Original Research - Special Collection: SPIRASA Spirituality 2018

Abhishiktananda (Henri le Saux, O.S.B) 1910–1973: Pioneer of interspiritual mysticism

Celia Kourie
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5132 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5132 | © 2018 Celia Kourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 June 2018 | Published: 06 November 2018


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Abstract

There is no doubt that we live in an interspiritual age, although this is not unequivocally accepted in all sectors of religious and non-religious discourse. However, although, in the past, theological debate was primary, there has now been a welcome shift to shared experience. Interspiritual engagement has as its aim a deep appreciation of, respect for and engagement with the spiritual experience of the ‘other’. In order to glean some insights regarding interspiritual mysticism, the aim of this article is to turn to a contemporary mystic for wisdom and guidance: Abhishiktananda (Dom Henri le Saux, O.S.B) (1910–1973) was a French Benedictine monk who left his homeland to live and work in India. Deeply Christian, he nevertheless entered profoundly into the mystical thought of Hinduism. A pioneer of mystical prayer, Abhishiktananda ventured into the realm of advaita, which leads to interior silence. Contemplative silence, in which a state of translucent emptiness occurs, effects a life of unceasing prayer, moment by moment; emanating from the silence of this state of consciousness, compassion, service and energy flow to the benefit of all.

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Abhishiktanananda; Interspirituality; Mysticism; Advaita; Hindiuism

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