Swami Abhishiktananda (1910-1973) was a French monk, who came to India in 1948 in search of contemplative life. After two consecutive meetings with one of the greatest mystic saints of the twentieth century, Sri Ramana Maharshi, and a series of solitary meditations in the caves of the holy mountain Arunachala, he met his guru, Sri Gnanananda Giri, who lead him to the understanding that “the mystery which India reveals is the sole and unique mystery which is revealed and burst forth at the heart of everything….” By the end of his earthly life Swamiji not only became a renowned pioneer of interreligious dialogue in India, but also attained the heights of advaitic (non-dual) experience that culminated in a profound spiritual awakening on 14th July 1973: “I was magnificently calm, for I AM, no matter in what world! I have found the Grail!” http://www.abhishiktananda.org.in/html/life-of-swami-abhishiktananda.php?r=1&l=ri&fst=0