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Merton's Correspondence with:

Swami Yogeshananda; Griggs, Philip L.; Philip L. Griggs; Philip Griggs

Yogeshananda, Swami (formerly Philip L. Griggs)  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965, 1971
Volume: 8 item(s); 16 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton had written a preface to Dom Denys Rutledge's book, In Search of a Yogi. Philip Griggs disagreed with Rutledge's presupposition of the superiority of Christianity to other faiths. Merton explains that the wrote the book as a favor to his editor and publisher; however, that he does not agree with all of Rutledge's points either. Merton writes quite a long reply expressing the value he saw in Hindu writings.

Biography

Philip Griggs writes to Merton from Carmichael, California. He later joined the Ramakrishna Vedanta Center in London, England. Between his correspondence in 1965 and 1971, he had taken the name Swami Yogeshananda. He is now the director of the Vedanta Center of Atlanta.

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Related Information and Links

See one published letter from Merton to Philip Griggs (Swami Yogeshanda) in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 338-340.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1965/06/17 TALS to Merton A book entitled In Search of a Yogi, to which you have written a Preface, has recently come «detailed view»
2. 1965/06/22 (#01) TALS from Merton Your long and interesting letter puts me, I am afraid, in a rather delicate position. «detailed view»
3. 1965/06/22 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Your long and interesting letter puts me, I am afraid, in a rather delicate position. [2 identical carbon copies] «detailed view»
4. 1965/07/01 TLS to Merton I am most grateful for your very cordial reply to my long letter. I suspected that your «detailed view»
5. 1971/04/10 TLS[x] to Center from Yogeshananda, Swami In reply to your circular letter concerning the correspondence of the late Thomas Merton, I wish «detailed view»
6. 1971/04/27 TL[x] from Center to Yogeshananda, Swami Thank you for your letter of April 10. Fr. Pooler has asked me to reply to your letter since I am «detailed view»
7. 1971/05/21 TLS[x] to Center from Yogeshananda, Swami Many thanks for your letter of Apr. 27 with its clarifications. In compliance with your request, «detailed view»
8. 1971/06/21 TL[x] from Center to Yogeshananda, Swami Thank you for your letter of May 21. Please accept my apology for being so long in answering your «detailed view»

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