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Gurus & Saints of the Past

Biographies of Hindu Gurus and Saints of the past who have made their name and work immortal and left behind a multitude of followers.

Valmiki
Valmiki, the ancient Hindu Saints is the original creator of the Hindu ‘sloka’ – a verse form in which the great Indian epics are composed. The only work available of the great sage-poet, The Ramayana, has established the poet’s timeless fame.

Sri Aurobindo: Top 10 Quotations
Sri Aurobindo was a prominent Hindu guru, who left behind a substantial body of enlightening literature. Here is a selection of quotations from Sri Aurobindo's teachings.

Sant Kabir (1440 – 1518)
Hindus called him Kabir Das, but it is impossible to say wheather Kabir was Brahmin or Sufi, Vedantist or Vaishnavite. A disciple of Guru Ramananda, he was, as he says himself, "at once the child of Allah and of Ram."

Adi Shankaracharya
Shri Adi Shankaracharya or the first Shankara with his remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures, especially on Upanishads or Vedanta, had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism. He is the most famous Advaita philosopher who restored the Vedic Dharma to its pristine purity and glory.

Buddha: The Refiner of Hinduism
Buddha founded a noble religion by distilling Hinduism, and offering a commonsense approach to self-betterment to which the people can relate easily. Exploring Hinduism's close connections with Buddhism

Sant Surdas (c. 1479 - c. 1586)
Life of Sant Surdas - the Hindu saint & sightless poet, who wrote and composed thousands songs in his 'Sur Sagar' dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Goswami Tulsidas (1532 – 1623)
Believed to be an incarnation of Sage Valmiki, Tulsidas wrote “The Ramcharitmanasa – a Hindi translation of the Sanskrit Ramayana, one of the two original epics of the Hindus. He was an ascetic and known for his many miracles.

Mira Bai - Krishna Devotee, Minstrel & Saint
Mira Bai is widely known as an incarnation of Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. She taught the world how to love God and will always be remembered for her soulful songs - the beautiful Mira Bhajans.

Baba Lokenath (1730-1890)
Here is one sage who predicted that a century after his death, he would be greatly revered by one and all. Read about the extraordinary life of Lokenath Brahmachari.

Babaji
Babaji was the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya. It is believed that he still maintains a physical presence in a remote area of the high Himalayas near Badrinath, and travels with his disciples from peak to peak.

Lahiri Mahasaya (1828 – 1895)
Shyamacharan Lahiri, known as Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895), was an extraordinary guru who exemplified how one can lead an ordinary worldly life and simultaneously achieve the highest spiritual states known to mankind.

Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886)
Sri Ramakrishna represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. Here's a brief profile of this renowned Hindu mystic.

The Sai Baba of Shirdi (c 1838 - 1918)
Sai Baba of Shirdi holds a unique place in the rich tradition of saints in India. Baba, an embodiment of self-realization and perfection, did not come solely to preach but to awaken mankind through his messages of love and righteousness.

Sarada Devi (1853 – 1920)
Sarada Devi, the wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa of Dakshineshwar, Calcutta, is equally revered by the Hindus as her mystic husband, and is considered one of the most important saint mothers of all times.

Swami Yukteswar (1855 - 1936)
Swami Yukteswar, the great sage was the guru of Yogananda. His penetrating mind and the depths of his spiritual perceptions earned him the title of “gyanavatar” (incarnation of wisdom).

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Swami Vivekananda is one of most admired spiritual leaders of India. The world knows him as an inspiring Hindu monk, his motherland regards him as the patriot saint of modern India, and Hindus consider him as a source of spiritual power, mental energy, strength-giving and open-mindedness.

Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950)
Sri Aurobindo, the great Hindu scholar and visionary showed us how to attain an inner self-development and an elevated consciousness through his life and works.

Ramana Maharishi (1879 – 1950)
Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879 – 1950) expounded the Vedanta philosophy not through bookish knowledge but through practical experience. His teachings imparted through all-absorbing ‘Silence’ embodied the highest ideals and the ultimate reaches in divine realization.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Paramahansa Yogananda is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India's ancient wisdom. His life and teachings continue to be a source of light and inspiration to people of all races, cultures and creeds.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977)
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON) was one of Hinduism's most successful exponents, who traveled extensively across the world in order to spread Krishna's message of love and peace.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the most illustrious modern sages of the Vedic Tradition of India. He was guru to the Beatles, and introduced the West to transcendental meditation to spiritually regenerate mankind and create world peace.

Swami Dayanand
Tankara: teachings of Swami Dayanand; biography of the great reformer, his philosophy and work.

Osho
A contemporary enlightened guru, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Website contains a lot of resources for the spiritual.

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.

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