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Sri Swami Vivekananda

Inspirer Swami Vivekanand
Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), was a Hindu monk of highest spiritual realisation and chief disciple of the 19th-century Saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He was the major force behind raising interfaith awareness in the west, Revival of Hinduism in India and bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion. He was the first person to give the concept of nationalism in colonial India, which became the driving force in freedom movement and was a hero to every freedom fighter.

He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with,”Sisters and brothers of America …” in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. But if you really want to know his contribution to humanity, which is influencing the people to the core and creating world leaders. Sri Aurobindo,Rabindranath tagore,Romain Rolland,Max Muller(Philosopers). Mahatma Gandhi and Anni Besant (Social Reformers). Nikola Tesla, Helmholtz, Lord Kelvin and Jagdish Chandra Bose (Scientists). To name a few of his gems for the world. He is also the First person to give the concept of “Head Heart Hand” and “Serve Love Give”, in words and in action also, which till date are the most influencial phrases and used by many spiritual leaders since then..

Sri Adi Shankaracharya

Inspirer Shri Adi Sankaracharya
 Born in the 8th Century AD Adi Shankaracharya is recognized to be the undisputed spiritual leader of India, and propagated the Advaita Vedanta philosophy which leads directly to the experience of higher life and spiritual experiences. During the course of his life, he established the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition in order to unify the various and diverse groups of Sannyasins, which were scattered throughout the country, under the banner of Sanatana Dharma.Dashnami Sannyasins still continue to convey his eternal message of the synthesis of all beliefs culminating in Advaita, the monistic vision of reality in which all things are understood, ultimately to lead to lightness of heart, which is the symptom of enlightenment.

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Inspirer Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati 
Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born at Pattamadai, (Tamil Nadu) in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor in Malaya, he renounced his practice to search for Guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He settled in the sacred valley of Rishikesh and was initiated into the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati of Shringeri Mutt.
In subsequent years Swami Sivananda wrote over two hundred books and articles on Yoga and spirituality. The purpose of which is to maintain and introduce Yogic Values in the minds of the general public. His emphasis was on breaking down the barriers which separated the needy from the teachings that could help them, whether this took the form of Yoga for health, peace of mind or spiritual aspiration. This ideology continues to guide the work of the Satyananda branch of his lineage.

To this end Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati toured India extensively, inspiring people to practice Yoga and lead a divine life. He founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936, the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945, the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and the Sivananda Eye Hospital in 1957 and attained Mahasamadhi on 14th July 1963.

As a major spiritual voice of Modern times, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati guided thousands of spiritual seekers, disciples and aspirants all over the world.

Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Inspirer Satyananda Saraswati
Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) was born in Almora (North India). In 1943, he traveled to Rishikesh, where he met Swami Sivananda and took initiation into the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition. For the next twelve years he immersed himself fully in ashram life, working and training under Swami Sivananda. In 1955 he departed from the ashram to wander throughout India as a Parivrajaka (wandering mendicant), in search of his life’s mission. Inspired by Swami Sivananda’s integral approach to yoga, he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement (1956) and Bihar School of Yoga (1963). These two institutions formed a firm base for the dissemination of yoga. In later years, he also founded the Yoga Research Foundation (1984) and the charitable institution, Sivananda Math (1984) in memory of his guru.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, Swami Satyananda developed his unique system of yoga, which became famous as ” Satyananda Yoga” or “Bihar Yoga” and traveled the world to spread his teachings. At the same time he conducted medical and scientific research into the benefits and various applications of Yoga. This research formed the material for over eighty books on Yoga, Tantra and Spirituality. As a result, Yoga gained universal appeal and acceptance as a system that could uplift humanity, addressing the needs of a wide cross-section of society.

In 1988, Swami Satyananda retired from public life to adopt the life of a Paramhamsa, the highest stage of spiritual dedication, where the Sannyasins remain immersed in universal consciousness before moving to Rikhia (Jharkhand, India), an underprivileged rural area, where he lived in seclusion and performed many higher sadhanas. As result of his sadhana, he entered into a new phase of service to humanity – to actively uplift the local rural community. He achieved this aim through the expansion of Sivananda Math with the ongoing support of his many dedicated followers and disciples. He also conducted the Rajasooya Yajna (which was held for twelve consecutive years) for the peace, welfare and prosperity of all.

On 5th December 2009, Swami Satyananda entered the exalted state of Mahasamadhi. He consciously departed from the physical body at the time of his choosing. Thousands of followers and well-wishers traveled to Rikhiapeeth during the following weeks to pay homage to this great spiritual master. His teachings and example continue to inspire and encourage people from all continents to live a yogic life.


Sri Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Inspirer Swami-niranjanananda

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) in 1960. Guided by his Guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati from birth, at the age of four he came to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences in the state of yoga nidra. In 1971 he was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa Tradition, and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas, mastering skills in varied areas, acquiring an understanding of different cultures and helping establish Satyananda Yoga ashrams and centers in Europe, Australia, North and South America.
At the behest of his Guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a Paramhamsa Sannyasin and in 1995 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the Yoga Publications Trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children’s yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to steering the activities at Munger, he traveled extensively to guide seekers around the world till 2009, when he received the command to embark on a new phase of Sannyasa life. Author of many classic books on Yoga, Tantra and the Upanishads, Swami Niranjananda is a charismatic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he continues to nurture and spread his Guru’s mission from his base at Munger.