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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich_Nhat_HanhBorn in 1926, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's leading meditation teachers. His life and teachings have deeply influenced millions of people. He joined the monkhood at the age of 16.  Exiled from Vietnam, he traveled to the U.S. where he made the case for peace. Martin Luther King, Jr nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has published more than 100 books. Nhat Hanh offers a practice of "mindfulness" that is beneficial for people of all faiths, by helping us resist and transform the speed and violence of our modern society.

He has also been a leader in the Engaged Buddhism movement (he coined the term), promoting the individual's active role in creating change.


Amit Ray

Amit Ray MeditationAmit Ray born in 1960 is an Indian author whose teachings and writings on meditation, yoga and compassion deeply influenced people across the world. He showed a spiritual tendency and heightened awareness right from the age of 8 years. From his childhood, he learnt meditation from the wandering monks and ascetics who happened to pass by their village farmhouse. He was a meritorious student. He did his engineering from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, University of Calcutta. He did his M.Tech and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His first deep realization occurs at Thornton Heath, London. While he was working in a corporate job in London, many uncommon mystical experiences happened to him.

He is famous across the world for peace, love, compassion, and positive vibrations. He is an author and a great philanthropist. His words give inspiration to millions. His work has huge impact to improve the dignity and the worth of humanity. He is strong advocate of non-violence as the way for peace. He has the courage of his convictions. He is promoting peace not only in his country but across the world. By his words and efforts Amit Ray helped to make the world a better and safer place.

With a scientific bent of mind, he undertook meditation practices of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, without being entangled in the dogmatic views and rituals. He pursued a dedicated search for the truth in their cottage on the high mountain in a Himalayan village, undergoing intense spiritual practices of deep meditation and silence. From 2004 to 2010 he went for long silence meditation in Uttarkashi, Himalaya. His deeper realization of cosmic God consciousness happens at Uttarkashi and Gomukh.

He experienced a series of powerful and profound awakening, which revealed to him the true nature of human reality and existence. Realizing the liberating truth, he started sharing his wisdom and spreading spiritual knowledge and serving mankind.

His work is helping to awaken the conscience of the people across the world. He addresses these issues with extraordinary vigor, integrity and selflessness. A man of greatness of spirit, he works for the fellow human beings to live in freedom and happiness.


Adi Shankaracharya

adi shankaracharyaBorn in 788 AD in a village called Kaladi in Kerala Adi Shankaracharya was a philosopher of the greatest renown because he brought new life to the Vedas and restored them to their ancient glory. He revived Vedanta at a time when Vedanta philosophy was going through a period of darkness due to the excesses of ritualistic practice. His correct interpretations saw a revival in the status of the Vedas and so he was able to successfully advocate Advaita Vedanta. He founded the Dashanami monastic order and believed in worship of the Shanmata tradition. He established four Adi Shankaracharya Peeths and devoted one of the Vedas to each:

  1. South - Sarada Peetha, Sringeri
  2. East - Govardhana Peetha, Jagannath Puri
  3. West - Kalika Peetha, Dwaraka
  4. North - Jyothir Peetha, Badrinath

Swami Satyananda


Born in 1923 at Almora, Uttarakhand Swami Satyananda showed a spiritual tendency and heightened awareness right from the age of 6 years. In 1943 he left home and came in contact with Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and the Swami initiated him into the Dashnami Sannyas. Satyananda performed such intense nishkam seva that he was able to realize the secrets of spirituality. He studied yoga, tantra and Vedanta and kundalini yoga in such a through fashion that he founded the new Bihar School of Yoga in 1963 and became the pioneer of this yoga practice.


Swami Sivananda

swami sivanandaBorn in 1887 at Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1887 Swami Sivananda was a Doctor in Malaysia but he renounced his medical practice in 1924 when Swami Vishwananda Saraswati initiated him into Dashnami Sannyasa. He practiced intense sadhana, yoga and learnt the scriptures. He became a wondering monk and toured the length and breadth of India. Wherever Sivananda went he tried to awaken the moral and spiritual consciousness of people. In 1936 he founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh with the main aim of spreading spiritual knowledge and serving mankind. Being a doctor he started the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945.