By Harry Oldmeadow
This e-book presents a biographical account of the impressive Benedictine monk, Henri Le Saux (1910-1973), who spent the final two-and-a-half a long time of his existence in India the place he immersed himself in Hindu spirituality. It lines the critical subject matters of his prolific writings on non secular and mystical subject matters.
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Additional info for A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)
This translation from Panikkar, 438—a better translation than the one in D 180. 55. 1960, 132. 56. 1957, 204. 57. For a detailed account of Abhishiktananda’s inner travail during this period, see du Boulay, chs. 9, 11. 58. 1970 letter quoted in Baumer-D, 314. 59. 71, 331-2. ”) 60. B. Bäumer, “Swami Abhishiktananda,” website (italics mine). 61. Abhishiktananda uses this image in reference to his former life. 55, 118. 62. 66, 182. 63. Quoted in S. Visvanathan, An Ethnography of Mysticism, 72. 64.
After Abhishiktananda’s passing Mrs Stokes wrote a small recollection for a memorial volume which eventually found its way, in truncated form, into James Stuart’s biography. There are no metaphysical flights in the piece, no theological ruminations, no weighing up of Abhishiktananda’s significance—rather, some deeply affectionate memories of the person himself. From a few excerpts we can catch some further glimpses of Abhishiktananda’s personality: Fifteen years of correspondence create both friendship and an image, but the living image was slightly different, more subtle, more shaded, harsher, more imperative.
In the same letter he writes, The Himalayas are splendid, and Arunachala is greater still; yet what can be compared to the sea of my Emerald Coast. . All this belongs to the depth of my being. 2 In his now well-known “Letter” Raimon Panikkar wrote: You were one of the most authentic “Western” spirits ever to expose himself to the genuine “Indian” experience. You had a truly Western character and a profound Western formation. Only a man equipped 33 A Christian Pilgrim in India with all the traditional Western resources could have done what you did.
A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) by Harry Oldmeadow