Anandamayi Ma was one of the most influential spiritual luminaries of the Twentieth Century. She was the embodiment of a joyous self-sufficiency, which enraptured the hearts of all who came near her. Today she is widely recognized as a personality of great spiritual eminence. She was best described by Swami Sivananda as “the most perfect flower that the Indian soil has produced” .
She was the Teacher whose guidance was sought by the learned as well as the simple, the old and also children, people from different cultures and different traditional backgrounds. Her devotees ranged from Prime Ministers and Kings to great Saints and simple villagers, and people came from all over the world to sit at Her feet. Although virtually illiterate, she spoke with the power of direct experience and won all hearts by her sweetness and love. Her influence and blessing is still felt by those who turn to her in prayer.
Paramhansa Satyananda Saraswati (1923–2009)
ParamahamsaSatyanandaSaraswati, was a spiritual master and an enlightened Yogi.He founded theInternational Yoga Fellowship in 1956 and the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963. At the age of eighteen, he left his home and finally met his guru Swami SivanandaSaraswati in Rishikesh.
In 1956 after receiving the instruction from his Guru to spread yoga from door to door and shore to shore, Swami Satyananda wandered throughout India as a mendicant. He lectured and taught globally for the next twenty years. At the peak of his accomplishment, Swami Satyanandaji renounced all that he created. He handed the active work of the organization to his spiritual successor Swami NiranjananandaSaraswati. At Rikhia, Swami Satyananda conducted a 12-year RajasooyaYajna which began in 1995 with the first Sat ChandiMahaYajna, invoking the Cosmic Mother through a tantric ceremony.
During this event, he passed on his spiritual and sannyasasankalpa to Niranjanananda. On 5 December 2009, he attained samadhi at Rikhiapeeth, Jharkhand.
Pujya swami DayanandaSaraswati
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of western culture makes him that rare teacher who can communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners.
Hehas been teaching Vedanta in India for more than four decades, and around the world since 1976. Swamiji has spoken at many of the most prestigious American universities, and has addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations.
Under Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s guidance, numerous centers for Vedic teaching have been founded around the world. At present there are at least sixty centers in India and abroad that carry on the same tradition of Vedantic teaching.
A teacher of teachers, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati designed and taught seven resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months
Swami Veda Bharti
Swami Veda Bharati was born into a Sanskrit speaking family and raised in the centuries-old Sanskrit tradition. From the age of four he was schooled in traditional learning by his father, beginning with the Sanskrit grammar of Panini.
From the age of nine he was a popular child preacher in Northern India and captivated audiences with the depth of his knowledge and intuitive insight into the Vedas and other texts of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
He was initiated into one of the highest paths of meditation and yoga by his master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas in 1970.
In 1992 Swami Rama initiated him into sannyasa or monastic life and gave him the name Swami Veda. He is the spiritual director of SadhanaMandir (Swami Rama’s Ashram) and of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, both in Rishikesh, and spiritual guide of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun,Uttarakhand.
Swami Veda lectures on a wide variety of topics, can conduct lectures in ten languages and meditation in seventeen languages
Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. A poet, and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life.Born in central Vietnam he entered the monkhood at the age of sixteen and received the full ordination in 1949.
Zen Master ThichNhatHanh is perhaps most known for his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh continues to travelall over the world to lead retreats, and is based in Plum Village, France, the meditation community he founded, where he teaches, writes, and gardens.