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

By Harry Oldmeadow

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

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Modern Hindu writers are represented by Aurobindo, Gandhi, Radhakrishnan, Ramana, Ramdas, and Sivananda whilst traditional Western writers include Plato, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Eckhart, St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila, Rhenish mystics such as Tauler and Ruysbroeck, Pascal and Thomas Merton, as well as The Cloud of Unknowing and The Way of a Pilgrim. Modern philosophers and Indologists in the collection include Barth, Bultmann, Henri de Lubac, Eliade, Gilson, Heidegger, Jaspers, Kierkegaard, Louis Renou, Rudolf Otto, Simone Weil, and Heinrich Zimmer.

27 A Christian Pilgrim in India The bazaar fascinated him with its handicrafts, and he gravely gave advice on my purchases. And then we made our way to Rishikesh, to Sivananda Ashram. Its director, Chidanandaji, was a deeply admired friend. The mutual relationship of these two men was a joy to behold. . Several times it happened that Swamiji would say: “Now I can go, my message has been heard,” his Nunc Dimittis. ”109 One measure of this was the considerable esteem in which Abhishiktananda was held in some Vedantic circles.

All these things had seemed utterly senseless to him, a European with a classical education. Yet now at this very moment it had happened to him, a true living experience tearing him out of himself. 45 Abhishiktananda had spontaneously become a disciple of Gnanananda. ”46 As Gnanananda is much less well-known than Ramana, we must here say a few words about him. Like most such figures, Gnanananda was reticent about his own biography but we can assemble a few facts which were gleaned from scattered and off-hand remarks made by the swami himself.

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