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11 In recalling Abhishiktananda’s reading let us also not forget his own heartfelt observation that No religious man indeed wants to develop and feed his mind simply for the mind’s sake alone. As the ancient authors put it, there is no knowledge which should not pass into love. 12 Fr Jules Monchanin In the last chapter mention was made of the personality, the work, and the influence of Fr Jules Monchanin, particularly as the co-founder of Shantivanam. Here we will reflect a little further on Monchanin’s influence on Abhishiktananda, and compare their positions on the central issue with which they were mutually concerned in the Shantivanam years, the relationship of Christianity and Hinduism, and the role of Christian contemplatives in India.
26. Abhishiktananda quoted in du Boulay, 63. 27. See Abhishiktananda, Swami Parama Arubi Anandam, 18-19. 28. G. Weber, In Quest of the Absolute, 21-22. 29. J. Stuart in L 52. 30. For a clear-eyed and sensitive account of some of the difficulties in the inter-relations of Abhishiktananda, Monchanin, Mahieu, and Griffiths, see du Boulay, 153-155. 31. Quoted in S. Rohde, Jules Monchanin, 67. 32. The phrase “invisible ministry” is Bettina Bäumer’s. 33. G. Weber, In Quest of the Absolute, 3. 29 A Christian Pilgrim in India 34.
You had a truly Western character and a profound Western formation. Only a man equipped 33 A Christian Pilgrim in India with all the traditional Western resources could have done what you did. . I have just gone through your manuscript, Amour et Sagesse, written in 1942 for your mother. It is a moving confession of your traditional Catholic faith. ”4 Throughout his life he retained close ties not only to his family but with the Abbey where he had spent his formative years and where he had drunk deeply from the well-springs of the JudeoChristian tradition, particularly the Patristic and mystical literature.