St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Marco Island, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, will host a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss, the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the magical land of India. Filled with luscious footage and beautiful yet haunting music, the audience is taken on a sensual ride into the twists and turns of this spiritual quest.
The film is inspired by the true life story of Henri Le Saux, a French Benedictine monk who traveled to southern India in 1948 in search of a more radical form of spiritual life. Upon a powerful mystical encounter with the great Hindu sage, Ramana Maharshi, Le Saux found his Christian faith merging with the people, culture and religious heart of this strange yet fascinating country, leading to his own ultimate rebirth. Le Saux’s prolific writing and deep understanding and appreciation of the indigenization of religious faiths made him one of the 20th century’s greatest pioneers of Hindu-Christian dialogue.
We will have the added treat of having in attendance the film’s writer and director, Fabrice Blee. Besides being a filmmaker and an expert on the life of Henri Le Saux, Fabrice is a professor of Theology at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, with a specialty in inter-religious study. He will be on hand to answer any questions about the production of the film and his work on Henri Le Saux.
Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 1101 North Collier Blvd., Marco Island.