You must be ready to give up everything, not only material attachments but also human attachments – father, mother, wife, children – everything that you have. But the one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self.
Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.
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|Birth:||17th December, 1906|
|Death:||13th May, 1993|
Alan Richard Griffiths and also known by the end of his life as Swami Dayananda, was a British-born Benedictine monk who lived in ashrams in South India and became a noted yogi. He has become a leading thinker in the development of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism. He excelled in his studies and earned a scholarship to the University of Oxford, where, in 1925, he began his studies in English literature and philosophy at Magdalen College. Griffiths graduated from Oxford in 1929 with a degree in journalism. Later, in 1968, Giffiths moved to the Saccidananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, South India. Griffiths resumed his studies of Indian thought, trying to relate it to Christian theology. At this point, he became known as "Swami Dayananda". He wrote 12 books on Hindu-Christian dialogue.
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