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Bede Griffiths introduces chant. Group (women and men) chanting.

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And we're going to celebrate a Eucharistic rite which has been approved by the bishops for India, and it's based on the Roman rite, but it introduces various elements of Indian tradition. And before we actually begin the Mass, we chant the Gayatri Mantra, the sacred mantra in the Vedas, meaning, as you have it on your paper, let us meditate on the glorious splendour of that divine light which will illuminate our meditation. And then we sing the hymn, Vande Satchitanandam, a hymn to the Trinity under the name of Satchitananda, in knowledge, bliss, the name for the Godhead, was composed by a great Hindu convert of the last century, Brahmabandhan Padhyaya, who was a friend of Vivekananda by Vindhamath Tagore, became a Catholic and composed some beautiful hymns in Sanskrit. So we chant that hymn after the Gayatri Mantra. Aum.


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It's a dialogue between Arjuna, who represents all of us, afraid of what his life asks of him, and the Holy One manifesting as Krishna, to encourage him. So, Krishna is the God manifested, and Arjuna is all of us who are afraid. Arjuna says, What power is it, Krishna, that drives man to act sinfully, even unwillingly, as if powerlessly? And Krishna says to him, It is greedy desire and anger, born of passion, the great evil,


that sum of destruction. This is the enemy of the soul, which makes it all clouded by disordered desire, as fire is by smoke, as a mirror by dust, as an unborn baby by its covering. Wisdom is then clouded by disordered desire. The ever-present enemy of the wise, desire in all its innumerable forms, which, like a fire, cannot find satisfaction. Disordered desire has found a place in man's senses and mind and reason.


Through these, it binds the soul, after having overclouded the wisdom within. So, set thou therefore thy senses in harmony, and then slay thou sinful, disordered desire, the destroyer of vision and of the wisdom within. They say that the power of the senses is great, but greater than the senses is the mind, the


bodhi, intuition, and greater than the reason, greater than the bodhi, greater than the intuitive insight beyond the rational mind, is the Great One, the Spirit, in our humankind and in all. Know therefore that Great One, the Spirit, who is above the mind and deeper than the bodhi, the intuitive insight, and let the peace of that One, the Spirit, give thee peace. So be a warrior, and kill disordered desire, the powerful enemy of the soul.


We pass now from the Cosmic Revelation to the Christian Revelation, God's Revelation of Jesus Christ, and we begin this Eucharist, in which the mystery of redemption is celebrated, and the redemption in Christ extends to the whole creation. The whole creation has fallen away from God, has been redeemed, and the whole of humanity, we ourselves have fallen away from God, fallen away from that state of wisdom, of love, and we are situated as we are now in this world of sin, of conflict, and we open ourselves to this redemptive grace which is offered us all, the redemptive power of God in the Holy Spirit. So we seek in this Eucharist to realize the mystery of redemption taking place in the whole creation and in the whole of humanity. We represent creation, we represent humanity, and we ask that this saving grace, this power


of redemptive love may enter our lives, transform us, and enable us to carry that mystery out in our lives into the world. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit. The Gospel today tells the story of the prodigal son, and the father has always interpreted that the prodigal son is humanity. Humanity has gone out from its father's home and is wandering, lost, and it's called back and the father receives him back into his home. So we try to recognize ourselves in that sinful humanity which has fallen from grace, fallen from the mystery of love, joy of salvation, and is suffering in this world, all the conflicts which we know, conflicts of humanity throughout the world, and we ask that we may be set free


from that power of sin, which I don't know if I need to mention, that passionate desire, that egoism which hides the truth from us and prevents us opening ourselves to the grace of God. Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God's kingdom. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. You will come in glory with salvation for your people. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen. Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God the Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,


we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, early Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father. Receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Most High, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Let us pray. Almighty God, our Creator and Guide, look down upon your people in their moments of need, for you alone are the source of our peace. Bring to us the dignity which distinguishes the poor in spirit, and show us how great is the call to serve, that we may share in the peace of Christ, who offered his life


in the service of all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. A reading from the Book of Exodus. The Lord said to Moses, Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a mortal cup, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And the Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people.


Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them, and I may consume them. But of you I will make a great nation. But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, why dost thou, if thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


And now I chant the verses from the Upanishads. From the unreal, we go to the real. From darkness, we go to light. From death, we go to immortality. From darkness, we go to light. From darkness, we go to immortality.


The reading of the First Letter of Paul to Timothy. Christ came to save sinners. I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithfully, and I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, by appointing me to his service, though formerly I blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him, but I receive mercy because I have acted faithfully in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the foremost of sinners, but I receive mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who are to believe in him for eternal life.


To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, the honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. This is the Word. Thanks be to God. We now chant the words Om Namah Kristaya, Om is the sacred word, and Amen is the word of affirmation, truth, and Namaha means worship, adoration, prostration. Om Namah Kristaya.


Om Namah Kristaya. [...] The Lord be with you. And also with you. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. Glory to you, Lord.


The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus, and the Pharisees of the scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them. So he told them this parable. What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which he has lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. Just so I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.


Just so I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. And he said, There was a man who had two sons, and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of property that falls to me. And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had, and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property and loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger. I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.


Treat me as one of your hired servants. And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet, and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry. For this my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found. And they began to make merry. Now his eldest son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and sound. But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and treated him.


But he answered his father, No, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command. Yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came who was devoid of living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf. He said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad. For this your brother was dead and is alive. He was lost and is found. This is the Gospel of the Lord. In all these readings we come on this great mystery of sin which enters into every human life. We are born in sin. We are born in a state of disorder. Maitre spoke of this disorder of the senses and of the mind. It affects the whole human personality. And it comes from our fall from that transcendent state of unity with God.


There is a transcendent state of unity which mystics and others get a glimpse of. And we've all fallen from that, and we're now exposed to all the forces of this world, forces of passion and desire, and all the forces of the unconscious which invade our lives altogether. And so we're all in the midst of that mystery of sin. And one way of understanding it is that we always make substitutes for God. We're all being drawn back to that unity, to God, to the truth. And we can't face that truth, and so we make substitutes and an idol. It's one of these substitutes for truth. And in the first reading from Exodus, you see Moses goes up into the mount. He has this wonderful experience of God. He goes up into the cloud and the darkness of this tremendous venture of faith, and he has this overwhelming experience of God in the fire and the cloud of Mount Sinai. And then he comes down and he sees all these people.


They've made a golden calf, and they're all worshipping that. They've made a substitute, you see. And we all make these substitutes, power and money and wealth and whatnot. We make all these substitutes, and they prevent us opening ourselves to this gift of God. And then it's very interesting that the Lord wants to destroy these people. He gets very angry with them. And Moses pleads with him. And these are two aspects. When you sin and when you feel yourself in a miserable state, you often feel a sense of guilt and that you're going to be punished for it. And for many people, that is a terrible experience. And the Old Testament has a great deal of that, this punishment for sin. But it's very revealing here, you see, that Moses turns the mind of the Lord. He pleads for that people and reminds him that he's made these great promises to them. And I think in all those situations, we have to remember there is a sense of guilt. And it can help us to some extent. It's a turning point very often.


But you've got to get beyond the sense of guilt and of punishment and realize that the love of God is what is really drawing you, and the love of God is what causes you this pain because you're resisting it. You're not answering its demands. And then in the reading from St. Paul, it's very interesting that St. Paul feels himself the greatest of sinners because he persecuted Christ. And I think that stands for the other great idol that we make an idol of ourselves. We can make idols of all the world things around us. The worst idol is when we make an idol of ourselves. And when we begin to persecute others, we get this kind of mania that we are right and others are wrong, then we have this idolatry of the ego. And clearly St. Paul is in that. And I think all religious fanatics, when they want to persecute others, they're always being held by the ego. They're in the grasp of it. And that is the essence of sin, this falling upon ourselves, the ego, the individual self,


and losing the mystery of God and his grace which is being offered us. And then of course when we come to the New Testament, the parable, it's really marvelous how the whole thing has been transformed. It's the... Jesus is accused of associating with publicans and sinners and the Pharisees and the righteous people condemning him. And he takes the part of the sinners and says how God loves the sinner and is calling the sinner all the time. And it's often true, as we all know, that when you're well set up in life, you're getting on well, you're respected by everybody, things are going well, you get quite a bit impervious to the deeper things in life. You get... You're in that state of idolatry really. And when you get some disaster comes, some great failure, some weakness, maybe this is a disease, but whatever, that is often the turning point. When that comes, then you begin to recognize that you've made an idol of these things,


you begin to awake to the grace of God. And so Jesus... Well, he gives us two beautiful parables of the woman who'd lost the coin and the... It's the other one, the... In that way, a man who'd lost a sheep out of the hundred. And how God cares for each one. And I think that's so extremely important. When we're in misery and depression and so on, we think we're forgotten, nobody cares. When we realize that it is infinite care, and especially when we're in that state, God has this infinite care for us. And then with the prodigal son, you see, he realizes his misery, he's gone and made a mess of his life like that, and he realizes it and he comes back and he's really repentant and says, Father, I've sinned against heaven and before you, I'm not worthy to be called your son. And the father waves it all aside. He simply puts a robe on him and kisses him and kills the fatted calf and gives this great


rejoicing. And that is the mystery of grace, you see, the series of reality of all our lives and it's something we're all involved. But the moment we turn, the moment we're open, this transformation takes place. It's a negative force that can hold us down for a time. At the moment, something positive enters, a new creative energy. Then we're open and transformation can take place. And so this whole thing changes totally for that son. And then the elder brother, of course, is very interesting. You see, he is a person who's like the Pharisees, a person who's well set up in his own esteem and he's been doing well in everything. He's never disobeyed a command. He's a good person. But he's closed in on himself, you see, and he can't see that there's no compassion for his brother or for sinners as well. And so he gets angry because his brother has been received back. So there's this tremendous message, isn't there, for us all in this.


I mean, we're all involved in this mystery of sin, this fall into our present state where we're subject to all the forces of conflict in the conscious and the unconscious and the whole world and the whole humanity is involved in this. And yet at the same time, in the midst of it all, there is this mysterious power which is able to totally transform. And the deeper one's depression, the more one is involved, the greater can be the transformation and it's sheer love, it's sheer grace, it's sheer goodness which comes to us and transforms us. So it's asked that we may realize a little more of the mystery of sin and only through that do we realize this infinite mystery of grace and wonder what God's love is. Let's say the creed together.


We believe in one God, the Father of the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, above all that is living and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally God and the Father. God from God, life from life, true God from true God. We believe in one being, one being, the Father, through whom all things are made. For our sins and for our salvation, he came down from heaven. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our Savior, who was crucified, was crucified. He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.


He will come again, Lord, to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Catholic, non-stoic Church. We acknowledge homo-atheism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. We begin now the offertory. And we make a fourth offering at the offertory. First of all, offering of water to glorify the altar, to glorify the people. Then the priest takes a sip of water to glorify himself within.


Then we offer the fruits of the earth, the bread and the wine, and the work of creation. And then we take incense and wave the incense over the gifts. And then we take fire, wave the fire, sign of offering of fire. So that the four elements, the creation is offered. It's a cosmic sacrifice. Christ assumes the whole creation and offers it in and through himself to the Father. So we join in this cosmic sacrifice. Amen. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer,


which earth has given and who in hands it laid will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God forever. By this mystery of water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and the work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God forever. Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer you, with humble and contrite hearts. Now offer eight flowers. And the symbolism here is the flowers represent the eight directions of space. And the sacrifice is always offered at the center of the universe. We relate ourselves to the whole cosmos, the whole creation, and the sacrifice is offered at the center.


And we make eight invocations, which you'll find on this paper. Om Nishaya Sat Purushayah Namaha


Om Nishaya Sat Purushayah Namaha Om Nishaya Yath Nirupaya Namaha. Om Nishaya Yath Nirupaya Namaha. Om Nishaya Jyotisham Jyotishe Namaha. Om Nishaya Jyotisham Jyotishe Namaha. Om Nishaya Kanyasudaya Namaha. Om Nishaya Kanyasudaya Namaha. Om Nishaya. Om Nishaya Kanyasudaya Namaha.


Om Nishaya Kanyasudaya Namaha. Om Nishaya Kanyasudaya Namaha. Lord, hear the prayers of your people and receive our gifts. May the worship of each one here bring salvation to all. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right that we should give you thanks and praise. Father in heaven, it is right that we should give you thanks and glory. You alone are God, living and true. Through all eternity you live in unapproachable light. Source of life and goodness, you have created all things to fill your creatures with every blessing and lead all men to the joyful vision of your light. Countless hosts of angels stand before you to do your will.


They look upon your splendor and praise you night and day. United with them and in the name of every creature under heaven, we, too, praise your glory as we sing. SORGE MAHI MADIKA TATIRI SORGE MAHI MADIKA TATIRI STUDITA VAGATI PRATIBHI SARI STUDITA VAGATI PRATIBHI SARI JAIYA JAIYA JAIYA PRABHU JAIYA LOTERI


JAIYA JAIYA JAIYA PRABHU JAIYA LOTERI You formed man in your own likeness and sent him over the whole world to serve you, his creator, and to rule over all creatures. Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship, you did not abandon him to the power of death, but helped all men to seek and find him. Again and again you offered a covenant to man and through the prophets taught him to hope for salvation. Father, you so loved the world that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. He was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, a man like us in all things but sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation, to prisoners freedom and to those in sorrow joy. In fulfillment of your will he gave himself up to death,


but by rising from the dead he destroyed death and restored life. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him, he sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father, as his first gift to those who need him to complete his work on earth and bring us the fullness of grace. Father, may this Holy Spirit sanctify these all things. Let them become the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord as we celebrate the great mystery with which he left us as an everlasting covenant. You always loved those who were his own in the world when the time came for him to be glorified by you, his Heavenly Father, he showed the depths of his love. While they were at supper he took bread. He said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying, Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you.


In the same way he took the cup filled with wine. He gave him thanks. Giving the cup to his disciples he said, Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shared for you and for all with the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of him. Let us proclaim the mystery of faith. Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again. Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. We recall Christ's death, his descent among the dead, his resurrection and his ascension to your right hand. And looking forward to his coming in glory,


we offer you his body and blood, the acceptable sacrifice which brings salvation to the whole world. Lord, look upon this sacrifice which we have given to your church and by your Holy Spirit gather all who share this bread and wine into the one body of Christ, a living sacrifice, praise. Lord, remember those for whom we offer this sacrifice, especially John, Paul, our Pope, our Bishop, and Bishops and Clergy everywhere. Remember those who take part in this offering, those who are present, and all your people, and all who seek you with a sincere heart. Remember those who have died in the peace of Christ and all the dead whose faith is known to you alone. Father, in your mercy grant also to us, your children, to enter into our heavenly inheritance in the company of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and your Apostles and Saints. Then in your kingdom, freed from the corruption of sin and death,


we shall sing your glory with every creature through Christ our Lord, through whom you give us everything that is good. Through Christ our Lord. In the unity of the Holy Spirit. All glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever. Let us now play together with confidence to the Father and the words I say in remembrance. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses


as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power, the glory are yours now and forever. Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live forever and ever. Amen. The peace of the Lord be with you always and also with you. Let us offer each other the sign of peace. In India we make the sign by joining the hands together and bowing.


Hail, Lord God, who take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Amen. According to the teaching of the Vatican Council


which we follow today, the Eucharist is a sign of the unity of Christians with one another. It's also the sign of the desire for unity. So all those who feel a real desire for this unity in Christ, which the Eucharist represents, are welcome to come to the Communion. This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are we who are called to his supper. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed. The Lord be with us. Amen. Amen.


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Amen. Amen. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The same bhajan will be repeated, but I invite you all to repeat after me, in one's voice. I repeat rather wrongly printed, sorry. So, Ishwara, Ishwara, Ishwara, three times. I chant first, so you repeat. Then, Ishwara, Dayajana. Ishwara, Rupadhara. Ishwara, Prabhuvara. Lord of Compassionate. Lord of Calm. Lord of Action. This is the meaning of that. Ishwara, Ishwara, Ishwara.


♪ [...] Nithyanandeshwara Samaarambhaam Nithyanandeshwari Madhyamaam


Nithyanandeshwari Madhyamaam [...] In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen. This is the prayer of Thanksgiving at the end of this Eucharist, and as you know, Eucharist


itself is a Thanksgiving. It's a day that we all want to become more deeply aware of this tremendous grace of God that's in our lives. We see so much sin and suffering in the world, so much conflict, danger, the Holocaust, and all kinds of things, and in that faith that there's something beyond all of that, something of love is offering itself to us, and we're going to make that offering ourselves today. Lord, may the Eucharist you have given us influence our thoughts and actions. May your Spirit guide and direct us in all of them. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen. The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. I thank you, Savior.


Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu. [...]


Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu. [...]


Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu. Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu. Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu. Yeshu, Yeshu, Yeshu, Jeje Namu.