MONCHANIN, Jules (Swami Paramarubyananda)

MONCHANIN, Jules (Swami Paramarubyananda). Fleurie-en-Beaujolais 10.4.1895 — Paris 10.10.1957. Father. French Theologian interested in India. Son of Antoine M. and Marie-Ursule Janin. From 1912 studies at seminary of Lyon, during WW I also taught there (he was himself freed from military service because of his precarious health). Ordained 1922, served as vicar in Lyon. Studied Sanskrit under Minard, then decided to become (Christian) hermit in India and left for Tiruchirapalli in 1939. He was keen supporter of religious dialogue and visited often Ramana Maharshi. After a visit to France in 1946-47 remained in India until fatal illness forced him to return.

Publications: “Yoga et Hésychasme”, Entretiens 1955. Publications de l’Institut français d’indologie 4. Pondichéry 1956, 1–10.

religious works.

Sources: Fr. Jacquin, D.O.L.F. 690f.; Wikipedia with photo (more in French version, also further references).

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