© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156852908X271024 Religion and the Arts 12 (2008) 197–213 www.brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Arunachala Shirley du Boulay Oxford, England Abstract “Arunachala” is a slightly edited version of chapter six of Th e Cave of the Heart, a Biography of Swami Abhishiktananda , published by Orbis Books in 2005. It tells of Abhishiktananda’s heart being opened to the Vedic tradition by his encounter with Ramana Maharshi and how he subsequently realized that, just as Ramana had been drawn by the Mountain of Arunach- ala itself, so was he. In a curious sense he was, indeed, in love with a mountain. Abhishik- tananda is an excellent subject for the discussion of the “inter-religious imagination” for three reasons: First, because he was a pioneer of extraordinary courage in exploring the boundaries of Hinduism and Christianity. Secondly, because despite having a good theo- logical mind, he was more heart than head, and his determination to explore everything in the light of experience rather than theory give his conclusions an exceptional immediacy and value. Th irdly, because few people have ever experienced “double-belonging” so acutely: he was torn apart by the tension he felt between the
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: INDIA; SILENCE; SELF; NON-DUALITY; RAMANA MAHARSHI; ADVAITA; ENLIGHTENMENT
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