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I was suddenly made aware of another world of beauty and mystery such as I had never imagined to exist, except in poetry. It was as though I had begun to see and smell and hear for the first time. The world appeared to me as Wordsworth describes with “the glory and freshness of a dream.” The sight of a wild rose growing on a hedge, the scent of lime-tree blossoms caught suddenly as I rode down a hill on a bicycle, came to me like visitations from another world. But it was not only my senses that were awakened. I experienced an overwhelming emotion in the presence of nature, especially at evening. It began to have a kind of sacramental character for me. I approached it with a sense of almost religious awe and , in a hush that comes before sunset, I felt again the presence of an almost unfathomable mystery. The song of the birds, the shape of the trees, the colors of the sunset, were so many signs of the presence, which seemed to be drawing me to itself.

Bede Griffiths

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The experiment lasted less than a year as one of the friends found the life too demanding. Griffiths noted a strong connection with the teachings of Scripture with the rhythm of the nature around them. New Delhi India: Intercultural Publications 2004.

Griffiths was a part of the Christian Ashram Movement. He has become a leading thinker in the development of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism.

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