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Losing Our Way Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. --------------------------------------------------------- Arundhati Roy (Indian author, advocate, activist)

S INDIA: Shantivanam Ashram; Trichy; Kumily; Amritapuri Ashram; Kollam; Varkala; Kottayam; Cochin

We began our time in South India with a nine day retreat at Shantivanam Ashram where there is a long tradition of Benedictine Catholics seeking to further their Christian path by learning from the wisdom of India's historically deep traditions.  Most famous among them is the late English monk, Father Bede Griffiths.  Some of the intentional Christian-Hindu integration is external, such as the extreme poverty, here the monks wear robes resembling the clothing of India's centuries of Hindu holy men who shed material possessions so as not to obstruct them from their spiritual path.

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We began our time in South India with a nine day retreat at Shantivanam Ashram where there is a long tradition of Benedictine Catholics seeking to further their Christian path by learning from the wisdom of India's historically deep traditions. Most famous among them is the late English monk, Father Bede Griffiths. Some of the intentional Christian-Hindu integration is external, such as the extreme poverty, here the monks wear robes resembling the clothing of India's centuries of Hindu holy men who shed material possessions so as not to obstruct them from their spiritual path.

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Hi
Found your blog while searching around for some books by Bede Griffiths. I'm currently working in Papua New Guinea and loving it. I've been to India, loved it. I was enriched culturally and relationally, spiritually i wasn't ready for what it had to offer.(firmly planted in my evangelicalism) I believe i am now, after 10 years of spiritual growth and enlightenment, and am thinking of going back. Do you know much about the Shantivanam Ashram in terms of people from outside coming to study and meditate for any length of time. Do they allow it or are they set up for that kind of thing? Any info you had on the Ashram would be great. Thank you,

Zach

  zach jones Feb 7, 2011 8:59 AM

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