Undoubtedly, the best commentary on the Fourth Gospel from an Indian
point of view.
The Hindu, Chennai
Superb in every way! It catches the tone and spirit of St John and this
Gospel's profound coherence with other traditions, particularly the Hindu
tradition in India and of course the Bhagavad-Gita.
Father Thomas Berry, author of The Universe Story
The reflections of Ravi Ravindra will stimulate the initiated as well as the
less informed readers. This book contributes; in a spirit of tolerance, to the
enrichment of religions.
Raimon Panikkar, author of The Hidden Christ of Hinduism
A landmark in interfaith dialogue.
Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
Dazzlingly brilliant spiritual and cross-cultural study of the most
mystical of the books of the Bible, the Gospel of John. Few will finish this
book unchanged, either intellectually or spiritually.
He was a member of the Institute of
Advanced Study in Princeton in 1977,
and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of
Advanced Study, Simla, in 1978 and in
1998. He was the founding director of
the Threshold Award for Integrative
Knowledge and Chair of its international
and inter-disciplinary selection commit-
tees in 1979 and 1980.
Dr Ravindra lives in Canada and travels
throughout the world interacting with
spiritual seekers. He is Professor Emeritus
at Dalhousie University where he retired
as Professor and Chair of Comparative
Religion. Professor of International
Development Studies and uncut
Professor of Physics.
The emerging spirituality in our global village requires a
confluence of many perspectives. If the ancient texts are going
to have contemporary relevance, their trans-cultural significance needs to be discovered. Different traditions have
developed in different regions - near the river Ganga or the
river Jordan. However, a view from an aero plane reveals
different aspects of our planet than does one from a camel by
the Jordan or from a bullock cart by the Ganga.
This book does not attempt to explain or to argue for
Christianity; rather it is a song of praise for the beauty, truth
and goodness I glimpse in John's Gospel. Arising out of my
respect and love for this sacred text, my commentary on it is
a way of expressing my appreciation for the wisdom and grace
of the transformational teaching of the Christ.
It is gratifying to acknowledge the reception given to the
first edition of The Yoga of the Christ. * It was widely reviewed,
and I continue to receive letters from complete strangers as
well as from friends, from scholars and non-scholars, who
have been very moved and helped by my reflections. I have
myself continued to ponder and take delight in the marvelous
wisdom of the Gospel. It is more wonderful than I have
succeeded in conveying. I am rewarded if this book helps
some people to read or reread it with more attention and love.
Many readers, Christians and non-Christians alike, have
found the book to be a fresh and a profound look at John's
Gospel, a great classic of universal spirituality. While they
found many ideas and interpretations challenging, they have
felt assisted by it in their search for inner transformation.
numerous changes have been made in this revised edition.
The language of the book has been made gender-inclusive,
except in some cases, such as in the expression 'the hollow
men', owing to literary usage. However, the intention through-
out the book is to be inclusive, not only in terms of gender but
also with respect to religious and cultural traditions.
In our contemporary pluralistic world, where a cross-
cultural communication has increasingly become a matter of
necessity for global survival, a new consciousness is emerging.
One of the major features of this new consciousness is a
non-sectarian spirituality. A universal spirituality is at the very
root of all traditions, but it is continually lost in theological
exclusivist, or in scholastic partiality, or in evangelical en-
thesis, and it needs to be rediscovered and restated anew
again and again. Anybody who would approach a major work
of a religious tradition with a global perspective, and with an
effort to discover the universal truths in it, will aid the
development of the new consciousness in the right direction.
Since I was brought up in India, my psyche is naturally
Indian in its early formation, without my being able to say
exactly what that means in the present context. When I read
the Gospel According to St John, I am struck by many similarities with the Indian traditions, and, of course, by many
differences. But that is not the focus of the present book; here
I am more interested in discovering the heart of the Gospel
to the extent that it will reveal itself to me. In trying to
understand the Gospel, here and there I have found some
Indian texts specifically helpful in bringing a new way of
looking at a metaphor or in enlarging the appreciation of
something that has been understood. I am persuaded that
the major division in the human psyche is not horizontal or
regional, dividing the Eastern from the Western soul; but that
it is vertical and global, separating the few from the many,
and the spiritual, inner and symbolical way of understanding
from the material, outer and literal one - culturally as well
as in each human soul. Still, even though no individual is
completely determined by his cultural background, it is a
relevant fact that my whole vision has been shaped to some
extent by the Indian culture.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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