In the vast tapestry of spiritual wisdom and enlightenment, Bharata, ancient India, stands as a land that has witnessed the emergence of countless great saints, Yogis, and seers. These enlightened beings embarked on a profound quest for truth, discovering that Sanatana Dharma is the ultimate path for attaining enlightenment and moksha, liberation. Their journeys into the realms of spirituality unlocked timeless truths and left a lasting legacy that continues to inspire seekers to this day.
Of countless yogis, seers, and saints let’s begin with the one who has completely transformed the era with his profound knowledge and wisdom.
[His Holiness Aadi Shankara: The Reviver of Advaita Vedanta]
One of the most highly respected and accepted figure in Bharata’s spiritual history is Adi Shankara. Renowned for his efforts in reviving and reestablishing the principles of Advaita Vedanta, Shankara propagated the philosophy that ultimate reality is non-dual. He asserted that the individual soul, known as Atman, is identical to the supreme consciousness, Brahman. Shankara’s profound commentaries on ancient scriptures, such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Srimad Bhagwad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras, continue to guide spiritual seekers on the path to self-realization.
[Swami Vivekananda: The Torchbearer of Universal Spirituality]
Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, played a pivotal role in introducing the timeless teachings of Sanatana Dharma to the world. His famous address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 brought global attention to the universality and depth of Hindu philosophy. Vivekananda emphasized the harmony of religions and the unity of all beings, inspiring millions to explore the profound spiritual heritage of Bharata and embrace the ideals of Sanatana Dharma.
[Sri Ramana Maharshi: The Sage of Self-Inquiry]
Hailed as one of the greatest saints of the 20th century, Sri Ramana Maharshi embodied the path of self-inquiry and non-dualistic realization. Through his silent presence and teachings, Maharshi guided seekers to inquire into the nature of the self by posing the fundamental question, “Who am I?” He emphasized the direct path to self-realization, transcending intellectual knowledge, and experiencing the supreme truth within.
[Swami Sivananda: The Proponent of Integral Yoga]
Swami Sivananda, a highly revered saint, advocated for a holistic approach to spirituality, blending various paths of yoga. His teachings encompassed Karma Yoga, the path of selfless service; Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion; Raja Yoga, the path of meditation; and Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge. Swami Sivananda emphasized the importance of selfless action, divine love, and self-realization as the ultimate goal of human life.
[Paramahansa Yogananda: The Messenger of Kriya Yoga]
Paramahansa Yogananda, a spiritual luminary, introduced the ancient science of Kriya Yoga to the Western world. He sought to unite the teachings of the East and the West. Yogananda’s renowned book, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” offered profound insights into the spiritual journey, emphasizing the practice of meditation and the realization of one’s divine nature. His teachings continue to inspire countless seekers worldwide.
Well, there are countless yogis who keep inspiring not only this India but the whole world at large. In this video, we have added some of them’