Father Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) was one of the greatest mystics and thinkers of the twentieth-century. He was educated at Oxford and became a Benedictine monk and scholar. Griffiths was close friends with C. S. Lewis. His interest in Eastern religion and philosophy was ignited as a young man after reading several well known Eastern texts: The Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, and The Dhammapada. For the last 37 years of his life, Father Griffiths lived and worked in Southern India, where he developed a spiritual understanding that transcended all religious dogma.