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SWAMI ABHISHIKTANANDA (Dom Henri Le Saux, OSB) was born in Brittany, France, in 1910. In 1929 he entered the monastery of Ste Anne de Kergonan, where he remained until 1948. Feeling a strong call to follow the monastic life in India, he obtained permission to join Fr J Monchanin in founding the ashram of Shantivanam (near Trichinopoly in S India). This remained his base until a few years before his death in 1973 when he settled in a hut beside the Ganges at Uttarkashi in the Himalayas.
Soon after reaching India he met Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great Hindu Sage, and this led him to discover the sacred Mountain of Arunachala, where for several long periods between 1952 and 1955 he lived as a hermit in several of its caves. Here he entered deeply into the experience of India’s rishis and saints, and gained new insights into the mystery of Christ.
During his times at Arunachala he came in contact with many other interesting people-other hermits, both men and women, sadhus, mystics, devotees, temple-priests, townsmen, peasants, beggars, children. There are presented here with understanding and respect, and also with kindly humour-though the pretentious are given short shrift!
Abhishiktananda’s often lonely, but rewarding, experience at the heart of spiritual India is a sign of the times for all who are concerned to break down the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding that separate the followers of different religious traditions.
INTRODUCTION BY ODETTE BAUMER-DESPEIGNE
The Cave of Vanatti
The Spring of the Milk of Grace
Two of the Maharshi’s Disciples
The Temple of Annamalaiyar
The Flame-crowned Mountain