A guru, or a master, is a person who guides you in your spiritual
evolution. They can be sages, philosophers, occult practitioners, or just
a person who has glimpsed the beyond, and has left a mark on generations
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's compassion, humility and ability to be 'free
in exile' have attracted millions over the world to his spiritual traditionTibetan
Buddhism. For millions of Tibetans worldwideHis Holy Highness Dalai
Lama is the very personification of faith and hope.
Gagangiri Baba He
peels off his skin for the fish to feast on. He renews his bodily organs
on a regular basis. Meet Gagangiri Baba, the strange patron saint of the
western Indian state of Maharashtra. G.I. Gurdjieff GI
Gurdjieff tried to break free of the ordinary life that binds everybody
to the mundane by deliberately adopting unconventional means and ways
to lead his life.
Inayat Khan Most
people know Hazrat Inayat Khan as the person responsible for taking Sufism to
the West around the beginning of this century. But there was more to this Sufi
saint than just that.
Poonja (Papaji) H.W.L. Poonja, fondly called Papaji by his numerous
disciples, was a lesser-known modern master whose wisdom and kindness of spirit
remains etched in the hearts of people whose lives he touched.
J.Krishnamurti Jiddu Krishnamurti was a guru who never wanted
to be one. What he taught stemmed from his personal realization: that truth cannot
be reached by any path, religion or sect. To find it, the seeker must strive to
ascend to it through his discovery. It is possible by casting aside past conditioning,
and stilling thought that impedes awareness of what is.
Madame Blavatsky, the Russia-born mystic and founder of the Theosophical Society,
exhibited strong psychic capabilities even as a child, and later, devoted her
life to understand and explain the mystical powers that govern the universe.
Meher Baba Born
in a Parsi family, Meher Baba, as a child, had little or no interest in spirituality.
His awakening came at 19 when Hazrat Babajan, a Muslim ascetic, kissed his forehead.
After that incident, all his life was spent in showering love and compassion on
humanity at large.
Neem Karoli Baba Neem
Karoli Baba never gave any discourses as such. His mode of teaching was through
simple stories and practical examples. Little is known about the saint's background.
The enigmatic mystic abused, shouted, lied, even experimented with drugs and had
tea with dacoits. But, like the wind, he belonged to no one. In his own words,
he was 'nobody'.
From an ordinary shopkeeper named Maruti to the illuminating
personality of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the transformation came late in life
but created one of the most engrossing spiritual masters of the time.
Master, mystic and
madmanthe controversial and rebellious guru of New Age, Osho, was
all this and more. Paramahansa Yogananda Paramahansa Yogananda is a household name
in almost the whole world, thanks to his spiritual classicAutobiography
of a Yogi. Till date, this perennial bestseller continues to stoke the spiritual
fire in millions of readers. One of the earliest spiritual teachers to bring to
the West the spiritual wealth of India, Paramahansa Yogananda popularized the
ancient tradition of kriya
yoga in the USA through the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF).
Of Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala, it is often said
that his silence was more eloquent than his words. This austere master, who lived
and died a hermit on the Arunachala hill of South India, left posterity the legacy
of his wisdom. And we are all the richer for having inherited his teachings on
self-enquiry and his simple yet profound Advaitic philosophy of life.
Shirdi Sai Baba
Sai Baba, known for the simplicity of his philosophy and his teachings appeals
to a large number of devotees for his promise that he would always be there for
them in moments of crises.
Sri Aurobindo Revolutionary,
poet, yogi, spiritual teacher, visionarySri Aurobindo was all this
and much more. This prophet of the New Age not only predicted the perfectibility
of the human condition but also assured that the day is not far when man's Supramental
consciousness achieves its fullest fruition on earth.
Sri Ramakrishna It
was the common sight of a flock of snow-white cranes flying against the backdrop
of an overcast sky that triggered off Gadadhar Chattopadhyaya's first spiritual
experience. At that time he was merely a six-year-old Bengali Brahmin boy, but
the incident led to his transformation into one of 19th century India's most amazing
Swami Chinmayananda has played a major role in taking Vedanta to the world. Here
are excerpts from his popular book Vedanta Through Letters.
Swami Rama A
controversial, highly intelligent, and completely rational spiritual master, Swami
Rama remains a riddle long after his death.
Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
and founder of the Ramakrishna Mission, was a firm believer of karma yoga.
During the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, he was one of the
first Indian philosopher/sages to take India's spiritual heritage to a worldwide
Hanh For Thich
Nhat Hanh, a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, social and community service is where
"mindfulness"the heart of Buddhist meditationlies.
far cry from the new breed of gurus, Yogi Ramsuratkumar is a rare
saint who forces you to look into your innermost being. Gurus of Our Time Charismatic
personalities and master orators, gurus have opened a path to self-discovery
and salvation for the common man.