RUDOLF V. D'SOUZA, THE BHAGAVADGITA AND ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS. A Comparative Study of the Dynamism of Spiritual Growth in the Process of God-Realisation
The Church recalls that
«in religious traditions of non-Christians there exist "elements
which are true and good" (OT 16), "precious things, both religious
and human" (GS 92), "seeds of contemplation" (AG 18), "elements
of truth and grace" (AG 9), "seeds of the word" (AG 11,
15), and "rays of that Truth which enlightens all human beings"
(NA 2)» (Dialogue and Mission 26). Consequently, the Encyclical
of Pope John Paul II Redemptoris Missio and the Statement Dialogue
and Proclamation of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue
and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples have opened wide
avenues for interreligious dialogue all over the world.
The present study makes use of the comparative method incorporating historical, exegetical and critical analysis of the important texts and words of the Bhagavadgita and St. John of the Cross. In these two traditions the dynamism of spiritual growth in the process of God-Realisation is compared and contrasted through an exhaustive study on «God», «Man» and the «Ways». Both the traditions point to a progressive dynamism of spiritual growth towards God-experience, through purification, knowledge and union of love, in spite of the differences. The author suggests concrete points for an integration of the two traditions in view of an intense dialogue of theological exchange and dialogue of religious experience (Dialogue and Proclamation 42).
RUDOLF V. D'SOUZA, born in 1960 at Madanthyar
(Karnataka, India), joined the Discalced Carmelites and was ordained priest
in 1987, after his philosophical studies in Kerala University and ecclesiastical
studies in St. Joseph's Seminary, Mangalore. He has a Master's degree in
Sociology from the University of Karnataka, a diploma from the Centro
Internacional Teresiano-Sanjuanista (Avila, Spain), the Licentiate
in Spirituality from the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality, Teresianum
(Rome), and the Doctorate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian
University (Rome) with a summa cum laude.
(C) PUG 1999