Guru - Teachers of Humanity

Confession | Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910) or as we also know him - Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy – was a famous Russian writer and novelist at first, a cult figure in Russia and also in the world; But in his later years – he became also well known as spiritual and religious seeker, pacifist philosopher and educator; his role and influence may...

Swami Vivekananda | Life Story

This is the series of articles dedicated to legendary Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902) born as Narendra Nāth Datta – the beloved disciple of the great Bengal Saint Śrī Ramakrishna and the foremost leader and teacher of disciples after Ramakrishna’s passing away. Swami Vivekananda was among the first Vedāntic teachers who travelled several times to USA and England and other European...

Mirabai | Saint’s story

Mirabai - This is the Legendary life-story of the famous Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Krishna of 16th century – Mirabai, the author of hundreds of famous devotional poems and bhajans, the inspiration of many generations of bhakti yogis. Mirabai was listening to ber father's words and spoke in a sweet voice, “I have already chosen a husband for myself.” “Would you ask me...

Life of Śrī Ramakrishna

This series of articles are dedicated to the life-story and teachings of Shri Ramakrishna (18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886), born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay, a Bengali mystic and saint, the legendary devotee of Mother Kālī of Dakshineśwar, as also the founder Guru of Ramakrishna Math, the guru of the famous Swami Vivekananda, the teacher and probably the first successful ambassador of Vedanta teachings in the Western countries.

Swaminarayan | Life and Teachings

Swaminarayan (Svāmīnārāyaṇa, 3 April 1781 – 1 June 1830), also known as Sahajānand Swami, is the central figure in a modern tradition of Hinduism known as the Swaminarayan Hinduism, a form of Vaishnavism, founded and most popular in Gujarat state of India. Here, in the following pages, you can read the life-story of this distinguished Divine Personality, founder of a religious tradition and social reformer,...

Śrīvacana Bhūṣaṇa | Piḷḷai Lokācārya

Piḷḷai-lokācārya who preferred a solitary and tranquil residence moved to a temple of Lord Narasiṁha in the outskirts of Śrī Raṅgam and it was here that he delivered discourses on Dharma to all who would listen. He taught in a very simple and skilful manner which is reflected in his writings. Piḷḷai-lokācārya opposed all differences based upon, caste, gender, nationality etc. He exemplified the doctrine...

Śrīvacana Bhūṣaṇa | Piḷḷai Lokācārya

Piḷḷai-lokācārya who preferred a solitary and tranquil residence moved to a temple of Lord Narasiṁha in the outskirts of Śrī Raṅgam and it was here that he delivered discourses on Dharma to all who would listen. He taught in a very simple and skilful manner which is reflected in his writings. Piḷḷai-lokācārya opposed all differences based upon, caste, gender, nationality etc. He exemplified the doctrine...

Qualities of Guru according to Vedanta

The concept of the Guru is important to Indian civilization and culture. A guru is the essential necessity for the study of all sciences — art, sculpture, architecture, medicine, music, politics, law etc. and of course - for spirituality. The guru is not merely a teacher but also a guide, mentor, a surrogate parent, a role model and a friend. The term guru means “the...

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita

*/ Murāri Gupta (fl. 16th century) was a noted Bengali Vaishnava poet, a contemporary and close disciple of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya , also known as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (18 February 1486 – 14 June 1534), the founder and major inspiration of what is now known as Krishna Consciousness movement. Murāri Gupta is known to us as an author of the Sanskrit work - Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya...

Rāmānuja Ācārya – biography and legend

Rāmānuja is well-known as the great philosopher and ācārya of the Śrī Vaishnava sampradāya and expounder of Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedanta or philosophy of qualified non-dualism, the famous author of Śrī bhāṣya - the legendary commentary on Vedanta Sūtras and several other classical works on Vedanta, including Rāmānujācārya’s commentary on Bhagavad Gītā already made available on our website. It is description of the saintly life of one...