriars: 42, 157-62: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"The Church Universal", Star of the East: 22, 16-22: 1961

box:folder 6:4

"Christianity in India", Perspectives: 6, 16-20: 1961

box:folder 6:5

"Book Review", Good Work: 25, 110-15: 1962

box:folder 6:5

"Gandhi's India, Mao's China", Commonweal: 77, 309-12: 1962

box:folder 6:5

"Meeting at Rajpur", Clergy Monthly Supplement: 6, 137-51: 1962

box:folder 6:5

"The Challenge of India", Good Work: 25, 82-87: 1962

box:folder 6:5

"Report from India", Jubilee: May, 2-3: 1963

box:folder 6:5

"Christian Witness in India", The Catholic Hour: November 10, 1963

box:folder 6:5

"The Church and Hinduism", Jubilee: 11, 30-35: 1963

box:folder 6:5

"The Sense of the Sacred", Good Work: 26, 35-40: 1963

box:folder 6:5

"The Meeting of East and West", Good Work: 26, 100-103: 1963

box:folder 6:5

"Placing Indian Religion", Blackfriars: 44, 477-81: 1963

box:folder 6:5

"The Vatican Council", Star of the East: 25, 9-12: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"Kurisumala Ashram", Eastern Churches Quarterly: 16, 226-31: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"Background to Bombay", The Month: 32, 313-18: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"The Dialogue with Hinduism", Clergy Monthly Supplement: 7, 144-49: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"Indian Spirituality and the Eucharist", India and the Eucharist (Lumen Institute, 1964), 9-18: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"The Ecumenical Approach in the Missions", India: 15, 64-67: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"Liturgy and Culture: The Implications of the Vernacular in the East", The Tablet: 218, 602-03: 1964

box:folder 6:5

"The Dialogue with Hinduism", New Blackfriars: 46, 404-10: 1965

box:folder 6:5

"Dialogue with Hinduism", Catholic Mind: 63, 36-42: 1965

box:folder 6:5

"India after the Pope", Commonweal: 81, 641-42: 1965

box:folder 6:5

"The Church and Non-Christian Religions: Salvation Outside the Church", The Tablet: 219, 1409-10: 1965

box:folder 6:5

"Light on C.S. Lewis", The Month: 35, 337-41: 1966

box:folder 6:5

"Monastic Life in India Today", Monastic Studies: 4, 117-35: 1966

box:folder 6:5

"The Sacred Cow", Commonweal: 85, 483-84: 1967

box:folder 6:5

"The Christian Doctrine of Grace and Freewill", The Mountain Path: April 1967

box:folder 7:1

"Further towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue", Clergy Monthly: 32, 213-20: 1968

box:folder 7:1

"St. Benedict in the Modern World", Pax: 59, 77-79: 1969

box:folder 7:1

"Forest of Peace in South India," The Tablet: 223, 130-32: 1969

box:folder 7:1

"The Meeting of Religions", The Tablet: 223, 856: 1969

box:folder 7:1

"The Ecumenical Situation in Kerala To-day", The Malabar Church: symposium in honour of Rev. Placid J. Podipara (Pont. Inst. Orientalium Studiorum: Rome, 1970), 307-310: 1970

box:folder 7:1

"Indian Christian Contemplation", Clergy Monthly: 35: 277-81: 1971

box:folder 7:1

"Man and God in India", The Tablet: 225, 5-6: 1971

box:folder 7:1

"Where World Religions Meet", The Tablet: 226, 314-15: 1972

box:folder 7:1

"Salvation in India", The Tablet: 226, 1221: 1973

box:folder 7:1

"Eastern Religious Experience", Monastic Studies: 9, 153-60: 1972

box:folder 7:1

"Introduction" and "The Sources of Indian Spirituality", Indian Spirituality in Action (ATC: Bombay, 1973), 10-14 and 63-67: 1973

box:folder 7:1

"Erroneous Beliefs and Unauthorised Rites", The Tablet: 227, 256: 1973

box:folder 7:1

"Experience of God and External World in Asian Religions", Cistercian Studies: 9, 272-76: 1974

box:folder 7:1

"The One Mystery", The Tablet: 228, 223: 1974

box:folder 7:1

"Kurisumala Ashram and Indian Monasticism", No source, 1966

box:folder 7:1

"The Future of Christian Monasticism in India", No source, 1973

box:folder 7:1

"Shantivanam: A New Beginning", No source, 1972

box:folder 7:1

"Swamy Paramarubyananda", No source, 1970

box:folder 7:1

"The Universal Truth", The Tablet: 229, 101-02: 1975

box:folder 7:1

"Shantivanam", Spirit and Life: 70, 24-27: 1975

box:folder 7:1

"Jnana Marga" in Praying Seminar, ca. 1975-76

box:folder 7:1

"Prayer in Christian Ashram" in Praying Seminar, ca. 1975-76

box:folder 7:1

"Moksha in Christianity" in Interfaith Dialogue in [ ? ], Chirapalli (?), ca. 1970-79

box:folder 7:2

"An Open Letter to Father Anastasius Gomes", Vaidriamitram (difficult to read the source): 9, 67-76: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"A Christian Ashram", Vaidriamitram: 9, 14-20: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"Dialogue with Hinduism" in Impact, May 1976

box:folder 7:2

"Shantivanam: An Explanation", Vaidriamitram: 9, 44-48: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"The Indian spiritual tradition and the Church in India", The Outlook: 15, 98-104: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"Village Religion in India", The Tablet: 230, 126-27: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"How the Church Viewed other Religions in the Past", Impact: 11, 152-57: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"'Dear Thomas' Again", The Tablet: 230, 879-90: 1976

box:folder 7:2

"Indianisation or Hinduisation?", No source or date. undated

box:folder 7:2

"The Mystical Dimension in Theology", Indian Theological Studies: 14, 229-46: 1977

box:folder 7:2

"Christian Monastic Life in India", Journal of Dharma: 3, 122-35: 1978

box:folder 7:2

"In Filial Disobedience", New Blackfriars: 59, 463-?: 1979

box:folder 7:2

"The Advaitic Experience and the Personal God in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita", Indian Theological Studies: 15, 71-86: 1978

box:folder 7:2

"The Search for God", The Tablet: 233, 620-21: 1979

box:folder 7:2

"The Birth in a Cave", The Tablet: 233, 1252: 1979

box:folder 7:2

"Mystical Theology in the Indian Tradition", Jeevadhara: 9, 262-77: 1979

box:folder 7:2

"The Monastic Order and the Ashram", American Benedictine Review: 30, 134-45: 1979

box:folder 7:3

"The Benedictines in India", Examiner: March 22: 178-79: 1980

box:folder 7:3

"Death into Life", The Tablet: April 12: 337-38: 1980

box:folder 7:3

"The Two Theologies", The Tablet: 234, 520-21: 1980

box:folder 7:3

"Saint Benedict: His Significance for India To-day", Vidyajyoti: Number unreadable, 432-36: 1980

box:folder 7:3

"Quest for Truth and Authentic Living", Akashvani: 45, 13-14: 1980

box:folder 7:3

"Foreword" for The Child and the Serpent, by Jyoti Sahi, 1980

box:folder 7:3

"Mission is Dialogue", Indian Missiological Review: 3, 43-53: 1981

box:folder 7:3

"Death and Resurrection", The Tablet: 235, 386-87: 1981

box:folder 7:3

"The Benedictines in India", Indian Theological Studies: 18, 346-353: 1981

box:folder 7:3

"The Church of the Future", The Tablet: 236, 364-66: 1982

box:folder 7:3

"The Emptying of God", Examiner: Dec. 18: 811-12: 1982

box:folder 7:3

"Indigenisation of Religious Life in India from the Benedictine Point of View", Word and Worship: 15, 149-53: 1982

box:folder 7:3

"Afterword: On Essays in Mysticism", Essays in Mysticism: Explorations into Contemplative Experience (Sunday Publications: Lake Worth, FL, 1982), 177-78: 1982

box:folder 7:3

"The Mystical Tradition in India Today", Indian Mystical Tradition: undated

box:folder 7:3

"Science Today and the New Creation", American Theosophist: 71, 412-17: 1983

box:folder 7:3

"The Birth of Christ in Asia", Examiner: 809: Dec. 17: 1983

box:folder 7:3

"The Trinity and the Hologram" from a Conference in Shantivanam, Religion in the Light of the New Scientific View, 1983

box:folder 7:4

"Inner Disarmament and the Spiritual Warrior", Contemplative Review: 17, 17-21: 1984

box:folder 7:4

"Christian Ashrams", Word and Worship: 17, 150-52: 1984

box:folder 7:4

"Benedictine Ashram", Laughing Man: 5, 34-37: 1984

box:folder 7:4

"The Ashram and Monastic Life", In Cristo: 22, 217-222: 1984

box:folder 7:4

"Transcending Dualism: An Eastern Approach to the Semitic Religions", Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research, Tantur, Jerusalem Yearbook: 93-111: 1984

box:folder 7:4

"A New Vision of Reality: Western Science and Eastern Mysticism", Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore, 1984

box:folder 7:4

"The Ashram and Monastic Life", No source, undated

box:folder 7:4

"The Emerging Universal consciousness and the Mystical Traditions of Asia", from Emerging Consciousness for a New Humankind: Asian Interreligious Concern, 1985

box:folder 7:4

"The Church of Rome and Reunion", New Blackfriars: 65, 389-92: 1985

box:folder 7:4

"Transcending Dualism: An Eastern Approach to the Semitic Religions", Cistercian Studies 20:3: 1985


From a lecture given 5/1984 in Jerusalem at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research.
box:folder 7:4

"A Meditation on the Mystery of the Trinity", No source, undated

box:folder 7:4

"Dialogue and Inculturation", Examiner: 137, 777-78: 1986

box:folder 7:4

"The Gifts of the Magi", Examiner: 137, 1211: 1986

box:folder 7:4

"Transformation in Christ in the Mystical Theology of Gregory of Nyssa", American Theosophist: 74, 156-60: 1986

box:folder 7:4

"The Meaning and Purpose of an Ashram", No source, undated

box:folder 7:4

"Nature, Technology and the New Society", Jeevadhara: 23, 23-31: 1988

box:folder 7:4

"Radical Monastic Renewal in the Light of the East", Monastic Studies, December 1988

box:folder 7:4

"A Symbolic Theology", New Blackfrairs, 69: 817: 1988

box:folder 7:4

"Christianity in the Light of the East", Hibbert Lecture: Hibbert Trust, London: 1989

box:folder 7:4

"The Significance of India for Camaldolese Monasticism", American Benedictine Review: 40, 138-40: 1989

box:folder 7:4

"Vatican Letter Disguises Wisdom of Eastern Religions", Response to Vatican Letter on Some Aspects of Meditation: no source, 1989

box:folder 7:4

"A Benedictine Ashram", from A Garland of Letters, 1989


Full book is in Box 4, ff 22.
box:folder 7:5

"The Silence and Solitude of the Heart: Communion with God", No source, 1991

box:folder 7:5

"Dzogchen and Christian Contemplation", A.I.M. Monastic Bulletin: 55, 122-25: 1993

box:folder 7:5

"Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit: Balancing Duality", talk given 1992: Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI: Occasional Paper, 1994

box:folder 7:5

"Varia: A Non-Dual Experience", June 1992

box:folder 7:5

"For Those Without Sin", National Catholic Reporter, August 14: 20: 1992

box:folder 7:5

"The Human Condition", Monos 4:8, September 1992

box:folder 7:5

"Comments on Dzog Chen", Saccidananda Ashram, December 4, 1992

box:folder 7:5

"Pathways to the Supreme", Saccidananda Ashram, December 10, 1992

box:folder 7:5

"Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit: Balancing Duality", Fetzer Institute Occasional Paper, 1992

box:folder 7:5

"A Center of Contemplative Living", no source, 1992

box:folder 7:5

"Afterword" in Sheer Joy by Matthew Fox, 1992

box:folder 7:5

"The New Consciousness", The Tablet: Jan.16: 70: 1993

box:folder 7:5

"The Ashram as a Way of Transcendence", in Christian Ashrams by Vandana Mataji, 1993

box:folder 8:1-3

Examiner (India) - Articles and letters undated, 1960-1988

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Ideal of an Indian Catholicism", 8/20/60

box:folder 8:1-3

"Indian Catholicism", Letter to the Editor:

box:folder 8:1-3

Pierre Fallon, S.J. 9/17/60

box:folder 8:1-3

R.V. DeSmet, S.J. and BG 9/24/60

box:folder 8:1-3

P. Gisbert, S.J. and Th. Steltenpool 10/8/60

box:folder 8:1-3

Fr. Victor, O.C.D. 10/29/60

box:folder 8:1-3

Maria Galvani 12/3/60

box:folder 8:1-3

"Indian Catholicism and Hindu Culture" 12/3/60

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Birth of Christ in India", 12/16/61

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Church of the Future", 12/21/63

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Ecumenical Approach to Hinduism", 8/7/65

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Declaration on the Church and Non-Christian Religions", 2/19/66

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Dialogue with Hindus", 12/17/66

box:folder 8:1-3

Book Review: Christian Ashram, (B.M.A.) 12/17/66

box:folder 8:1-3

"The New Creation", no. 118, 1967

box:folder 8:1-3

Book Review: Vedanta and Christian Faith, (B.M.A.) 12/21/74

box:folder 8:1-3

"Indianisation", Letter to the Editor, 5/10/75

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Laity Congress", Letter to the Editor, 8/7/76

box:folder 8:1-3

"Communion in the Hand", Letter to the Editor, 1/28/77

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Benedictines in India", 3/22/80

box:folder 8:1-3

"Science Today and the New Creation", 2/27/82

box:folder 8:1-3

Book Review: The Marriage of East and West, 10/2/82

box:folder 8:1-3

"Emptying of God", 12/18/82

box:folder 8:1-3

"A New Vision of Reality", an article about a meeting in Shantivanam to discuss "the bearing the new evolution in science has on spirituality and religion." 1/8/83

box:folder 8:1-3

"Avatara and Incarnation", 12/15/84

box:folder 8:1-3

"Emerging Consciousness for a New Humankind", 2/9/85

box:folder 8:1-3

"Avatara and Incarnation", Letter to the Editor, 3/9/85 4/27/85

box:folder 8:1-3

"Dialogue and Inculturation", 8/16/86

box:folder 8:1-3

"The Christian Ashram", 12/17/88


Part of the text is missing - the paper is torn.
box:folder 8:1-3

"Inculturation", Letter to the Editor, undated

box:folder 8:1-3

"Revelation and Experience", Letter to the Editor, undated

box:folder 8:1-3

Book Review: Vedanta and Christian Faith (Sylvester Houedard), undated

box:folder 8:4-6

Tablet (England) Articles and letters: 1965-1992

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Church and Non-Christian Religions: Salvation Outside the Church" (Council Degrees - VII), 12/18/65

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Forest of Peace in South India", 2/8/69

box:folder 8:4-6

"Man and God", 1/2/71

box:folder 8:4-6

"Where World Religions Meet", 4/1/72

box:folder 8:4-6

"Salvation in India", 12/30/72

box:folder 8:4-6

"Erroneous Beliefs and Unauthorised Rites", 4/14/73

box:folder 8:4-6

"Erroneous Beliefs", Letter to the Editor, 6/2/73

box:folder 8:4-6

"The One Mystery" (The Pioneers of Hindu-Christian Dialogue), 3/9/74

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Universal Truth" (Christian-Hindu Dialogue on the Mystery of Salvation), 2/1/75

box:folder 8:4-6

Letter to the Editor, (Lewis Addison) 2/22/75

box:folder 8:4-6

Letter to the Editor, (Mary M. Stanton, Thomas Mootheden, G.H. Duggan 3/1/75

box:folder 8:4-6

Letter to the Editor, 4/12/75

box:folder 8:4-6

"Unity and Diversity", Letter to the Editor, 7/26/75 9/6/75

box:folder 8:4-6

"Indian Jubilee", 1/10/76


(article about Shantivanam's silver jubilee)
box:folder 8:4-6

"Profound Fulfilment", Book Review by BG on Buddhists Find Christ and The Thousand-Petalled Lotus, 5/8/76

box:folder 8:4-6

"Village Religion in India", 7/24/76

box:folder 8:4-6

"'Dear Thomas' Again", 9/11/76

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Vedic Revelation", 11/5/1977


Appraisal of "an anthology of the Vedas" by Raimundo Panikkar.
box:folder 8:4-6

"Union and Communion", Letter to the Editor, 5/28/77

box:folder 8:4-6

"Intercommunion Now", Letter to the Editor, 7/8/78

box:folder 8:4-6

"Spirit as Mother", 6/9/79

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Search for God", 6/30/79


Young people from the west in India in search of God in the religions of the East
box:folder 8:4-6

"A Western Guru", (Ronald Jenkinson)


Article about a lecture by BG at Ealing Abbey.
box:folder 8:4-6

"The Birth in a Cave", 12/29/79

box:folder 8:4-6

"Death into Life", 4/12/80

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Two Theologies", 5/31/80

box:folder 8:4-6

J.P. Wroe, 6/7/80

box:folder 8:4-6

Cecilia Hull and H.E. Georgiadis, 6/21/80

box:folder 8:4-6

"St. Benedict in the East", 9/22/80

box:folder 8:4-6

"Dialogue Between Faiths", Letter to the Editor, 11/22/80

box:folder 8:4-6

"Death and Resurrection", 4/25/81

box:folder 8:4-6

"The Church of the Future", 4/17/82


'blueprint of an ecumenical church'
box:folder 8:4-6

Book Review: The Marriage of East and West, (Columba Cary-Elwes) 8/14/82

box:folder 8:4-6

Book Review by BG of A New Science of Life by Rupert Sheldrake, 4/12/86

box:folder 8:4-6

Book Review: A Sense of the Sacred: A Biography of Bede Griffiths by Kathryn Spink, (Wayne Teasdale) 7/23/88

box:folder 8:4-6

Book Review: A New Vision of Reality: Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith, (John Todd) 12/30/89

box:folder 8:4-6

"The M-word", (magisterium) 8/11/90

box:folder 8:4-6

"Personal Faith and Propositions", Letter to the Editor, 10/27/90

box:folder 8:4-6

"In Jesus' Name", 4/25/92


Series 3-B:  Articles written about Bede Griffths, 1938-1993

Physical Description: 6 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This series includes interviews. The articles are arranged chronologically.
box:folder 8:7

1968 1978-79 1983-89

box:folder 8:8

1991 1993

box:folder 9:1


box:folder 9:2


box:folder 9:3

Journey to the Cave of the Heart: Spiritual Direction and the Unfolding of the Self at Mid-Life, Douglas M. Conlan (M.A. Thesis) 1996


Study of Bede Griffiths' role as spiritual guide.
box:folder 9:4

"The Union of Opposites in the Life and Teaching of Bede Griffiths" by Margaret Gorman 2002


Series 4 Subject Files 1950-93

Physical Description: 92 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series contains seven sub-series: A - Personal Papers (A1, "Personal" File, and A2, Publications File); B - Prinknash Abbey Archives; C - Death of Bede Griffiths; D - Bede Griffiths Trust; E - Bede Griffiths' Australian Tours, 1985, 1992; E - General Subject Files (including material on Saccidananda Ashram and Fr. Jules Monchanin) and G - Gift from Judson Trapnell.

Sub-series 4-A1 Bede Griffiths' Personal Papers 1950-92

Physical Description: 11 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This was one thick file folder marked in Fr. Bede's handwriting. It is here separated into 11 file folders.
box:folder 4:1

"The Golden String" : correspondence, reviews, dust jacket 1954-55

box:folder 4:2

Correspondence, outgoing : 17 letters, carbon copies or photocopies 1957-92

box:folder 4:3

Correspondence, incoming 1961 1970-90

box:folder 4:4

Latin Documents 1957-58 1964

box:folder 4:5

Agreement transferring Saccidananda Ashram from Fr. LeSaux to Fr. Mahieu 1968


(See also, Box 22, ff 6-7)
box:folder 4:6

J. Monchanin to "Ma Mere", 2 letters 1951

box:folder 4:6a

Reminiscences of Moncharin by Pierre Emanuel from The Universal Singular 1950

box:folder 4:7

Foundation of Kurisumalai Ashram 1957 1974

box:folder 4:8

Publications : reviews, agreements, royalties 1983-90

box:folder 4:9

BG Astological Chart 1990

box:folder 4:10

Articles 1975-92

box:folder 4:11

Miscellaneous papers undated

box:folder 30:1

Small Notebook, BG list of mass intentions (listing names) undated

box:folder 30:2

BG health evaluation, Osage, OK 7/16/92, and Prescription sheet and instructions, Shantivanam, 3/24/93 1992-93

box:folder 30:3

Short BG Biography and Vita 1983


Sub-series 4-A2 Personal - Publications File, 1973-1993

Physical Description: 6 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

These materials concern Fr. Bede's publishing.
box:folder 5:1

Contracts/Agreements 1973-92

box:folder 5:2

Correspondence with Publishers, Incoming 1975-92

box:folder 5:3

Correspondence, Incoming, Personal expressions of appreciation to BG 1976-84 undated

box:folder 5:4

Reviews : the majority are of "Return to the Centre", 1976, and "Marriage of East and West", 1982 1972-93

box:folder 5:5

Royalty Statement, Wm. Collins Sons 1988 1989

box:folder 5:6

Sample book cover, Templegate Publishers catalog, Preface to "A New Vision of Reality" undated


Sub-series 4-B Prinknash Abbey Archives 1933-91

Physical Description: 12 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The materials are photocopies of Abbey records concerning Bede Griffiths. The originals remain in the Abbey. The Abbot of Prinknash has given permission for the materials to be used without restriction.
box:folder 3:1-5

Correspondence 1954-90

box:folder 3:1

BG to the Abbey 1954-91

box:folder 3:2

Exclaustration for BG and Benedict Alapatt 1954-55

box:folder 3:3

Permission to change to Syro-Malankara Rite 1956-57

box:folder 3:4

BG to Dom Michael Hanbury 1954-81

box:folder 3:5

1 letter, Fr. Alban to Br. Hildebrand, remembering Bede at Prinknash 11/7/90

box:folder 3:6

Photographs (photocopies) ca. 1943-49

box:folder 3:7

Articles about BG

box:folder 3:7

English 1959

box:folder 3:7

French 1989

box:folder 3:8

BG, Misc. writings undated

box:folder 3:9

BG Baptismal record (photocopy of register page) 1932

box:folder 3:10

BG, Final vows (photocopy) undated

box:folder 3:11

Articles and Reviews by BG, in Pax [1933-36]

box:folder 3:12

Photograph and Articles - Blessing the silk worms and mulberry trees, Farnborough 3/28/1950


Sub-series 4-C Death of Bede Griffiths, 1993

Physical Description: 4 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Materials concerning Fr. Bede's death in 1993.
box:folder 10:1

Obituaries 1993

box:folder 10:2

Correspondence 1993

box:folder 10:3

Press releases, messages, tributes 1993

box:folder 10:4

Memorial service, Westminster Cathedral, England 6/15/93


Sub-series 4-D Bede Griffith's Trust, 1993-2003,

Physical Description: 13 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Materials concerning the Bede Griffiths Trust, the incorporated body which donated the original collection. The Bede Griffiths Trust exists to propagate the teachings of Bede Griffiths.
box:folder 10:5

Certificate of Incorporation and Correspondence 1992-93

box:folder 10:6

Trust Directors List 1995

box:folder 10:7

Posters for events 1993-95

box:folder 10:8

Publications, "Universal Wisdom" brochures 1993-94

box:folder 10:9

Publications, Correspondence, "Pathways to the Supreme", "Psalms for Christian Prayer" undated

box:folder 10:10

Publications, Correspondence, BG biography 1995

box:folder 10:11

Pamphlet/Brochures 1995 2003

box:folder 10:12

Correspondence 1992-94

box:folder 10:13

Letter with enclosures, Roper to directors 1/18/95

box:folder 10:14

Ropers: list of items sent to BG Archives 1995

box:folder 10:15

The Society for the Renewal of Contemplative Life, brochure ca. 1995

box:folder 24:1-3

Correspondence, Papers undated


Sub-series 4-E Bede Griffiths' Australian Tours, 1985, 1992

Physical Description: 6 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The material included here was a gift from Fr. Douglas Conlan, Australia. It is all photocopies, no originals. (See also, Box 19, Audiocassettes of tours; Videotape 15; photographs, Box 21; and Box 28, ff 5.)
box:folder 11:1

1985 Australian Tour 1985

box:folder 11:2-6

1992 Australian Tour 1992

box:folder 11:2

Plans for tour, Correspondence 1992

box:folder 11:3

Newspaper articles 1992

box:folder 11:4

Copies of talks and presentations 1992

box:folder 11:5

BG Correspondence to Conlan 1983-92

box:folder 11:6

Card and insert for audio cassette case 1992


Sub-series 4-F General Subject Files, 1959-2004,

Physical Description: 31 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This Sub-Series contains papers and files obtained from the original donation and subsequent additions. There are various Bede Griffiths lectures, and transcripts, and materials concerning Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, Bede Griffiths' Ashram in South India and its founder, Fr. Jules Monchanin.
box:folder 4:12

Bankok Meeting: Questionnaires, lectures, presentations, mass/liturgy booklet, summaries. This was the meeting, attended by Bede, at which Thomas Merton died. 1968

box:folder 4:12a

G.R. Bhaktal Memorial Lecture: "A New Vision of Reality: Western Science and Eastern Mysticism", Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore, India 1984

box:folder 4:13

John Main Seminar: "Christian Meditation: The Evolving Tradition", New Harmony, Indiana (See also: Audiotapes, Box 19) 1991

box:folder 4:14

John Harriott Memorial Award: Acceptance speech 1993

box:folder 4:15

Parliment of World's Religions: In Memory of BG, poster 1993

box:folder 4:16

Osage Monastery, Oklahoma undated

box:folder 4:17

Benedict Alapatt, O.S.B., biography 1982

box:folder 4:18

Poetry sent to BG undated

box:folder 4:19

Brochures and pamphlets, various centers and places undated

box:folder 4:20

Videotape order brochures undated

box:folder 11:7

Book bag, cotton, n.d.; Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam (See also: Box 4 ff 22) ca. 1992

box:folder 11:8

BG Obituaries, Australian newspapers 1993 1994

box:folder 22:7-8

Saccidananda Ashram 1977-90

box:folder 22:7

Correspondence and statements relating to status of the Ashram and the liturgy 1977-90

box:folder 22:8

Register of persons entering the Ashram; and persons receiving Sannyasa Diksha from BG 1968-92

box 23

Tibetan "Thanka" (white scarf) given by the Dalai Lama to BG, Perth, Australia (gift of Douglas Conlan) 1992

box:folder 24:13-16

Selections from Swami Parama Arubi Anandam: A Memorial, Saccidananda Ashram 1959


This is a memorial to Fr. Jules Monchanin (1895-1957), founder of the Ashram. The selections are photocopied from the volume held at the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Special Collections (call # BX4705 M626 S936 1959). Included are: Biography, "Glimpses of His Life and Ideals", pg. 1-94; Selected Writings, "Contemplation, the Essential Vocation of the Church and of India" and "The Quest of the Absolute"; Photographs of Fr. Monchanin and the Ashram; and A tribute from Fr. Bede Griffiths, "His True Vocation".
box:folder 26:9

There is no File Folder 9.

box:folder 26:10

Table of Contents for Audiotape collection from Fr. Angelo Devananda Scolozzi. Tapes are in Box 27. The Table of Contents does not completely match the tapes in the box. Some are missing. The originals may have been reel-to-reel tapes copied onto the audiocassettes in the box. The copied tapes do not correspond directly with the Table of Contents. undated

box:folder 26:11

Typed transcript for the tapes: "Modern Physics and the Eucharist". Tape is in Box 27. undated

box:folder 26:11a

Transcript: "Conversations with Fr. Bede - Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY"; with Judson Trapnell. There is no tape. 8/20-23/1999

box:folder 28:5

BG Trips to Australia (See also: Box 11) 1985 1992

box:folder 28:6

Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam (See also: Box 11, ff 7, book bag) (See also: Box 22, ff 6-7) undated

box:folder 28:7

Saccidananda Ashram, Garland of Letters - (a booklet of essays and poems) undated

box:folder 28:8

"List of Papers Stored in the Cupboards in Fr. Bede's Hermitage, Santivanam Ashram", compiled by Adrian Rance 2/2004

box:folder 28:9

Jeevan Jyothi Ashram: Benedictine Oblates (Sisters) Rule of Life 1980

box:folder 28:10

Miscellaneous papers undated

box:folder 28:11

Videotape cover: The Heart of the Christian-Hindu Dialogue (see Videotape 16) undated

box:folder 30:4

Information/announcements on various conferences 1978 1989-93

box:folder 30:5

Excerpts from "The Mystical Connection", BG, New Dimensions Tape transcript undated


Sub-series 4-G  Gift from Judson Trapnell, 1969-2002

Physical Description: 6 folders

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

One foot of material was donated by Rose Trapnell after Judson Trapnell passed away in 2002. Articles and books were integrated into the appropriate Series in the Collection. The remainder of the subject files are here.
box:folder 29:1

Correspondence, BG to Trapnell, 16 letters 5/1988 - 1/1993

box:folder 29:2

Transcripts of Conversations: Trapnell with BG 1989-90 1992

box:folder 29:3

Notes on recorded talks with and reading books by Bede Griffiths undated

box:folder 29:4

Bede Griffiths Bibliography, working file on updates ca. 2002

box:folder 29:5

"Embracing the Limits of Dialogue", draft of an article by Trapnell with comments by Fr. Bruno Barnhart 2000

box:folder 29:6

"Hindu and Christian in Vrindaban" by Klaus Klostermaier (English photocopy). Includes a separate "Glossary of Terms". 1969


Series 5  Newsletters 1994-98

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series contains the Bede Griffiths Trust Bulletin and Bede Griffiths Sangha Newsletter.
box:folder 28:1-2

Bede Griffiths Trust Bulletin (California): "The Golden String", Vol. 1 no. 1, Spring 1994 -

box:folder 28:3-4

"Bede Griffiths Sangha Newsletter" (Cushemere, Kent, UK), (some missing) 1998 -


Series 6  Photographs 1954-1998

Physical Description: 12 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs of Griffiths childhood home, travel photos, retreats, postcards & Holy Cards, etc.
The numbers in parentheses in box 21 represent the number of photographs in the folder.
box:folder 20:1

Bede Griffiths ca. 1954-55

box:folder 20:2

BG childhood home in England undated

box:folder 20:3-4

BG at New Camaldoli, Big Sur, CA ca. 1991

box:folder 20:5

BG at Camaldoli, Italy 1992

box:folder 20:6

BG at Saccidananda Ashram ca. 1992

box:folder 20:7

BG in his last illness 1993

box:folder 20:8

Funeral Mass for Bede Griffiths May 1993

box:folder 20:9

First Bede Griffiths Retreat, New Camaldoli, Big Sur, CA ca. 1993-94

box:folder 20:10

Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, India undated

box:folder 20:11

Unidentified undated

box:folder 20:12

Postcards and Holy Cards ca. 1993-94 1998

box:folder 21:1

Saccidananda, Shantivanam (16) 1985 1987 1989

box:folder 21:1a

Bede's birthday 12/17/89

box:folder 21:2-16

Photos were taken in at Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, India 1991

box:folder 21:2

Bede Griffiths (11) 1991

box:folder 21:3

Douglas Conlan (6) 1991

box:folder 21:4

BG birthday (19) December 1991

box:folder 21:5

BG celebrating mass, giving talks (17) 1991

box:folder 21:6

BG celebrating mass (7) 1991

box:folder 21:7

Unidentified service (8) 1991

box:folder 21:8

Unidentified service (Memorial to Fathers LeSaux and Monchanin?) (14) 1991

box:folder 21:9-10

Portraits of persons at the Ashram, some identified (36) 1991

box:folder 21:11

BG with American Yogi (4) 1991

box:folder 21:12-16

Scenes of the Ashram and environs (52) 1991

box:folder 21:17-32

Bede Griffiths' tour of Australia; the photos are of BG attending functions or visiting places and people. 1992

box:folder 21:17

Douglas Conlan's house, Pinjarra (or Christ by the River Hermitage) (14) 1992

box:folder 21:18

Dinner, Conlan's parish, Pinjarra (8) 1992

box:folder 21:19

BG with Tibetan activist, Pinjarra (6) 1992

box:folder 21:20

BG with the Dalai Lama, and Conlan, Perth (4) 1992

box:folder 21:21

Mass, St. Philip's, Perth (15) 1992

box:folder 21:22

Mt. Carmel, Adelaide (7) 1992

box:folder 21:23

Good Samaritan Convent, Melbourne (6) 1992

box:folder 21:24

BG with Venerable Yeshe Loden, Melbourne (7) 1992

box:folder 21:25

Cistertian Abbey, Victoria (18) 1992

box:folder 21:26

Montserrat Prayer House, Victoria (3) 1992

box:folder 21:27

Gawler Foundation, Victoria (6) 1992

box:folder 21:28

St. Benedict's, Arcadia, N.S. Wales (15) 1992

box:folder 21:29-30

BG with Koorie Elder Gaboo, Arcadia, N.S. Wales (19) 1992

box:folder 21:31

Bodhinyana Theravadin Forest Monastery near Perth (3) 1992

box:folder 21:32

BG being interviewed, unidentified (4) 1992

box:folder 21:33

BG at Sydney Airport (1) 1992


Series 7 Books 1961-2000

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This Series consists of three Sub-Series: A - Books Published by Bede Griffiths; B - Books Published about Bede Griffiths; and C - Bede Griffiths' personal books.

Sub-series 7-A Books Published by Bede Griffiths 1966-95

Physical Description: 11 books

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The books are in chronological order by original publication date. If the book is also found in the GTU Library general book collection, it will be so indicated by an LC call number.
box 12

The Golden String (Harvill Press: London, 1954) BX4668 .G74 1980 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL) 1980 1954 1980

box 12

Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue, 1966 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1984); BR128 .H5 G73 1984;

BR128 .H5 G7 1967 (Scribner: NY, 1967)

First published, 1966 under the title, Christian Ashram (Darton: London, 1966) BR 128 .H5 G7
1966 1967 1984

box 12

Vedanta and Christian Faith (Dawn Horse Press: Middletown, CA, 1973). BR128 .H5 G75 1973 1973

box 12

Return to the Center, 1976 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1977).

Return to the Centre, BV4832.2 .G66 (Collins: London, 1976)

BV4832.2 .G66 1978 (Fount: London, 1978)
1976 1977 1978

box 12

The Marriage of East and West, 1982 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1982). BR127 .G84 1982 (Collins: London, 1982) 1982

box 12

The Cosmic Revelation, 1983 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1983). BR128 .H5 G743 1983 1983

box 12

River of Compassion: A Christian Commentary on the Bhagavadgita (Amity House: Warwick, NY, 1987). BL1138.66 G75 1995 (Continuum: NY, NY, 1995) 1987 1995

box 12

A New Vision of Reality: Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith, ed. Felicity Edwards, 1989 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1990). BL48 G74 1989 1989

box 12

Vedanta and Christian Faith With Selected Essays From Swami Paramananda and Swami Abhishiktananda (Dawn Horse Press: Clearlake, CA, 1991). BR128 .H5 G75 1991 1991

box 12

The New Creation in Christ: Christian Meditation and Community, 1992 (Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1994). 1992 1994

box 12

Universal Wisdom: A Journey Through the Sacred Wisdom of the World (Fount: London, 1994). BL65.C8 U55 1994 1994


Sub-series 7-B Books Published about Bede Griffiths (and related subjects) 1977-2001

Physical Description: 15 books

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

There is no order. If the book is also found in the GTU Library general book collection, it will be so indicated by an LC call number.
box 13

Bede Griffiths' Theory of Religious Symbol and Practice of Dialogue: Towards Interreligious Understanding, by Judson Bemis Trapnell. Dissertation, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1993 (UMI Dissertation Services facsimile). 1993

box 13

Reflexions on the Theology of Father Bede Griffiths: Will the Holy Spirit Destroy the Walls of the Tradition?, by Kristina Wegrzynowska (St. Joseph's Institute of Printing: India, 1994), 2 copies. 1994

box 13

As We are One: Essays and Poems in Honor of Bede Griffiths, ed. Beatrice Bruteau (Philosophers' Exchange: Pfafftown, NC, 1991). 1991

box 13

Christian Interpretation of Indian Samnyasa: A Study Based on the Vision and Experience of Swami Bede Griffiths, Jesu Rajan. dissertation, Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, 1988. 1988

box 13

Bede Griffiths and Sannyasa, Jesu Rajan (Asian Trading Corporation: Bangalore, India, 1997). Published version of Rajan's 1988 dissertation, "Christian Interpretation of Indian Sannyasa." 1997

box 13

Bede's Journey to the Beyond, Jesu Rajan (Asian Trading Corporation: Bangalore, India, 1997). 1997

box 14

A Sense of the Sacred, by Kathryn Spink (Orbis Books: Maryknoll, NY, 1989). BX4705 .G6226 S64 1988 1988

box 14

Swamy Bede Dayananda: Testimonies and Tributes, ed. Xavier Irudayaraj (Shantivanam Publications: Thannirpalli, South India, 1994). 1994

box 14

Gurus, Ashrams, and Christians, by Vandana (Darton, Longman and Todd: London, 1978). BL632.5 .I4 V36 1978

box 14

Jules Monchanin: Pioneer in Christian-Hindu Dialogue, by Sten Rodhe (Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: Delhi, India, 1993). 1993

box 14

Toward a Christian Vedanta: The Encounter of Hinduism and Christianity According to Bede Griffiths, by Wayne Teasdale. Doctoral dissertation, Fordham University, 1986. Published version: Asian Trading Corporation: Bangalore, India, 1987 with Forward by Bede Griffiths. BL1155 .T33 1987 1986 1987

box 14

A Human Search: Bede Griffiths Reflects on His Life, ed. John Swindells (Triumph Books: Liguori, MO, 1997). BX4705 G5133 A3 1977. Published transcripts of the interviews for the video, A Human Search (see Video Tape #3). 1997

box 14

Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths, Shirley du Boulay (Doubleday: New York, 1998). BX4705 G6226 D82 1998 (Circulating copy is British edition; Rider: London, 1998.) 1998

box 25

Bede Griffiths: A Life in Dialogue by Judson B. Trapnell (State University of New York Press, Albany: 2001). BX4705 G6226 T73 2001 2001

box 25

Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition, by Thomas Matus (Paulist Press: Ramsey, NJ, 1984). BR128 H5 M36 1984 1984


Sub-series 7-C Bede Griffiths' Personal Books 1878 1941-67

Physical Description: 4 books

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

These books were Fr. Bede's own books that he used personally. They were brought from the Ashram and had been in his hut. They all have damage from moisture and humidity, and from insects and rodents which have eaten away parts of the pages. For the most part, the text is still intact.
box 13

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (Foreign Languages Press: Peking, 1967). The book is inscribed to Fr. Bede from Lewis Mendel, dated October 1976. 1967

box 13

The Paradiso of Dante Alighieri (J.M. Dent & Sons: London, 1941). The text has been partially eaten away by insects. 1941

box 13

The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis (Henri Proost & Co.: Turnhout, Belgium, 1961). The cover has the name Michael Aranha stamped in gold. 1961

box 13

Rituale Romanum of Paul V and Benedict XIV, ed. Society of St. John the Evangelist (Desclee: Tornaci, Belgium, 1878). The book has several handwritten pages tipped in. It is presumably Fr. Bede's writing. 1878


Series 8  Audiotapes 1982-93

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This Series contains four Sub-Series: A - Bede Griffiths' Morning and Evening Talks at Saccidananda Ashram; B - Bede Griffiths' Australian Tours; C - General Audiotapes; and D - Gift from Fr. Angelo Devananda Scolozzi.

Sub-series 8-A Bede Griffiths' Morning and Evening Talks at Saccidananda Ashram 1983-89 undated

Physical Description: 138 cassettes

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Cassettes arranged chronologically.
box 15

35 cassettes, 12/29/1983 - 8/31/1985

box 16

33 cassettes, 10/16/1985 - 1987


Note: The cassettes for 1987 come from Wayne Teasdale. Though the labels are undated, they have been identified by Teasdale as 1987. The cassettes labeled, "Talks on Paul's Letters", and "The Acts of the Apostles" are from early 1987. There are some duplicate copies.
box 17

35 cassettes, 1987 - 1/19/1988

box 18

26 cassettes, 1/16/1988 - 1/12/1989

box 18

9 cassettes, undated


Sub-series 8-B Bede Griffiths' Australia Tours 1985-92

Physical Description: 1 box

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Gift of and recorded by Fr. Douglas Conlan. These are presentations, interviews, lectures, and discussions from Bede Griffiths' tours of Australia, 1985 and 1992. (For more material on the Australia tours, see also: Box 11; photographs, Box 21; Box 28, ff 5; and Videotape 15.)
box 19

Talks by Bede Griffiths; Perth, Australia, 1985: 1985


"Marriage of East and West"

"Resurrection and the New Creations . . ."

"Introduction to Spirituality"

"Universal Man as Revealed in the Traditions"

"Transpersonal Psychiatry and the Religious Experience"
box 19

Interview on ABC Insights: Bede Griffiths 1987

box 19

Review by Fr. Douglas Conlan on ABC Radio: Review of "Sense of the Sacred" 1989

box 19

Australia Tour; Talks by Bede Griffiths: 1992


"New Vision of Reality in Light of Modern Science", Perth [2 copies]

"Return to the Centre"

"New Vision in Light of Christian and Advaitic Mysticism", Perth

BG and Gehse Loden, Melbourne

Talk to Carmelite Nuns, 9/5/92, Adelaide

Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne (2 copies)

Gawler Foundation, Victoria

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers, New So. Wales

Reflections of a visit with the Dalai Lama, Perth

Adelaide, S. Australia

BG and Baden Offord, Sydney
box 19

Australia Tour; Interviews with Bede Griffiths: 1992

Scope and Content Note

ABC Encounter

ABC Sacred Readings (8935 from Dom Bede)

ABC Radio Interviews

ABC Insights Program (2 copies)

BG and Paul Collins, ABC Victoria

Sub-series 8-C General Audiotapes 1982-92

Physical Description: 1 box, 24 cassettes

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

No arrangement
box 19

"Saturday Chapter with Fr. Thomas Matus" [1 cassette] 8/21/93

box 19

"Dom Bede 'on John Main'" [1 cassette, 2 copies] undated

box 19

"Dom Bede: Homilies 1990" [1 cassette, 2 copies] 1990

box 19

Retreat, contribution of Bede Griffiths (Vivekanda, Fennville, MI) [1 cassette] 12/13/92

box 19

"Griffiths; Integration of Mind, Body, Spirit: Balancing Duality", Fetzer Institute [1 cassette] 1992

box 19

"Griffiths; The Universal Call to Contemplation", New Camaldoli, Big Sur, CA [1 cassette] 1992

box 19

Vision Tape, proof copy, Ojai Foundation [1 cassette - damaged] undated

box 19

"Christian Meditation: The Evolving Tradition", John Main Seminar, New Harmony, Indiana, [6 cassettes - See also: Box 4, ff 13] 1991

box 19

"Convergence of Religions," Esalen, Big Sur, CA [2 cassettes] 1983

box 19

"Hindu and Christian Experience of God", Esalen, Big Sur, CA, [2 cassettes] 1983

box 19

"Return to the Center," Ojai, CA [4 cassettes] 1983

box 19

"Christian Doctrine of New Creation," Bombay, India 1982


Sub-series 8-D Audiotapes - Gift from Fr. Angelo Devananda Scolozzi 1989-92

Physical Description: 1 box, 27 cassettes

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

These 27 audiocassettes are a gift from Fr. Angelo Devananda Scolozzi. See the Table of Contents in Box 26, File Folder 10. The tapes do not correspond directly with the Table of Contents. As close as can be determined, tapes from the Table of Contents include, #1, 3, 5-8, 10, 17, 20-22, 24-25, 27-29,31, 33-35. Tapes included in the Scolozzi gift, but not listed on the Table of Contents include the following:
box 27

"Eucharist, Upanishad, and Gita", 1/18/89

box 27

"Eucharist in the Light of Modern Physics", [2 tapes] 1/18/89


Transcript in Box 26, File Folder 11
box 27

"Church and the Feminine" [2 tapes] 7/12/92

box 27

"The Church" 7/1992

box 27

"The Human Condition" [2 tapes] 7/26/92

box 27

"Contemplative Communities" 8/11/92


On Side B of 2nd tape above.

Series 9  Videotapes 1979-93

Physical Description: 17 videotapes

Series Scope and Content Summary

All the tapes are VHS, with sound and color. The tapes are located in the S.E. Corner, Library Basement Storage Room. Videotapes 1-14 are copied from videotapes held at the Osage Monastery, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and sent by Sr. Pascaline Coff, O.S.B. Videotape 15 is a gift from Fr. Douglas Conlan, Australia. Videotape 16 is a gift from Wayne Teasdale. Videotape 17 is a gift from Hugh Burroughs.

1. The Search for Spirituality; 1992, 55 min.; plus other TV programs, Bede Griffiths at 49. (49 min.) 1992


2. The History and Interpretation of the Bible; 1993, 40 min.; Saccidananda Ashram shortly before his death. 1993


3. A Human Search: Life of Father Bede Griffiths; 1993, 59 min.; 2 copies. (For complete interview transcripts, see the book A Human Search, Box 14.) 1993


4. Bede Griffiths Interview with Dora Kunz; August 25, 1983, 23 min.; Theosophical Society in America. 1983


5. Man's Religious Quest; 1976, 25 min.; CBS Interview. 1976


6. The Wisdom of a Prophet and A New Vision of Reality; May 1992. 136 min.; Talks and questions in Perth, Western Australia; 2 copies. 1992


7. Exploring the Christian-Hindu Dialogue: A Visit with Bede Griffiths and Russill Paul; 1992, 55 min.; Tara Arraj. 1992


8. Sadhana: The Path to Enlightenment; 1993, 80 min.; Docudrama about India and Hinduism: Bede Griffiths, Blairav Muni, Swami Shyam, Swami Premananda. 1993


9. Formation and Transformation from an Eastern Perspective; 1983, 60 min.; Final Summary, Kansas City. 1983


10. Space in the Heart of the Lotus; 1986, 60 min.; The life and 80th birthday of Bede Griffiths. Shantivanam, South India. 1986


11-12. Spiritual Renaissance Project: Interview with Sam Keen; December 8, 1990, ? min. [2 copies] 1990


13. Funeral of Bede Griffiths; May 13-15, 1993, ? min.; Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, South India. 1993


14. Discovering the Feminine; 1992, 32 min. 1992


15. Fr. Bede Griffiths in Australia; 1985, ? min.; Murdock University talk, Perth, W. Australia; A Mass in the Indian Rite celebrated and narrated by Bede Griffiths at Schidananda Ashram. [2 copies] 1985


Note:Copy 1, the original is on the Australian television frequency which does not play on American television or VCR; Copy 2 is the show copy, a duplicate made for American showing. (See also Box 11, and Audiotapes, Box 19.)

16. The Heart of the Christian-Hindu Dialogue: A Conversation with Wayne Teasdale; 1991, 84 min.; includes discussion of Bede Griffiths. 1991


Note: See videotape cover, Box 4 ff 25.

17. Mosaic: Father Bede Griffiths; March 6, 1996, 25 min.; KPIX TV, San Francisco television show interviewing Andrew Harvey. Includes exerpts from a 1991 interview with Fr. Bede, and Russill and Asha Paul. 1996