Gurus & Saints
Mirra Alfassa – The Mother (1878-1973)
Mirra Alfassa or ‘The Mother’ of Auroville was the spiritual collaborator and companion of Sri Aurobindo, the great Hindu guru. Here's a brief biography of the founder of Auroville, Pondicherry.
Swami Ramdevji or Baba Ramdev, as he is popularly known, is one of India’s most popular spiritual leaders in the field of Yoga, Ayurveda and social activism. Arguably, no other Swami in recent times, has been so successful in making the art of Yoga a common practice in every household, and especially among India’s huge middle class population.
Who's A Guru?
Guru is the God, say the Hindu scriptures. The English word 'guru' has its etymological origin in the Sanskrit term and means a "Hindu spiritual teacher or head of religious sect; influential teacher; revered mentor." Let's delve deeper for the real meaning of guru...
The Gurus of Sergeant Pepper
Did you know that the Beatles' all time great rock/pop album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" featured four Hindu gurus on its album cover? Find out who these saints are, and what's so special about them...
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: Top 20 Quotations
Here is a selection of the best quotes on Hinduism gleaned from the works of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India and among the most prominent of Hindu philosophers of the 20th century.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living movement, believes in spreading the knowledge of living a healthier life through spirituality and techniques of breathing and meditation.
Sathya Sai Baba - A Short Bio
Despite the myriad controversies surrounding him, Sathya Sai Baba continues to be a popular Guru with a huge number of followers around the world. Here's a profile of the Sai Baba of our times.
Amma: India's Hugging Saint Mother
Known globally as India's "hugging saint mother", Ms Amritanandamayi, which literally means "Mother of Absolute Bliss", was born in a poor fishing village in the southern Indian coastal state of Kerala.
Top 5 Books on India’s Saint Mothers
Among the most respected Holy Mothers of India are Sri Sarada Devi, Anandamayi Ma, the Mother of Auroville, and Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly know as Amma. Here’s a selection of books that bring out the greatness of character and spiritual wisdom of these woman gurus revered the world over.
Shree Maa is a Hindu mystic who was born near Kamakhya, Assam, India from where she traveled to the US in 1984. Shree Maa teaches the meaning and method of worship through the tantric traditions of prayer and meditation.
Swami Sadashiva Tirtha
About the American Hindu monk, well-known author and Ayurveda practitioner based in New York state.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Shot at
An unidentified assailant shot at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's convoy as he was leaving from a public Satsang at around 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Bangalore. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was unhurt.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Passes Away
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi passed away peacefully on February 5, 2008 at his international headquarters in Vlodrop, The Netherlands. An obituary
The Mysticism of Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore, the first Hindu Nobel Laureate - brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his poetry like no other poet. His spiritual vision, as he himself said, is imbued "with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts." Here's a selection of his poems that give us a glimpse of Tagore's spiritual vision.
10 Commandments for Success
Swami Sivananda spells out 10 simple ways to be successful in life and live happily. He says, "Success often comes to those who dare and act". So, go ahead...
The Power of Satsanga or Holy Company
Swami Sivananda explains the power of 'Satsanga' or pious company in very simple terms. Learn how holy company transforms a human being, how to benefit from Satsanga.
A disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The swami follows the traditional methods of teaching Vedanta in three languages - English, Gujarati and Hindi.
About the saint, who introduced himself as Paramhans Swami Nikhileshwaraanand to become "the most revered of masters of the divine land of Siddhashram and bring in a spiritual transformation in social circles".
A disciple and successor of Paramhans Swami Madhavanandaji, this guru lives and works in Europe. He has developed a comprehensive system of yoga called "Yoga in Daily Life".
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
One of India's saint mothers, and the founder of Sahaja Yoga.
Site on the Shirdi Sai, contains a photo gallery, Shirdi books in Telegu, and Shirdi links.
Website of Meher Baba, the "Avatar of the Age". Full of links and useful religious resources.
Website dedicated to Babaji who lived in the foothills of the Himalayas, at the remote village of Haidakhan, from 1970 to 1984.
Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji
He is the pontiff of Avadhoota Datta Peetham at Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashrama in Mysore, India. He is renowned for his healing and meditation music and considered a divine guide who cultivates the ancient Vedic traditions.
About this Romanian tantric master yoga guru who lives in Bucharest. He heads twelve 'ashrams' plus centres of research, teaching and healing according to the yogic principles.
Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883)
Swami Dayanand Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual leader and social reformer of the 19th century most famous as the founder of the Hindu reform organization Arya Samaj. Read about his life and teachings.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1534)
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was one the most prominent Hindu saints of the 16th century and the most renowned and celebrated proponents of the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga that centers around the unwavering devotion to Lord Krishna.
BKS Iyengar - Yoga Guru
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was a pioneering yoga teacher or ‘yogacharya’ credited with establishing and popularizing modern yoga in India and across the world. Here's a brief profile of the Yoga Master pas excellence.