Patanyali (3rd century BC), wrote the Sanskrit text Yoga Sutra, which laid the foundations of yoga.
Patanyali (3rd century BC), wrote the Sanskrit text Yoga Sutra, which laid the foundations of yoga.
Sankara: He is the main representative of advaita-vedanta in his time (788-820 AD), who was seen as an incarnation of Siva. He composed numerous works, including The Supreme Jewel of Discernment and Direct Realization.
Swami Ramalinga: He was born in 1823 and died in 1874. He described in detail the science of immortality or ascension in his philosophy known as The Perfect Path to God (Suddha Saanmarga). His most important work is The Divine Song of Grace.
Ramakrishna (1836-1886), a bhakti yogui which brought a rebirth to yoga in India. Devotee of the goddess Kali and teacher of Advaita Vedanta, he preached that "all religions lead to the same goal." His disciples worshiped his wife, Sarada Devi, as the reincarnation of the divine Mother Kali. His teaching and message can be found in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrisna.
Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (May 10, 1855 - March 9, 1936) was a Bengali yogi, jyotisha (Vedic astrologer), and propagator of the Bhagavad gita and a particular vision of the Bible Christian.
Swami Vivekananda: He was born in Calcutta in 1863. His written work was compiled under the title Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. He was the most important disciple of Ramakrisna. On July 4, 1902, of his own free will, Vivekananda entered samadhi and left his body.
He is known for introducing the doctrine of yoga in the West, as well as an invigorating Hinduism in a contemporary context during the problems of freedom in India.
Sri Aurobindo: He was a Hindu saint born in Calcutta (1872-1950). He was the author of numerous works on yoga and the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita. He developed purna-yoga or integral yoga, which seeks to unite the ascent to divine consciousness with the descent of the divine principle to matter.
Mother (1878-1973) Mirra Alfassa She was the spiritual companion of Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950).
Among the projects carried out by La Madre, it is worth highlighting the laboratory city of Auroville, founded in 1968, whose experience continues to develop today.
Ramana Maharshi: One of the greatest representatives of modern India's advaita-vedanta (1879-1950). At 17 years of age he launched, without the help of any teacher, the consciousness of identity with the absolute (Brahman). His work can be seen in Who am I ?, Inquiry of the Self and Spiritual Instruction. On his life you can consult the work Bhagavan Ramana.
Swami Ramdas: One of the purest representatives of the devotional mystical path or bhakti yoga (1884-1963). His spiritual pilgrimage described him in In quest of God.
Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), teacher of spirituality, coming from a family of sages, ascetics and scholars in India. Founder of the Divine Life Society in 1936 and the Forest Academy of Yoga-Vedanta in 1948, he lived most of his life in Rishikesh (India), then served as a physician in Malaysia. He believed that illness was a problem of the soul and saw the cure in the practice of yoga. He wrote 300 books on yoga, religion, spiritualism, Hinduism, morals, hygiene, and health. He was a pioneer in bringing yoga to the West. His motto was: “Serve. Love Give away. Meditate Purifies Makes". One of his disciples was Swami Satchidananda.
Jiddu Krishnamurti: (1895-1986) Chosen in his childhood by the Theosophical Society to make him the new Teacher of the World, he later left it to dedicate himself to giving talks and conferences around the world. He is the author of numerous works.
Paramahamsa Yogananda: (1893-1952). He founded the Self-realization fellowship institute in Los Angeles. Over time, numerous subsidiaries of the S.R.F. both in the United States and in Europe, where the kriya yoga proposed by Yogananda is taught.
Anandamayi Ma: She is considered the most impressive enlightened saint of the 20th century (1896-1982). During her life he showed interest in the spiritual path only. Within six years she traveled all the yoga paths that lead to spiritual enlightenment, without a teacher or study of the sacred scriptures. A selection of sayings of the saint can be read in the book Words of Sri Anandamajy Ma.
Nisargadatta Maharaj: He was born in Bombay (1897-1981). He received instruction from the Guru from him and soon began to have visions and fall into a trance. These primary manifestations soon ceased giving way to the absorption of his consciousness into the one Reality that he is. He taught until the end of his life and several books of his teachings were published, including: I am That, The Ultimate Medicine, and The Definitive Teachings.
Gopi Krishna: (1903-1985). He experienced a powerful awakening of kundalini energy that kept him for years between the most painful crises and moments of extreme enlightenment and ecstasy, culminating in the final balanced entry to a higher level of consciousness. He founded the Central Institute for Kundalini Research and wrote numerous books, the most famous of which is Kundalini (the yoga of energy).
Swami Muktananda: (1908-1983). Born in South India, he took the path of Siddha-yoga; he also taught in the West and is venerated as a holy personage. In 1947 he met his guru, Swami Nityananda, and later he led the Gurudeva asram near Bombay. He wrote many books before he died.
Hari Vansh Lal Poonja He was an Indian religious, propagator of the Advaita Vedanta doctrine (of Hinduism). He was born on October 13, 1910 in Panjab (now Pakistan, formerly India) and died on September 6, 1997 in Lucknow (India). He called himself "The Lion of Lucknow" and Papaji ("daddy", affectionate nickname).
After having had several profound spiritual manifestations as a child, Sri H. W. L. Poonja always had a desire to see God. As a traditional Western Punjabi householder, he traveled through India and asked sages and gurus for advice in finding God. Poonjaji's search ended in 1944, when he met Ramana Maharshi.
Osho: He is considered an enlightened teacher who was born in Kuchwada (1931-1990). At the age of 21 he reached enlightenment. After enlightenment he graduated from Saugar University with honors in philosophy. He was a professor of philosophy for nine years and spent many years of his life studying the important spiritual traditions of the world and contemporary psychology. He is the author of a huge work published in many books.
Satyha Sai Baba: Born in 1926, he is considered by his devotees as the second of three incarnations of the avatar of love. Most of Sai Baba's discourses have been published in eleven volumes under the title Menajes de Sathya Sai. Apart from these volumes, a large number of books have been published with his message and teaching.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), he taught at the Mysore Palace from 1924 to 1957, then in Madras until his death in 1989. He was the teacher of three influential yogis who spread their ideas around the world.
Indra Devi (1899-2002) was part of Russian royalty, was educated in the West, studied in India under Krishná NâmaĀchārya only after the maharash (king) forced the guru to accept a woman in his ashram. She was a celebrity in Hollywood as a guru of movie stars, she passed away in Argentina.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois July 26, 1915 to May 18, 2009 Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who developed the popular and gymnastic style of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga or Ashtanga Yoga 1948 Jois established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (now known as the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute Shri K), in Mysore, India. He was also a student of Tirumalai Krishnamachay.
Yogi Bhajan (the closest Spanish pronunciation being: Yogi Bhayan), left his physical body on Wednesday October 6, 2004 due to heart complications He was 75 years old
Yogi Bhajan, was in life and now it is through Kundalini Yoga, a source of inspiration and knowledge and a guide towards the perfect balance between material and spiritual reality. It has influenced the lives of millions of people around the world by providing them with the tools to lead happy lives.
Yogi Bhajan was the first to teach Kundalini Yoga and White Tantra Yoga in the West. In September 1968 he began teaching in North America. After several years he created several organizations in the United States (3HO, KRI, IKYTA and Sikh Dharma International) with their respective headquarters in various parts of the rest of the world. The spread of Kundalini Yoga in the last forty years has been impressive, as is Kundalini Yoga's ability to transform lives.
Harbhajan Singh Yogi Ji was born on August 26, 1929 in Kot Harkarn, now in Pakistan. He studied with various spiritual teachers. From a very young age he mastered the yogic technique, Tantra Yoga and gong meditation under the direction of Sant Hazara Singh, Mahan Tantric at that time. He also trained with Acharya Narinder Dev in Hatha Yoga. From the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh he was inspired by the Vedanta philosophy. He studied different religions, scriptures, and sacred techniques. He graduated in Economics in India and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California (UCLA). He became the head of the Sikh Dharma of the West with the title of Siri Singh Sahib. He was the last Tantric Mahan.
There are many biographies and anecdotes of Yogi Bhajan, however meeting a spiritual master is not easy; he replied, “I am my teachings. Read them, practice them, and you will know me. "
Mooji was born Anthony Paul Moo-Young on January 29, 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned Advaita Master, or Papaji, as his followers call him. In 1987, an unexpected meeting with a young Christian mystic was a life-changing encounter for him. In a short period of time he underwent a radical shift in consciousness so profound that he outwardly seemed, to many who knew him, a completely different person.
As his spiritual consciousness awakened, a deep inner transformation began that revealed itself in the form of many miraculous experiences and mystical understanding. Soon after, he began a life of silent simplicity and surrender to the will of God as it manifested itself spontaneously within himself. A great peace entered his being and has remained ever since.
At the end of November 1993, he traveled to Indira Nagar in Lucknow to meet Papaji. It was an auspicious and deeply meaningful experience on her spiritual path… she gradually recognized that Papaji was her guru. During one Satsang meeting in particular, Papaji told him: "If you wish to be one with Truth, 'You' must totally disappear"… Through Papaji's grace, his mind was pushed back into the void of Source.
In 1994 he traveled to Sri Ramanasramam in Tiruvannamalai. This is the ashram at the foot of Arunachala, the "hill of fire", where Sri Ramana Maharshi, the "Sage of Arunachala" and guru of Papaji, had lived and taught. He stayed there for almost three months before sitting down again at Papaji's feet.
«That principle that manifests as the Master is always here and now. The true Master never dies, it is the Lord who dies. The true Master, that inner Sat Guru, is the only Real.
Eckhart Tolle (born 1948) is a contemporary writer and spiritual teacher of German origin. He was born Ulrich Tolle in Germany. He lived with his father in Spain from age 13 (in 1961) until he moved to England at age 20.
He stopped receiving a formal education from the age of 13, although he did study languages and other subjects. She attended night school to meet the admission requirements to enter English universities. He studied at the Universities of London and Cambridge. Since 1996 Tolle has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Tolle claims to have experienced a spiritual awakening at age 29, after suffering from long periods of depression.
With his deep and simple teachings Eckhart has helped countless people around the world to find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of his thinking is the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution.
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also known to her followers as Mother (Amma) (born September 27, 1953), by the name of Sudhamani Idamannel in the small town of Parayakadavu (today practically known as Amritapuri), near Kollam, Kerala. She is recognized worldwide for her enormous charitable work and revered by some as a Mahatma (Great Soul) or as a living saint.
Amma was born into a fishing family. She stopped going to school at age nine, and began taking care of her little siblings and her family's housework throughout the day. From these humble beginnings she began her path towards "universal motherhood", which has led her among other merits to the Millennium Peace Summit, UN General Assembly 2000, New York.