Raimon Panikkar


After more than half a century struggling to find my own identity just following the universal sapiential counsel of "knowing oneself", whereby the self is not just the individual, the new editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies has put to me the most difficult question to answer in words: "Where do I now stand?". Aware that there are no stupid questions but certainly silly answers, I take the risk of summarizing my perhaps too many writings on this topic in these few pages, as a tribute to the magnificent task of this Journal, which is a practical example that "splendid isolation" is no longer possible. The "Body of God", to use a South Indian expression, spreads everywhere -- as also most Christians would agree. Ultimately, all my writings are autobiographic -- not about myself, but trying to give voice to the self.

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