Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Christians ashrams, Hindu caves and sacred rivers: Christian-Hindu monastic dialogue in India 1950-1993

Research output: ResearchBook


School/Research organisations


In late 20th-century India, Christian-Hindu dialogue was forever transformed following the opening of Shantivanam, the first Christian ashram in the country. Mario I. Aguilar brings together the histories of the five pioneers of Christian-Hindu dialogue and their involvement with the ashram, to explore what they learnt and taught about communion between the two religions, and the wide ranging consequences of their work.

The author expertly threads together the lives and friendships between these men, while uncovering the Hindu texts they used and were influenced by, and considers how far some of them became, in their personal practice, Hindu. Ultimately, this book demonstrates the impact of this history on contemporary dialogue between Christians and Hindus, and how both faiths can continue to learn and grow together.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon; Philadelphia
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9781784503475
ISBN (Print)9781785920868
StatePublished - 23 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in religion and theology

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Pope Francis and Islam: Interfaith Encounters in Turkey and Egypt

    Aguilar, M. I. 1 Apr 2019 (In preparation) Dialogue in Action: Interfaith and Trans-Faith Partnership for Social Justice.. Shams, M. & Nachowitz, T. (eds.). London: Springer

    Research output: ResearchChapter

  2. 'Non Dual Consciousness in Hinduism and Christianity'

    Aguilar, M. I. 1 Jan 2019 (In preparation) The Oxford Handbook of Meditation. Farias, M., Brazier, D. & Lalljee, M. (eds.). Oxford UP

    Research output: ResearchChapter

  3. Liberation Theology: Developments and Reception

    Aguilar, M. I. 1 Sep 2018 (Accepted/In press) The Blackwell Companion to Liberation Theology. Scott, P. & Cavanaugh, W. T. (eds.). Second ed. Wiley-Blackwell

    Research output: ResearchChapter

  4. Interreligious dialogue and the partition of India: Hindus and Muslims in dialogue about violence and forced migration

    Aguilar, M. I. 1 Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 168 p. (Studies in relogion and theology)

    Research output: ResearchBook

ID: 240253661