They are the new seers, the visionaries of the present millennia.They
are the New Age gurus who have come to preach about love and tolerance
in today's violent world. Some may have reached the zenith of fame and
acceptance, while others silently continue their good work behind the
scenes. But each in their own individual ways do their bit towards helping
people evolve themselvesthey are the catalysts who trigger off spiritual
transformation among humanity.
Andrew Cohen Andrew
Cohen believes that bliss, is merely the tip of the iceberg which constitutes
our spiritual life. According to this New Age guru based in the US, who leads
a retreat every year in the picturesque and hilly Indian town of Rishikesh, 'true
spirituality' is what instigates us to give up everything for the 'whole'.
Born into an affluent Sindhi family, Asumal, the second amongst four
children, grew up to become one of the most endearing teachers of
our times. Meet Bapu Asaram, whose aim is to create a new society
where each realizes his responsibility.
Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani is a modern day spiritual master preaching
the philosophy of acceptance and the cultivation of the soul.
Deepak Chopra, orator,New Age guru, and a pioneer of body-mind-spirit
growth, teaches spirituality through quantum physics.
In this age of cynicism and fragmentation, one woman, born in an obscure
south Indian village to poor fisher folk, has mesmerized the world
with her potent message of active loving and giving. Amma, as she
is affectionately called, hugs the world and the world hugs her back
in tearful joy.
Mata Nirmala Devi, one of the most popular gurus of the modern times,
is known for her ability to give mass kundalini awakenings.
Pandurang Shastri Athavale, who won the 1996 Magsaysay Award for community
leadership, is a force to be reckoned with in his home state of Maharashtra
in India. He triggered off a socio-economic revolution of sorts with
his Swadhyaya movementwhich continues to carry his good work
Ramesh S. Balsekar
A banker-turned-Vedanta guru, Ramesh Balsekar gives a totally new
dimension to spiritual thought.
Rishi Prabhakar believes that non-doing is the best policy. Founder
of the Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) and an aeronautical engineer by profession,
he feels that this is the answer to mankinds problems. His school
of thought, already popular in urban India, is gradually making inroads
into the rest of the country.
Sri Sri Ravi
Charismatic, erudite, and eternally joyful, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar guides
the world on the real Art of Living.
Chidanand Saraswati Destined for becoming a guru right from childhood, Swami Chidanand
Saraswati went on to fulfill a lot more than that. Head of the Parmarth
Niketan, tucked away in the idyllic Himalayan hamlet of Rishikesh
in northern India, Muniji, as he is affectionately called, discharges
numerous social duties relentlessly. Least among them was the task
of supervising the entire compilation of the mammoth tomeEncyclopaedia
Swami Sukhbodhananda Taking an integrated approach to life is Swami Sukhbodhananda's
recipe for happiness. He is also the founder chairman of thePrasanna
Trust, Bangalore, India, which runs the popular LIFE (Living in FreedomAn
From weaving on the loom to weaving his way to the hearts of humanity,
the ninety year-old Coimbatore-based Vethathiri Maharishi has sought
to systematize the science of living. With the Maharishi, happiness,
health and prosperity can simply be realized when science blends itself
with philosophy. Based on Tamil Siddha philosophy, meditation, introspection
and self-realization, Vethathirium has given a new dimension to contemporary
philosophy, science and literature.