About the Author:
Abhishiktananda was born as Henri Le Saux in 1910 in France. After studies in minor and major seminaries, he entered the Benedictine Abbey of Sainte Anne de Kergonan at age 19, where he would remain a monk until his departure for India nineteen years later. He first felt a call to India around the age of 24, specifically a call to establish a contemplative foundation in the Indian Church or at least to live as a contemplative there.
It would be fourteen years before this call would be answered, a period during which he steeped himself in Indian scriptures and began study of Sanskrit, Tamil, and English. Finally in 1948, Le Saux received permission to travel to India, where he joined another French priest, Jules Monchanin, in founding a contemplative community that they envisioned as both fully Indian and fully Christian. This is Saccidananda Ashram or the Hermitage of the Most Holy Trinity at Shantivanam in Tamil Nadu.