An Ethnography of Mysticism

An Ethnography of Mysticism

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Author: Susan Visvanathan
Publisher: Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 121
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185952531


This book attempts to understand the problem of personal experience in religion. It takes the biography of a French monk in India, called Henri la Saux to understand concepts such a friendship and dialogue across different religions. Henri le Saux became known as Abhishiktananda (The Grace of the anointed One) and is bet remembered for his love for Ramana Maharshi the cerebral saint of India.

This book tries to understand Abhishiktananda's love for Ramana expressed through his writings and personal journeys. In order to comprehend mysticism, the author focuses on action and renunciations as two arms of the mystical journey. In this regard, it compares Abhishiktananda with Simone Weil, a great and heroic figure of our age, who dealt with fascism in Europe through personal intervention, liberating herself and other through the wisdom and grace of her encounter with God, and her courage in resisting Nazism

Can sociology understand the mystic? This is the question that the author tries to answer.




Missionary Styles and the problem of dialogue

Simone Weil and Abhishiktananda the Mystical Journeys

The Encounter with Ramana

The Pilgrimages of the Later years

A Note on Language and Mysticism