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

By Harry Oldmeadow

This e-book presents a biographical account of the awesome 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 relevant issues of his prolific writings on spiritual and mystical themes.

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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. ”110 Abhishiktananda himself came to embody and to live this ideal. There can be no more fitting epitaph for Swamiji than one of his favorite Upanishadic verses, to which he returned again and again: I know him, that great Puruṣa Of the color of the sun, Beyond all darkness.

And the comical nimbus of white hair. A jester in the court of God . . with his disorganized simplicity. The first glance deepened, of course. . As the days opened around us, his silence—the sadness which sometimes enveloped him—his spiritual authority and experience— the realism of his instructions—his very real and practical affection for each of us as fellow pilgrims on the long path home—his delight in the day and the moment—enriched and affirmed this first impression. Nothing was denied.

To me he was the embodiment of what “Unless you become as little children. ” means. 107 Early in 1973 Abhishiktananda took great pleasure in the visit of an American friend with whom he had corresponded for fifteen years. She was Mrs Ann-Marie Stokes, also a Breton but for many years resident in New York where she was deeply involved with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. After meeting her in Delhi he took her to Haridwar and Rishikesh and to the retreat center in Rajpur. Later they met up with Marc Chaduc.

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