By Harry Oldmeadow
This e-book offers a biographical account of the extraordinary 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 strains the primary subject matters of his prolific writings on non secular and mystical issues.
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13. From a pamphlet on Saccidananda Ashram and from an article in Clergy Monthly, August 1971, both quoted in Stephens, 115. 14. G. Weber, In Quest of the Absolute, and from S. Rodhe, Jules Monchanin, after Swami Parama Arubi Anandam the two best sources available in English. 15. Swami Arokianadar, “He Taught Me to Appreciate my Motherland,” in Abhishiktananda (ed), Swami Parama Arubi Anandam, 107. 16. Dr Biot, quoted by E. Duperray, “A Sign of the Spirit,” in Abhishiktananda (ed), Swami Parama Arubi Anandam, 99-100.
After his guru departed this life Gnanananda spent many years as an ascetic in the Himalayas, including many years at Gangotri (close to the site of Abhishiktananda’s own Himalayan hermitage) before embarking on travels which took him to all parts of the sub-continent, including Nepal, Burma, and Sri Lanka. During these travels he came into contact with many of the leading lights of the day, including Ramana, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Aurobindo. 47) Eventually Gnanananda settled near the temple city of Tirukoyilur in Tamil Nadu, where an ashram grew up around him.
B. Bäumer, “Abhishiktananda,” website. 107. Quoted in L 264. 108. Quoted in L 287-289. 109. E. Royster, “Abhishiktananda: Hindu-Christian Monk,” 308. 110. G. Gispert-Sauch, “The Spirituality of Abhishiktananda” in Vandana (ed), Swami Abhishiktananda, 70. 32 2 Friends and Influences Charity respects and brings together in a higher unity the twofold mystery of the person—his individual uniqueness and also his reciprocal presence to others. Man is a social being. . Man discovers himself, realizes himself only in meeting with others.