Panikkar. The Man and His Thought
“I left as a Christian, discovered that I was a Hindu and returned as a Buddhist without ever having ceased being a Christian”.
“In the life of Panikkar is condensed the theology of the future”.
“This book restores the authentic role of Raimon Panikkar as we have known and loved him”.
Carlo and Rita Brutti
To be immersed in the biography of Raimon Panikkar (1918-2010) is like opening a window on what will be the lives of men of the future. Born in Barcelona of a Catalan mother and Hindu father, Panikkar has been a chemist, philosopher, theologian, Opus Dei numerary, Catholic priest, university professor, husband, writer, but also a friend, master and much more.
Dressed as a European or in sandals and dhoti, in Bonn, Rome, Varanasi, Santa Barbara or Tavertet, this man has penetrated the wisdom of diverse cultures and religions and knew how to cast new light on Christian and Western traditions
Panikkar’s role today belongs to legend, partly nourished by himself, partly “enlarged reinforced and spread by all who have known him”. Bielawski recaptures it with devotion and respect, attempts to distill the man from the ‘myth’ by relating his life and presenting his thought. In this voyage we find daring theories, such as cosmotheandric or advaitic visions, and valued reflections on sacred secularity, on Buddhism and on radical trinity.
Step by step, the apparently erratic path of the philosopher from Tavertet reveals a profound coherence, since his universal openness, cosmic faith, passion for Christ and a courageous quest for freedom blaze a clear trail. Biekawski identifies the meaning of this unique path and zealously guides us through Panikkar’s ‘labyrinth’.