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What does it mean to be human?

Thought-provoking films featuring humanity’s spiritual search,
from ancient wisdom traditions to the latest neuroscience research.

Founded in 1996, Exploring Consciousness has screened movies mostly at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, but also countrywide in filmfests with Cinema Nouveau and other venues.

Themes are universal and include philosophy and spirituality, mysticism, health and healing, death and dying, psychology, relationships, ecology, ethical business, personal and global transformation. Material is sourced from all over the world, featuring leading spiritual teachers, scientists and physicists.

Exploring Consciousness also offers speakers who introduce films and thus anchor these universal challenges in books, videos, seminars and workshops.

Next Showing

A Human Search
The Life of Father Bede Griffiths

Directed by John Swindells. Inspiring archival material on this Christian yogi, both from the UK and India. 1993.

Dates to be Announced

Venue: The municipal auditorium, Hermanus

Running time: 60 minutes

Light refreshments served from 4pm. Ticket: R80 Booking essential with Webtickets or at PicknPay

This film will be introduced by John Scott, the well known journalist and satirist, 
in tandem with the launch of John’s latest book A Pilgrim in India – which will be for sale.

john scott
John Scott

John Scott is a renowned veteran journalist and former editor of the Cape Times. He still writes his satirical PS column, which now appears on Saturdays in Die Burger. He has just had his seventh book published, A Pilgrim in India, about his passionate relationship, both profound and profane, with India.

A Pilgrim in India – (the book)

A “defining event” in John’s lifelong interest in India and its holy men and women was his first six-week pilgrimage nearly 40 years ago. It left an indelible mark on him. He and his then wife Barbara traversed the length and breadth of the subcontinent in his quest to make connection with sages and saints such as Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna, and Neem Karoli Baba. He hiked through Himalayan forests, and climbed to the summit of the holiest mountain in South India. He was brought down to earth from his uplifting spiritual experience by farcical battles with bureaucracy, Kafkaesque encounters on interminable train and bus journeys, and a fall into a town sewer.

He quotes Father Bede Griffiths: “The Cosmic Christ moves in and through all the great religions of every age.” And he ends with “They have all helped to illumine my understanding of life, and my place in it.”

A Pilgrim in India

A Human Search
The Life of Father Bede Griffiths

Father Bede

“Barefooted and clothed in the colour of the sun” this Christian mystic exclaimed: In India all is sacred: earth, water, fire, air. 

An intimate portrait of one of the great mystics and thinkers of the 20th century. Born into the English middle class in 1906, educated in Oxford, having been a Benedictine monk and scholar for more than 20 years, he lived the last 37 years of his life in the lush jungles of Southern India where he developed a spiritual and scientific understanding that transcended all dogma.

Illustrated with archival images from his youth and service in the church in England, Father Bede talks frankly about how he was influenced by diverse thought leaders such as CS Lewis, DH Lawrence and Carl Jung.

It was only when he came across Hindu teachings and in a way, “discovered the other half of his soul”, that he fully blossomed as a mystic. Living as a Christian ascetic according to Hindu custom, he took on the Sanskrit name Swami Dayanand (Bliss of compassion).

He is a man in search of that which is fundamental to all religions: the search for the absolute and that which transcends all human limitations. He is a mystic in touch with absolute love and beauty. – Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster.

His vision has guided him to open the hearts and minds of mankind to gain understanding and acceptance of all the major religions with respect and dignity, to gain a sense of peace and unity to further the cause and good will of all people. – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Please visit the film’s website where you can purchase the DVD or download it: ahumansearch.com

Please view the trailer 

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