By Harry Oldmeadow
This publication offers a biographical account of the awesome Benedictine monk, Henri Le Saux (1910-1973), who spent the final two-and-a-half many years of his existence in India the place he immersed himself in Hindu spirituality. It lines the vital topics of his prolific writings on non secular and mystical themes.
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Additional resources for A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)
There was no simple answer and it was not until his last years that the dilemma was fully resolved. In our explorations of Abhishiktananda’s thought, his writings, his spiritual experience, we will find him confronting these questions again and again. Here is one of many tormented cries from his journal: “Therefore I am full of fear, plunged in an ocean of anguish whichever way I turn. . And I fear risking my eternity for a delusion. ”54 Nor was his predicament eased by his growing disenchantment with many aspects of the institutional church: 15 A Christian Pilgrim in India If only the Church was spiritually radiant, if it was not so firmly attached to the formulations of transient philosophies, if it did not obstruct the freedom of the spirit .
He discards all his clothes in (the) water, and I receive him as from the maternal womb. We envelop him in the fire-colored dress. ”. 97 This lovely ceremony on the banks of India’s most holy river, in the company of his disciple and the Hindu holy man, was to be one of the last formal events of Abhishiktananda’s life. Soon after he wrote to Ajatananda, It was too wonderful that morning of June 30. . Your dīkṣā moved me To the depths of my being, stealing me away from myself, losing me in infinite space, where I no longer know anything, where I look for myself in vain!
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A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) by Harry Oldmeadow