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
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...
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
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
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
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
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...
Source: – @KolathurAshram Twitter Handle. To Read first part of the debate, Please click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bykNnlfeCOM&feature=youtu.be My Namaskars to everyone. Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific is everyone's question. I am making my views clear here. I am saying No, No, No! I am bound to explain why I said "No" thrice, in my second part. When you say Sankara Vedanta, there are two parts to it; Sankara and Vedanta. We have a fair idea of who Sankara is. Was there such a person called Sankara, did he live in the BC or in the 4th century AD? However, popular dates for his existence place him between 788 - 820 AD. Because stories about Sankara, his Sankara Digvijayam, stories of his victory, are like the Suras and Hadis in Islam. They cause embarassment. For a man to have
Source: - @KolathurAshram Twitter Handle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBffTkG3bN8 Topic of Debate: Is Sankara Vedanta Scientific ? Debaters: Shrimad. Chidanandapuri Swami, Shri. Ravichandran C. Venue: Womens Association Hall, Ernakulam, (13/04/2016). Organisers: Yuktivada Padana Kendram (Centre for Rationalism Studies). I call upon the former chairman of Yuktivada Pathana Kendram and program coordinator Shri. Babu G S to formally initiate the welcome proceedings of the program. **************** Friends, I invite all of you to this debate. All of you gathered here would have listened to and seen lots discourses and debates of Swami Chidanandapuri and Prof. Ravichandran. It was a long standing request for this debate from many of these people. We are very happy that you have chosen...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3A_IRrECkg After Swami Ramanand returned from his pilgrimage, he decided that this dangerous problem needs to be addressed at a different level. We will have to wage a cultural and spiritual war. That is why he broke away from his Guru Brother and started a new order. The order founded by him was essentially Hindu in nature, but he however moved away from the effete Hindu scholars, and made his own disciples. People in thousands became his disciples. There were no caste restrictions. Among the thousands who became his disciples, the 12 most prominent among them came to be known as “Dwadash Mahabhagwat” I request you to pay attention to the name “Dwadash Mahabhagwat”. Among those 12 prominent disciples was Kabir who was a manufacturer of stoves, the