The knowledge of Yoga has always been handed down through enlightened masters (Gurus) in tradition therefore Yoga is also said to be imparted through tradition of masters. The term “tradition” means ever-existing total wisdom since time immemorial. However, a Guru does not necessarily guide an aspirant only in his physical presence but also in other incomprehensible ways beyond human logic. Guru is a Sanskrit word which means dispeller of darkness (ignorance). The enlightened Gurus in all faiths and nationalities have guided and helped mankind in the path of enlightenment. We revere them all as they all have the same message to convey. Nevertheless, we do mention here some of those who have inspired us in the path of Yoga. These are the real masters who lighted the light of truth. Hereunder are a few words about them.
Ramakrishna Paramhamsa – He was a great household saint of 19th century who practiced all faiths and revealed that each faith is a path to enlightenment. For more information about him and his great life story, please refer to Ramkrishna Paramhamsa. Hereunder are some of his sayings –
Maa Sharada – She (wife of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa) was a great household saint of 19th century who was the foundation of Ramakrishna movement after the premature departure of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. For more information about her and her life story please refer to Maa Sharada. Hereunder are some of her sayings –
Swami Vivekananda – One can’t remain without feeling electric shock into the veins when the words of this mighty genius are read and heard. He was the chief among all the disciples of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. He is also the first monk from India to sail to the USA in 1893 and established the glory of human life which universalised Yoga and spirituality. For more information about him and his life please refer to Swami Vivekananda. Hereunder are some of his the most explicit expositions –
Neem Karoli Baba – Popularly known by his devotees as Maharaj Ji, he was a great Guru and a devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman ji. His fame became international with a number of Americans who travelled to India in the 1960s and 70s, the most well-known among them are Ram Dass, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. He established a number of temples of God Hanuman Ji and instructed people in the path of Bhakti (unalloyed devotion) Yoga to God Ram. For more information about him and his great life story, please refer to Neem Karoli Baba. Hereunder are some of his sayings –
Swami Sivananda Saraswati – He was a great Guru who preached practical approach of Yoga and Vedanta applicable to everyone in the world. Born in Tamil Nadu, he worked as a physician in Malaya (Malaysia) for several years before accepting monasticism. He settled in Rishikesh where he founded the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936, Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and authored over 200 books on Yoga, Vedanta and a variety of subjects related to religion, philosophy, psychology, life, health and so on. He established Sivananda Ashram on the bank of mother Ganges in Rishikesh and lived most of his life there. He prepared many disciples to preach Yoga and Vedanta such as Swami Chidananda, Swami Krishnananda, Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati, Swami Satchidananda Saraswati, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Swami Sivananda Radha Saraswati, Swami Venkatesananda Saraswati, Vishnudevananda Saraswati and Swami Premananda. For more information about him and his great life story, please refer to Swami Sivananda. Hereunder are some of his sayings –
Swami Satyananda Saraswati – In the 21st century whenever there will be a discussion on Tantra and Yoga as applied science, the name of Swami Satyananda Saraswati will be greatly relevant. A direct disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh, he was an authority in all branches of Yoga. For more information about him and his life story, please refer to Swami Satyananda. Hereunder are some of his sayings –
Baba Shantananda – Baba Shantananda was a great master of 21st century who taught for 14 years as a wandering saint. In those years, he conducted 6 weeks Course at different places which included the essence of his teachings into 72 sermons. His direct disciple Sadhaka Naresh ji is still in the body to expound his teachings. A few of his sermons are hereunder –