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A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)
A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)
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Hinduism

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ISBN:  1-933316-45-4
Book Size:  6 x 9
# of Pages:  344
Language:  English



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Henri Le Saux (1910-1973) was a remarkable French Benedictine who spent the last twenty-four years of his life in India where he became known as Swami Abhishiktananda. After an early encounter with Ramana Maharshi and a series of intense mystical experiences on Mt Arunachala, Abhishiktananda immersed himself in traditional Indian philosophy and spirituality. He retained his Christian commitments but sought to reconcile these with the teachings and practices of Advaita Vedanta, and to live out the Hindu ideal of sannyasa (renunciation).
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Henri Le Saux (1910-1973) was a remarkable French Benedictine who spent the last twenty-four years of his life in India where he became known as Swami Abhishiktananda. After an early encounter with Ramana Maharshi and a series of intense mystical experiences on Mt Arunachala, Abhishiktananda immersed himself in traditional Indian philosophy and spirituality. He retained his Christian commitments but sought to reconcile these with the teachings and practices of Advaita Vedanta, and to live out the Hindu ideal of sannyasa (renunciation). This book provides a biographical sketch of Abhishiktananda and traces various metaphysical and spiritual themes in his many books, focusing particularly on the trans-religious ideal of renunciation, the monastic vocation, the doctrine of non-duality, the Christian-Hindu encounter and the so-called 'problem' of religious pluralism. Abhishiktananda shows why we should regard this largely neglected figure as one of the great spiritual exemplars of the 20th century. It also explores the ways in which Abhishiktananda's life and work gives concrete expression to the sophia perennis which lies at the heart of all integral traditions.

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Harry Oldmeadow

Harry Oldmeadow was co-ordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at La Trobe University in Australia and author of the acclaimed Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy (2000), an authoritative introduction to the perspective of Perennialism. Prof. Oldmeadow's contributions to World Wisdom books & DVDs includes:
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“…offers an excellent set of insights into the spirituality and writings of a missionary and ashram pioneer which builds on the biographical studies of Le Saux and probes the insights of his legacy. Libraries strong in Eastern religion and missionary experience will find it an excellent survey packed with quotes and source material references.”
Midwest Book Review



A Christian Pilgrim in India is the unique and comprehensive biography, generously illustrated, of an extraordinary man. The book discusses the collision of religions in the modern world and the integration, synthesis or reconciliation of them within him – how he came to this insight as Gandhi did.”
SirReadaLot



“Perhaps the most lucid Christian examples so far of trans-religious recognition are to be found in the writings of the Thomist philosopher Bernard Kelly and the popular historian Angus Macnab, both of whom were wholly inspired by the Guénon-Schuon oeuvre. Harry Oldmeadow, in his latest book, examines a different type of Christian “extra-muralism”, namely that of the Benedictine monk Father Henri le Saux (Swami Abhishiktananda), who followed the call of an inner voice to immerse himself in the pure and unadulterated Hindu world of South India. Abhishiktananda’s story furnishes Dr. Oldmeadow with the occasion to discuss, amongst many other things, the most urgent of all our problems, namely (in his words) “the collision of religions in the contemporary world”.
William Stoddart, author of Sufism: the Mystical Doctrines and Methods of Islam



"Harry Oldmeadow’s insighful reflection on the life and writing of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux, d. 1973) — missionary, ashram pioneer, theologian of the Hindu-Christian encounter, and spiritual explorer — is a valuable contribution to our understanding of interreligious learning today. Building on biographical studies of Le Saux, Oldmeadow probes further the personal and theological dynamics underlying Le Saux’s questions and insights, reading him in accord with the perennial philosophy tradition of Schuon, Coomaraswamy, Nasr, and Guénon. Oldmeadow’s thought experiment is refreshing, provocative, and worthy of close attention by everyone interested in Le Saux and his legacy."
Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University



“A wonderful and fascinating book! The definitive introduction to the legacy of Abhishiktananda, the French Benedictine to whom it was given to become a Master of the Vedantic Way. Oldmeadow does more than chronicle in a lucid and engaging style: he brings to bear upon his subject the illumined understanding it demands.”
Wolgang Smith, author of Cosmos and Transcendence



“The Sword of Gnosis, edited by Jacob Needleman in 1974, was instrumental in introducing the perennialist perspective to the English speaking world. This new anthology has the depth and breadth to become the next classic of the kind. Spanning the range of perennialist generations, the editors have provided us with a carefully collected set of essays that cover all the fundamental grounds of traditionalist thinking.”
Patrick Laude, author of Singing the Way: Insights in Poetry and Spiritual Transformation




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