Today, 13th.May, 2016 we commemorate the 23rd.death anniversary of our beloved Guruji Fr.Bede. His passion for Truth, his passion to build bridges has been a great opening of the door for thousands of people to go beyond the confines of belief systems and discover the liberating truth in the cave of our hearts. It is deeply touching to see how many people found solace in his vision.

As I was giving a talk in the Won Buddist centre, Philadelphia, a lady came to me after the talk, showed the book of Fr.Bede, 'the return to the centre' and told me 'this book has transformed my life. It brought me out of my spiritual crisis'. As I was giving a talk in New York city, a person who came to my talk, showed to all the participants, the book of Fr.Bede 'the Marriage of East and West' and said how it transformed his life'. As I was in another inter-religious meeting, two people spoke to me about the group that wants to continue the tradition of sannyasa in the tradition Fr.Bede. It shows how the seeds sown by Fr.Bede are bearing fruits.
Let us thank God for the gift of Fr.Bede and the witness he has given us. May we share the inspiration we have received wherever it is possible to make people free.

Br Martin


13th May 2015

It was 22 years ago that he left his mortal body but he lives in the ashram and with us through his spirit and continuously inspires.
We are all very grateful to his response to the call of God, to his sacrifice, to his dedication for the truth, for building bridges and being a peace maker.
Jesus said, 'Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God'. Fr.Bede and our founders, Jules Monchanin and Henri Le Saux for they worked hard to break down the walls of division and bring peace and unity in the world.
They inspired many people on their spiritual path and gave clear guidance to their lives.
We thank God for the gift of their lives.
What we are today is because of their sacrifice.
May they all continue to protect us and inspire us.

Br.Martin and the Community of Shantivanam

12th May 2015

The 'ground-breaking' work of reconciliation, brotherhood and foresight towards the advancement and enlightenment of humanity made by Fr Bede was unique and exceptional....we are all in his debt. He and the founders of Shantivanam have 'simply' changed and motivated lives! May they be blessed in the light of heaven, their place among the angels.

Peace and goodwill to all in Fr Bede's memory.
Om shanti,
Narahari naam.



Let us rejoice and give thanks for the great gift of God in Fr. Bede Griffiths on this day of his 20th anniversary of Mahasamadhi.  He has taught us so very much both by his writings, his teachings under the coconut trees and his Shantivanam ever present goodness and love.

We are deeply grateful to Tina Goodchild for gathering this listing and posting it in such as way that it can be shared by each other.  Many of those listed are now in different parts of the world but our hearts are united in the gifts and graces granted each while present at the Forest of Peace called Saccidananda. 
"Fr. Bede intercede!"  
sr.pascaline coff, osb (Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration)
(Tucson, USA)   

"Padre Bede é a minha inspiração no meu dia-dia tanto na oração como no lidar com as diferênças religiosas, culturais etc.. Pe Bede me fez reencontrar o Cristo oculto na tradição do Yoga e hinduismo, através dele eu retomei a minha prática religiosa católica sem deixar a espiritualidade do yoga, práticas ritualisticas e orações no estilo Hindu."

 ("Father Bede is my daily inspiration both in prayer and in dealing with religious and cultural differences  etc.  Fr Bede helped ​​me rediscover the hidden Christ in the tradition of Yoga and Hinduism. It was through him that I resumed my Catholic religious practice without leaving behind the spirituality of yoga, ritualistic practices and prayers in the Hindu style.")

Marcos T. Monteiro (Brasil)


"Through the gracious presence and ministry of Sr. Pascaline at the Osage Monastery in Oklahoma, I was introduced to the books, the tapes, and finally the person of Fr. Bede.  He remains a man ahead of his time, yet ever so timely for this world torn apart by religious strife.  In him we learn and experience how each of us, of whatever faith, are invited to open ourselves to the Divine mystery, which is where we find our union not only with a holy Presence but with one another.  In his person I encountered humility itself.  In his silent masses at the Monastery I learned the true sacredness of the eucharist.  I celebrate his life and ministry, in gratitude with all who work to keep our memory of him alive.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"  Greta Reed, (Decatur, Georgia, USA)


Dopo P. Le Saux, P. Bede è stato per me il maestro di meditazione, e di scelta nella vita di preghiera. Grazie a lui ho potuto pensare ad un ashram qui in Itala per poter dare  ospitalità a tanti che cercano un cammino di preghiera e di meditazione. Voglio ricordarlo soprattutto per avermi accompagnato con rispetto nel camino della mia ricerca spirituale ed avermi sostenuto nell’apertura dell’ashram che ora può offrire ospitalità a quanto lo desiderano
Tutte le sere nella preghiera uniti ricordiamo l’ashram di Shantivanam e i suo ospiti.
Dio ci benedica e ci accompagni.
Con affetto.

 “I knew Father Bede all my life and since his death he has been a constant source of inspiration for my work and my spiritual enquiry.  I feel that he planted a seed within me that is still growing and that one day will flower into something surprising.  I feel that his 20th death anniversary is an auspicious day for the whole of mankind” Adrian Rance-McGregor (UK)

"Since the time I met Fr. Bede in 1974, his life and teachings were a leading light on my spiritual path. His radiance of love, joy, humility, and sensibility gave me an insight into what religion and a spiritual life can be. He gave my experiences connected with different religious traditions a deeper meaning and the vision of a common goal: To dive into the unity with God, mankind and nature."

Andreas, (Germany)

 "yes, for me fr Bede is a saint. i never met him when he was alive in this earth. but i am experiencing his graceful presence in our ashram shantivanam, even after his death. i entered into the ashram community in 1996 but, fr Bede departed physically from the earth in 1993. so for me; he is not away from us but with us in the ashram and moving around inside the ashram."        fr John Robert OSB Cam.

"I feel that Fr Bede is still very much alive today in those whom he has touched and through his letters, articles and videos. He is a saint for today. Fr Bede has been and continues to be an inspiration in my life." Tina (South Africa)


"Fr Bede always inspires me in his writings, videos and tapes."   Nettie (South Africa)


It is tempting to exaggerate events surrounding the death of a beloved person, but there is no doubting three unusual things that happened over these months. The first was the way, during his dying and after his death, Bede appeared in the dreams of people close to him, helping them, even giving messages. The second was that, despite the heat and the humidity of May in Tamil Nadu, over the two days between his death and his burial, his body showed no signs of decay. Though the body was placed on ice and surrounded by fans, nevertheless this was considered at the least very unusual, at the most miraculous. Finally there was, during the funeral, a dramatic change in the climate. As the coffin was being lowered into the grave the sky suddenly darkened and a strong wind began to blow. The coconut trees swayed, everyone closed their eyes and lowered their heads as the dust was blown around them and the leaves and the flowers of the trees poured into the coffin, ‘As if the trees of the ashram were giving their last homage to the master of the house. The ancients have a saying, ‘When a great soul dies, the winds go wild, but however these things are interpreted, there is no doubt that those mourning the death of Father Bede had known a man of great holiness. They had seen love made manifest.” Beyond the Darkness: A Biography of Bede Griffiths – Shirley du Boulay page 264



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