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Introduction: A Pilgrimage To The Heart

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This chapter attempts to record some pivotal figures, images, and events encountered during our Bangalore meeting and subsequent pilgrimage. They serve as vignettes rather than arguments, soundings rather than statements, musings rather than manifestos. They trace a path of diverse orientations, detours and traversals which, however various, share at least one common goal: inter-confessional hospitality. The chapter begins with Swami Joseph Samarakone. To illustrate the power of such trans-religious imagination consider some of the breakthrough events of the great wisdom narratives. It talks about two in particularAbhishiktananda and Sara Grantwhose spirits were particularly present to the testimonies of fellow-travelers, Fanny Howe and Shirley du Boulay. A final Hindu-Christian pioneer who inspired and oriented our Indian pilgrimage was Sara Grant. A close associate of Abhishiktananda, this intrepid Sacred Heart Sister spent most of her life practicing inter-faith dialogue in Mumbai and Pune.

Keywords: Abhishiktananda; Hindu-Christian pioneer; pilgrimage; Sara Grant; Swami Joseph Samarakone



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