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Swami Abhishiktananda

Henri Le Saux, Swami Abhishiktananda
God is too close to us. That is why we constantly fail to find him. We turn God into an object — and God escapes our grasp. We turn him into an idea — but ideas pass him by.
The present moment is all that matters; tomorrow is God’s business.
To pray without ceasing is not so much consciously to think of God, as to act continuously under the guidance of the Spirit
Fr. Henri Le Saux, OSB, came to India in 1949 to seek God both as a Christian and as a devotee of Lord Shiva. His pilgrimage bore fruit, leading to spiritual awakening. His importance in the context of this site is not that he was a great devotee of Our Divine Mother, Dea, although many Catholics are devotees of the Mother of God just as many Shaivites are devotees of Sri Parvati, the indwelling Shakti of Lord Shiva, rather, Swami Abishiktananda was an important exponent of the transcendental unity of religion. Swami Abhishiktananda was both Christian and Shaivite in his deep religious practice, just as Sri Ramakrishna before him was an enlightened Christian, Muslim and devotee of Mahashakti Sri Kali.

Fr. Le Saux, born in 1910, grew up in Brittany and showed a deep piety from an early age. He made an early vow to live a religious life. He joined the Benedictine order and was ordained in 1935. He was particularly drawn to the writings of the early monastic Desert Fathers and also in this period began to study the spiritual literature of the Sanatana Dharma. The Hymn to God Beyond All Names of the fourth century Doctor of the Church St. Gregory Nazianzus was of particular significance to Fr. Le Saux throughout his life.

Swami Abhishiktananda(1910-1973) is the Indian name of Dom Henri Le Saux, a Benedictine monk. He co-founded in 1950, with Father Jules Monchanin, Saccidananda Ashram, a monastic institution dedicated to integrating the monastic values of the Benedictine tradition with the values of the Indian monastic tradition.

By Swami Abhishiktananda
Bulletin 34, January 1989
Bulletin 13, January 1982
About Swami Abhishiktananda
Colloque de Shantivanam10-15 janvier 2010
Bulletin 84, January 2010
An Interreligious Monastic Ashram on the Banks of the Holy Ganges
Bulletin 82, January 2009
Bulletin 80, January 2008
Bulletin 80, January 2008
A Bridge between Hinduism and Christianity(1)
Bulletin 72, May 2004
Bulletin 67, October 2001
An Interview with Odette Baumer-Despeigne
Bulletin 51, October 1994
The Spiritual Journey of Henri Le Saux/Abhishiktananda
Bulletin 45, October 1992
Bulletin 38, May 1990
Bulletin 36, October 1989
Bulletin 19, February 1984

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