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 existence in India the place he immersed himself in Hindu spirituality. It strains the crucial topics of his prolific writings on spiritual and mystical issues.
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In Saccidananda he wrote: 21 A Christian Pilgrim in India The basis of the Eucharist and also of the whole sacramental character of the Church is to be found in the ascent of the whole cosmos— matter and spirit—towards its Lord. The Eucharist is the anamnesis, or memorial of all that has been and all that will be. 88 Last Years In his last years Abhishiktananda assumed the role of guru to his only real disciple (using that word in its strict sense), the young French seminarian Marc Chaduc, who was given a joint Christian-Hindu initiation (dīkṣā) by Abhishiktananda and Swami Chidananda.
Family and French Catholicism One refrain in Abhishiktananda’s life is his unwavering love of Brittany and of his family. To the very end of his life he revered the memory of his mother to whom he was intensely devoted, cherished his recollections of childhood and family life, and took the closest interest in the welfare of his siblings and their families. He also retained a passionate love for Brittany and in later years wrote that he had never returned because he doubted whether he could “bear it emotionally” and feared that he might be unable to return to his “role” in India.
A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) by Harry Oldmeadow