Awake to the Spirit that Embraces All

Born to an Irish immigrant family in England, soldier in the Second World War, diplomat in Malaysia, disciple of the Hindu monk Swami Satyananda, university professor of Law, then Benedictine monk, founder of a new priory in Montreal, teacher of meditation, a profound and still unknown theologian, a spiritual master and perhaps the inspirer of new spiritual movements. John Main was all of these things. He saw himself in a way as a disciple of Abhishiktananda, and his tremendously practical character led him to search for the actual path that could lead to the point of convergence of the Christian, but of Abrahamic ones broadly speaking, and Dharmic religions, theologically, historically and spiritually in a very practical way.

He died prematurely, leaving us only talks, lectures and loose writings, some edited and some not, but certainly not a well-articulated synthetic vision. We believe, however, that he had such a vision in mind, and so we have tried to study it in order to present it here, as well as to extend his vision with our own research and reflections, which are intended to be along the same lines as his, and to develop what we believe to be his essential vision.

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