One Great Mystic Speaks of Another

Here is a video worth watching: an interview from 2007 in which Raimon Panikkar speaks about his knowledge of, and friendship with, the great Benedictine contemplative, Abhishiktananda. Panikkar was 88 years old when this video was filmed, and it's a bit difficult to watch because his breathing was labored. But his mind was as sharp as a tack. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Monotheism believes that in the end all shall be well and all riddles will be solved. For this we need that patience or tolerance which will save our lives. Agnosticism lacks such endurance and is concerned with our concrete situation without eschatological promises (hallucinations or mirages). God may know all, but we are not God and certainly do not know all, not even in the most elementary things. We have to confess ourselves a-gnostics because we do not have the divine gnosis, the knowledge … [Read more...]

“If you be, you be, and that’s it!”

"The spirit without matter is nothing, matter without the spirit kills, and pure science without love is a game..."Thanks to James Ford for posting to his Monkey Mind blog this charming interview with Raimon Panikkar filmed in Copenhagen in 1996. What a gorgeous and vibrant man. Watch this and then see if you think that Christianity has no more mystics. I especially like his bit of Auntie Mame philosophy, at about the 4:52 marker. Consider the overall dynamic: the young woman starts out trying … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The meaning of language has been said to reside in its use—but on whose part? Naturally, on the part of the one who knows how to impose himself, that is, on the part of power. The language of the strong has become a weapon. A Christian discourse should be conscious of this use (abuse) by those who hold power. — Raimon Panikkar, Christophany: The Fullness of Man … [Read more...]

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A philosophy without theology is irrelevant, and a theology without philosophy is a more or less superstitious credulity. — Raimon Panikkar, Christophany: The Fullness of Man … [Read more...]


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