The Abhishiktananda Centre for Interreligious Dialogue was created in 2008 with the aim of promoting Swami Abhishiktananda’s vision and writings in India, as well as abroad (in English). Being a section of one of the prominent NGOs in India, the Delhi Brotherhood Society (DBS), it inherited the English (world-wide) and Indian copyrights for Swamiji’s titles from the former Abhishiktananda Society, which since 1978 till its official closure in 2008, had carried out the task of promoting Swami Abhishiktananda’s message through the publication of his books. Currently, most of these are out of print and are now in the process of being edited and republished in India.
From this perspective, an Editorial Board has been formed to republish and update the existing titles. The Editorial Board consists of knowledgeable persons who belong to different traditions and who are deeply involved in interreligious dialogue. Presently, this Board comprises the following members:
Editorial Board Members
Swami Atmananda Udasin (Chief Editor)
A native of Belgium, Swami Atmananda Udasin studied Theology, Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion in Louvain, Paris, and Jerusalem. He has been deeply inspired, since the early 1980’s, by the lives and spiritual journeys of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) and his realized disciple, Swami Ajatananda Saraswati (Marc Chaduc). He has served as President of the Abhishiktananda Society (2007-2008), of which he was an Associate Member since 1983.
He is currently Director of the Abhishiktananda Centre for Interreligious Dialogue and is Head Monk of Ajatananda Ashram, an interreligious monastic ashram on the Ganges, in Rishikesh (North India).
Rev. Dr. Monodeep Daniel
Rev. Dr. Monodeep Daniel is Secretary of the Delhi Brotherhood Society, a Delhi based NGO with programmes for self-empowerment. A leading theologian in India, he is also deeply committed to justice and social action for India's underprivileged classes. He is the author of a doctoral thesis presented at the Free University of Amsterdam (2013) on the great Indian visionary B. R. Ambedkar, the main architect of the Indian Constitution.
Rev. Dr. Monodeep Daniel is Dean of St.Stephen's College (Delhi) and has been involved in interreligious dialogue in many ways, especially with diverse religious groups among the Dalits.
He has personally known Swami Abhishiktananda and has served as Secretary of the Abhishiktananda Society (2005-2008).
Swami Nityananda Giri
Swami Nityananda Giri came to Sri Sadguru Gnanananda Giri, the spiritual master of Swami Abhishiktananda, in 1971, after a period of intense spiritual training. Under His close guidance, he studied Advaita Vedanta in depth, and was directed to compile His teachings. The collection of these teachings was published in Tamil in 1974 under the title Gnana Inba Veli. Later, Swami Nityananda Giri was central to the English publication on his master: Sadguru Gnanananda (1979). Besides several articles on the sage’s life and teachings, he wrote in Tamil the popular work, Sri Gnanananda Darshanam (1996).
Swami Nityananda has travelled widely in Europe, Canada and the United States, lecturing on Vedanta philosophy and the path of Yoga. He is keenly interested in mysticism and is well known in interreligious dialogue. Since 1986, he is Head of Sri Gnanananda Niketan (Thapovanam,Tirukoyilur, Tamil Nadu), an ashram dedicated to the teaching of Vedanta and the tradition of sannyasa.
Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé
Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé is Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley (a Member of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley). He is also Director of the Starr King Luce Project for Multi-religious Theological Education and serves on the GTU Core Doctoral Faculty in the area of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions and is the Senior Research Analyst at the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies.
Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé is a Sufi spiritual master in the Chishti Tradition.
Dr. Maxim Demchenko
Dr. Maxim Demchenko is an Associate Professor of History and Phenomenology of Religion at the Russian Orthodox University, Moscow. He has authored: Aspects of Hindu-Christian Dialogue in the Mid-Twentieth Century (According to Jules Monchanin’s and Henri Le Saux’ Experience), doctoral thesis, Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow, 2011; and The Path of Saccidananda, Moscow (Ganga), 2008 (in Russian). He has also published the first Russian translation of Swami Abhishiktananda’s Guru and Disciple, Moscow (Ganga), 2013, and is currently working on the translation of Swami Abhishiktananda’s other titles into Russian.
Forthcoming Publications in English (Worldwide and in India)
The Centre has recently republished Swami Abhishiktananda’s well-known title Guru and Disciple: An Encounter with Sri Gnanananda, a Contemporary Spiritual Master, new and enlarged edit. by Swami Atmananda Udasin, pref. by Swami Nityananda Giri, Chennai (Samata Books), 2012. In the near future the book will also be published in the USA.
The Indian edition can be ordered from:
192 pages, paperback (250 Indian Rupees; 15 US Dol.)
Five more titles which are now out of print are planned to be republished between 2014 and 2016. These forthcoming new editions will include the transliterated Sanskrit words presented with diacritical marks, minor editing including new explanatory footnotes, an enlarged glossary, an index, some additional photograph(s) and a revised cover:
The Secret of Arunachala: A Western Hermit at the Foot of Lord Shiva's Holy Mountain, foreword by Sri V. Ganesan
The Further Shore: Essays on Samnyasa and the Upanishads
A Journey to Ultimate Understanding: Selected Essays in Hindu Christian Spirituality
This new English title is a compilation of essays translated from the French Intériorité et Révélation by Rev. Dr. James Stuart. It will include introductory material which will set the context of each essay within the development of Swami Abhishiktananda’s thought.
Ascent to the Depth of the Heart: The Spiritual Diary (1948-1973) of Swami Abhishiktananda
This revised and enlarged edition of The Spiritual Diary will involve a selection of additional unpublished texts from the original diary.