As part of the Centenary Celebrations of the birth of Fr Henri le Saux OSB Cam (Sri Swami Abhishiktananda), the Janssen Spirituality Centre agreed to be the home for the Abhishiktananda Network (Australia).
The mission of the Abhishiktananda Network is to:
1. promote the writings of Abhishiktananda in Australia, 2. encourage a discussion of his teachings, and 3. support people who endeavour to learn from Abhishiktananda' path to advaita.
Fr le Saux was born in France on 30 August 1910 in Saint Briac, Brittany, France. At age sixteen he entered a major seminary and in 1929 joined the Benedictine Abbaye Sainte Anne de Kergonan. He made final vows in May 1935 and was ordained a Catholic priest the following December.
As early as 1934 he felt a calling to India. It would take nearly fifteen years before his wish would be fulfilled.
He discovered another French priest, Fr Jules Monchanin, who had a similar dream. In July 1948, Fr le Saux was given permission to leave his Abbey in France and to join Fr Monchanin in India. In 1950 they formed a small Christian Ashram at Shantivanam (near Trichinopoly).
After Fr Monchanin died in 1957, Abhishiktananda felt drawn towards North India and the Himalayas. In 1968, Fr Bede Griffiths OSB Cam moved to the Saccidananda Ashram (also known as Shantivanam; Tamil for "forest of peace") in Tamil Nadu in South India. For the next 25 years, Abhishiktananda would deepen in his quest to become ONE with the Ultimate Ground of all being. He would live the life of sannyasa (total renunciation) and become known as a Christian Sannyasi (a Hindu holy man).
He had a severe heart attack in July 1973, and died in hospital in Indore on 7 December 1973.
The Janssen Spirituality Centre is pleased to host this webpage on behalf of the Abhishiktananda Network (Australia).
Centenary Celebration of Birth of Abhishiktananda at the Janssen Centre:
The Janssen Spirituality Centre was pleased to host the Australian Celebration of Centenary of Birth of Fr Henri Le Saux (Abhishiktananda OSB). Fr Le Saux is one of the great pioneers in interfaith dialogue between Hinduism and Christianity in the 20th Century. Swami Abhishiktananda has inspired many in the experience of another faith tradition.
Contributors included: Fr Frank Gerry SVD – ‘Reflections on The Further Shore, the brilliant last work of Abhishiktananda’; Fr John Dupuche – report on the Centenary Symposium at Shantivanam on 10-15 January 2010; Swami Shankarananda (Shiva Ashram, Mt Eliza) - ‘The Guru – Disciple Relationship’; Brni Nivedita (Chinmaya Mission, Bendigo) - ‘Sri Ramana Maharashi and the Advaita Tradition’.