A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami by Harry Oldmeadow

By Harry Oldmeadow

This publication offers a biographical account of the striking Benedictine monk, Henri Le Saux (1910-1973), who spent the final two-and-a-half many years of his lifestyles in India the place he immersed himself in Hindu spirituality. It lines the principal topics of his prolific writings on spiritual and mystical subject matters.

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4 Throughout his life he retained close ties not only to his family but with the Abbey where he had spent his formative years and where he had drunk deeply from the well-springs of the JudeoChristian tradition, particularly the Patristic and mystical literature. Joseph Lemarié, who entered Kergonan in 1935, was to remain a close friend and correspondent. 5 Whilst it is true that the “call to India” was impelled partly by a “deep dissatisfaction”6 with various aspects of monastery life in France it would be a grave error to suppose that Abhishiktananda’s immersion in Hindu spirituality was, even at the unconscious level, an attempt to “escape” from or to abandon his Christian faith.

P. Coff, “Abhishiktananda,” 2. For another translation of this passage and some commentary by Abhishiktananda, see Swami Parama Arubi Anandam, 98-99. 6. L 7. 7. 67, 12. 8. 47, 15. 9. 73, 312. 10. 47, in EL 11. 11. As well as supporting the radical experiment proposed by Monchanin and Le Saux, the Bishop made many decisions which, in the context of the times, were courageous and controversial—permitting these priests to don the garb of the Hindu sannyāsī, for instance, or encouraging their visits to Ramana Maharshi’s ashram.

Mental restlessness without end and without issue. . 11 In recalling Abhishiktananda’s reading let us also not forget his own heartfelt observation that No religious man indeed wants to develop and feed his mind simply for the mind’s sake alone. As the ancient authors put it, there is no knowledge which should not pass into love. 12 Fr Jules Monchanin In the last chapter mention was made of the personality, the work, and the influence of Fr Jules Monchanin, particularly as the co-founder of Shantivanam.

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