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Monchanin, Jules

Monchanin, Jules (14 April 1895)   Reference library

Jessica Richard

The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity

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...who called it ‘the beginning of a new era in the history of religious life in India’. The two pioneers completely adapted Benedictine monasticism to sannyasa and Indian ascetical tradition, creating a new expression that, according to Wayne Teasdale, could be called ‘Christian Sannyasa’. Fr Jules Monchanin took the name of Swami Parama Arupi Anandam (joy in the supreme formless one), while Fr Henri Le Saux took the name of Swami Abhshiktananda * . Monchanin, along with Brahmabandav Upadhyaya * and Swami Abhishiktananda , tried to define the...