Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Cosmic Dedication

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things." ............ Philippians 4:8

"Beauty, the eternal Spouse of the Wisdom of God and Angel of his Presence thru' all creation, fashioning her love-realm in the mind of man, attempeth every mortal child with influences of her divine supremacy." ..............Robert Bridges, The Testament of Beauty (1929), Book IV

Today is the second death anniversary of my friend and philosopher, a man of deep spirituality, Fr. R.V. Mathias. A man who was beyond caste and creed and who camouflaged all his talents very deceptively. A scholar who studied  under Jean Paul Sartre at Sorbonne, Paris, a man who was in the forefront of the Polish solidarity movement along with Polish president and the movement leader Lech Walesa, a musical genius and above all a beautiful person of deep spirituality.

I chose to write on cosmic dimension of spirituality today as this was close to his heart, precisely in the manner of what St. Paul writes to the Philippians. He saw beauty in truth irrespective of where it was manifest, he stood for justice at the expense of gaining power within the Church hierarchy and he was always forthcoming in praise where it was due.

There are many dimensions in his life of 73 years which we need to emulate. He was fascinated with science and especially cosmology. Though he had no grounding in science his enthusiasm for scientific knowledge and how it can be related to spirituality was contagious.

He presented me with a book in 2008, "Jesus Today - A Spirituality of Radical Freedom" by Albert Nolan (who is also well known for his book "Jesus Before Christianity") and wrote these lines in the inner cover page: "My dear Raja, Here is a book that reinforces our concepts and convictions on Spirituality, the need of the hour, With love, Mathias Annan (annan means brother)"

Albert Nolan is a Dominican priest from South Africa who writes, ‘My aim is to look … at what Jesus might mean to you and me and our contemporaries in the twenty-first century. This is a book about spirituality, Jesus’ own spirituality, which I have chosen to call a spirituality of radical freedom’.

Jesus' whole life was an expression of this unconditional love. We saw how he reached out to all the individuals he met, whether they were rulers or beggars, saints or sinners. Every individual person is lovable, no matter how hypocritical he or she might be. Genuine love is always unconditional. This is book which celebrates the mysticism of Nolan's spirituality and shows how it leads to unity with God, ourselves, others, and the universe.

In many of his sermons, the most common words that Fr. Mathias used was "unconditional love" which is exhibited in the universe today. All matter is governed by attraction and there are no conditional attributes attached, both to the body being attracted or that which attracts, but one fundamental universal law which operates both at the scales of the Macrocosm and the Microcosm.

May all of us who respect his memory and those who come to know him through me, move towards a spiritual life lived through a cosmic dimension.

Love to you all


  1. A right tribute to the great person!
    We used to enjoy the morning yoga and meditation session whenever he was with us where every one was to himself without interfering or instructing the other.
    Any suggestion may come as a sharing at a different context.
    The very thought of him fills one with great affection and satisfaction!

  2. The highlight of 'unconditional love' really attracts me to get enriched in that fundamental to be a man of unconditional love...

  3. The highlight of 'unconditional love' really attracts me to get enriched in that fundamental to be a man of unconditional love...

  4. Thank you, EMPTY for your sharing.
    Yes, the morning sessions were silent enjoyment which was always followed by deep inquiry.

  5. The French and Polish dimensions of Fr. Mathias are not known to me so far. I think we shall keep learning newer dimensions of this great man throughout our lives.Christy.