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Yogis of India: Gyaneshwar

Yogis of India: Gyaneshwar

Great Yogis of India
  Gyaneshwar (1271 - 1296) Gyaneshwar was born in 1271 in Alandi, a small village near the Godavari River. His ancestors were from Pethan. His father, Vitthalpant, was unable to handle married life (as he was an ascetic with a holy disposition) and deserted the family for Benaras, where he sought refuge. However, Vitthalpant’s guru, Ramanand Swami found out about his family life. Vitthalpant was sent back home, where three additional children were born to his family. All four children became great spiritual leaders. Both parents passed away by the time Gyaneshwar was 16 years old. Gyaneshwar was a very talented person; he was enlightened, AND he was a yoga master, a spiritual leader, poet, and an intellectual. Gyaneshwar was initiated by his older brother, Nivrittinath. The latter wa
Yogis of India: Bhupendranath Sanyal

Yogis of India: Bhupendranath Sanyal

Great Yogis of India
Bhupendranath Sanyal (20 January 1877 - 18 January 1961) Shrimad Bhupendranath Sanyal Mahasaya was born in 1877 in Sadhana Para, a village in the district of Nadia in West Bengal, India. At almost two years old, his mother passed away, so he was left in the care of his maternal uncle, elder sister, and her husband. Nonetheless, he blossomed into a divine young man filled with inner joy and beauty, as he lived in the Brahmin family's spiritual environment. At the age of thirteen in 1890, his spiritual practice began upon his sacred thread ceremony and initiation into the Gayatri mantra by Shri Lahiri Mahasaya. This made him the youngest disciple, which meant that he spent a lot of time in the company of the older disciples, especially Swami Shri Yukteshvar. It was destined that these brot...
Yogis of India: Sri Sri Bama Khepa

Yogis of India: Sri Sri Bama Khepa

Great Yogis of India
Sri Sri Bama Khepa (Bamacharan Chattopadhyay) (1837–1911) Bama Khepa was born to a poor Brahmin family in the village of Atla near the Tarapith temple (Birbhum district) in West Bengal. Sarvananda Chatterjee, his father, and Brahmamoyee Devi or Rajkumari Devi, his mother, were very pious and religious people. His family included a brother and four sisters eventually. A sister was also very religious, earning the name Ksepsi. At birth, his father gave him the name Bamacara. The name Bama Khepa arose because he was seen by Tantrics to be mad, in a divine sense, as in “divinely mad,” a great one. One unique habit that Bama Khepa had was going into neighbors’ houses at night to take their images and or murtis (statues) of their deities, carrying them to a riverbank nearby. He would venerate
Yogis of India: Baba Lokenath Brahmachari

Yogis of India: Baba Lokenath Brahmachari

Great Yogis of India
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari (31 August 1730 – 2 June 1890) He was born as Lokenath Ghosal in Chaurasi Chakla, Barasat district, West Bengal to Kamaladevi and Ramnarayan Ghosal. Later in life, he was also known as Baba Lokenath. Lokenath means the Lord of Lokas (all the astral worlds) and the people who inhabit Earth. He was the fourth and youngest child. His parents followed the ancient tradition of dedicating one of the children to the sannyasa mode of life, dedicating him to divine service. He lived in Bengal and also in a village, Baradi, in Bangladesh. Baba Lokenath was 11 years old when he went to live with a householder yogī named Guru Bhagwan Ganguly, who lived in the nearby village Kochua. Gurudev could see the divinity within this child, so he took him on as his disciple and initi
Yogis of India: Bhagawan Avadhoot Nityananda

Yogis of India: Bhagawan Avadhoot Nityananda

Great Yogis of India
Avadhoot Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (Bade Baba) (November/December, 1897 – 8 August 1961) Bhagawan Nityananda was born in Koyilandy (Panthalayani), Kerala, South India in November or December of 1897. He was adopted by a farmer couple, Uniamma Nair and Chathu Nair and given the name Raman. Unfortunately, Uniamma and Chathu had passed on by the time he was six years old. The responsibility for his care was handed over to Ishwar Iyer, a wealthy lawyer who owned several farms which Nityananda's parents had worked on. In childhood, he was given the name Nityananda, which means “always in bliss.” He exhibited the unusual characteristic of being enlightened, in a spiritually-advanced state. When he reached his 20s, he was already wandering as a yogi, venturing into the Himalayas while studying yo
The Power of Meditation – BBC, Full Documentary

The Power of Meditation – BBC, Full Documentary

Kriya Yoga, Videos, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - 'Best Documentaries' YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QYOiRsKAyg The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
PROUD TO BE ‘EDUCATED’? – by Maria Wirth

PROUD TO BE ‘EDUCATED’? – by Maria Wirth

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Source: Maria Wirth Indians have brains. This news has spread by now. I read about an Indian girl in a school in U.S. who complained that her American peers expected her to excel simply because she was Indian. There are statistics which show that NRIs in U.S. are doing exceptionally well, that their percentage in organizations like NASA or Microsoft is far above average. I used to think that the Indian education system has something to do with it. But recently I realized that Indians are brainy and successful in spite of their education. This may be too much of a generalization. There are hopefully many institutes with good curricula and excellent faculty, especially in science and technology. Yet one thing is certain: general education in India can do with improvement, and urgently so. A ...
‘Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific?’ — A debate between Shri Chidanandapuri Swamigal and Shri C Ravichandran. (Part-4, with English Subtitle)

‘Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific?’ — A debate between Shri Chidanandapuri Swamigal and Shri C Ravichandran. (Part-4, with English Subtitle)

Advaita, Swami Chidanandapuri, Videos
Source: - Source: – @KolathurAshram Twitter Handle. To Read and watch the Third Part of the Debate, Please Click Here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14V4_STK5r8 Next is C Ravichandran, who will speak for 40 mins. There is a question if there is something called as Sankara's Vedanta. He explained his point. I will say that there definitely is such a Vedanta. The reason I say this is because if there is a stream of thought which says that Vedanta is the end of the Vedas, then to claim that Dvaita and Advaita is one, is very difficult. Advaita is the straight opposite of Dvaita. When both these are also Vedanta, then it is is important to raise Sankara's Vedanta as a separate stream. Because more than 20 pandits who wrote commentaries for the Brahmasutra, never found in it the kind of t
Yoga and Blood Pressure – How does it help? [Excerpt]

Yoga and Blood Pressure – How does it help? [Excerpt]

Health & Wellness, Yoga & Meditation
Source: MailOnline Here is an article about a smart young boy with a bright future ahead of him in medicine, yoga, and/or ayurveda.  He has determined through a small study and then a statistically significant study that there is a correlation between the reduction of blood pressure and the use of yoga or even simple breathing exercises to start with.  His smaller study of 60 participants was showcased at European Society of Cardiology congress in Munich.  He is now doing a larger studying with more participants to confirm the results from the smaller study.  Please read the article below. To Read Full Article Please Visit -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6112401/Yoga-eases-blood-pressure-drugs-new-research-reveals.html
‘Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific?’ — A debate between Shri Chidanandapuri Swamigal and Shri C Ravichandran. (Part-3, with English Subtitle)

‘Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific?’ — A debate between Shri Chidanandapuri Swamigal and Shri C Ravichandran. (Part-3, with English Subtitle)

Advaita, Swami Chidanandapuri, Videos
Source: - @KolathurAshram Twitter Handle. To Read and watch the Second Part of the Debate, Please Click Here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGIiNgUL6HI Aum, Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Mahesvaraha, Gurusakshath Parambrahma, Tasmayishri Guruve Namaha. Aum Sadashiva Samaarambhaam, Sankaracharya Madhayam, Asmadacharya Paryantam, Vande Guru Paramparaam. Aum. "Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific" This is the title of this debate that is being organised by Yuktivada Pathana Kendram. Vedanta in the paramarthika realm is not a subject for debate or discussion. However, at the worldly level, it is a subject that can certainly be a matter of debate, or discussion or argument. Anyway, will start by explaining the circumstances that brought Swami Chidanandapuri, the individual, to this event. A per...