Spiritual Voices Of India
India is the cradle for spiritualism and religious growth from time immemorial. One will find all religions co-existing harmoniously and contributing to ones evolution since ages. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism have roots in India and have spread worldwide. Islam & Christianity have deep rooted influence on our lives under the influence of various dynasties and rulers of bygone eras. In the present day modern India, all the religions grow and exist harmoniously and contribute meaningfully towards the evolution of a mature society. This maturity, understanding, belief and practices has resulted in the composite growth of culture, history and architecture here. These practices are all too visible in the poetry, literature, publications, artwork, customs, paintings, jewelry, cuisine and mindset of people as well. The spiritualism and religion of India adds meaning to ones desire for peace, inner evolution and quest for excellence towards God and mankind.
The blessed land of gods and saints is seeing a new surge of spiritualism. The gurus market is catching up. In this fast paced life, people are turning to spirituality for solace. Foreigners too are flocking to the land of Buddha and Gandhi. Many foreigners associate India with yoga, tantra, meditation and spiritualism. If one talks of spiritual channels alone, the market is huge in India. Everybody is looking for redemption in this fast paced life in some form or other. The highly esteemed spiritual gurus and ashrams have become the need of the hour. Never before was spiritualism such a sought after industry in India. People are seeking divine intervention in all spheres of life today. Contemporary lifestyle and accelerated stress levels are inviting people to participate in yoga and meditation camps organized for over all health benefits. More and more people are drifting towards spiritualism and related studies. Spiritualism is the latest craze these days. Being spiritual is considered to be sophisticated and elite. It has become a fashion statement with people these days. Yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic healing have become a style quotient.
Anyone interested in the spirituality and mediation looks for a Guru or a teacher who can guide him in the right direction. The land of India is full of Gurus, spiritual as well as religious. These are some of the people who have promoted spirituality, meditation, love, peace, brotherhood, serving others and other such humanitarian values to people in India and the rest of the world in recent times:
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the creator of the transcendental form of meditation, along with being the leader of the Transcendental Meditation Movement. He is one of the most renowned spiritual Gurus of India.
Swami Chinmayananda is counted amongst the most notable spiritual leaders in India. He was considered as an authority on the ancient Indian scriptures, especially the sacred Bhagwad Gita and the Upanishads.
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is one of the most loved and most respected spiritual leaders in India. Fondly known as Amma, she has only one aim in life, which is to provide people with her supreme guidance
Baba Ramdev is a renowned Yoga teacher. Through the medium of television, he has taken the art of yoga to each and every household far and wide. He is the host of a program named 'Divya Yog' that airs on Aastha TV everyday
Sathya Sai Baba
A great spiritual leader, Sri Sathya Sai Baba preaches the path of spirituality to one and all. His main aim in life is to serve the mankind and provide them with proper guidance.
Osho was one of the most renowned as well as most controversial spiritual leaders of his times. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Guru Paramahansa Yogananda was one of the distinguished yogis of India. He was the one responsible for taking the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to the western countries.
Disciple of Bhagavan Nityananda. Swami Muktananda was the founder of Siddha Yoga. In the 1970s, on behalf of his guru Bhagavan Nityananda, Muktananda brought the tradition of Siddha Yoga to the West, giving shaktipat initiation to thousands of spiritual seekers. He wrote a number of books on the subjects of Kundalini Shakti, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a famous spiritual leader of India. His teachings are universal and focussed on something as ubiquitous as breath, away from any dogmatic beliefs. Already, he presides over a spiritual empire that’s spread over 140 countries and travels to nearly 40 countries each year. He has been welcomed into mosques, he has addressed churches and he has touched hearts.
A self-realized Hindu spiritual guru, Bapu is also known as Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu. Traveling extensively in India and abroad, he preaches the message of Vedanta, Yoga, divine love, Bhakti (devotion), and Mukti (salvation) through his teachings and Satsangs.
Bharat Thakur is one of the spiritual masters of India who have received international recognition. The founder of Artistic Yoga, he has numerous meditation workshops to his credit.
Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga, is one of the most popular fitness gurus in Hollywood. He is also the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India.
The full name of BKS Iyengar, one of the most renowned yoga gurus in the whole world, is Belur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar. Popularly known as Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, he is man who founded the Iyengar Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo was one of the most talented as well as prolific spiritual leaders of India. Along with that, he was a brilliant writer, who published 68 volumes of sophisticated literary knowledge.
A gift for oratory and flair for words, coupled with a thorough grounding in the Indian tradition has helped him reach where he has in USA. His success can be attributed to his single-minded focus on spreading ancient Vedantic wisdom in a contemporary idiom and style.
Sant Morari Bapu
Sant Morari Bapu was a child prodigy who started learning the great epic Ramayana at the early age of five from his grandfather. By the age of 12 he mastered the entire Ramacharit manas and was able to recite it by heart. He performed Ramayan recitals in many countries and such places as Manasarovar in the Himalayas.
Shree Maa, a Hindu Mystic, teaches that every home is an ashram, a place of worship, every resident is a priest or priestess, and that all acts of life can be service to God and expressions of devotion. Life itself is worship. It was in the early eighties that Shree Maa, in communion with her guru Ramakrishna Patramahamsa, moved to America to share divine love and to teach the meaning of dharma.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
The founder of Sahaja Yoga, she is worshipped as the incarnation of the Adi Shakti. In 1980 Nirmala Devi first toured Europe spreading Sahaja Yoga and in 1981 she toured Malaysia, Australia and North America. Until 2004, during her travels, Nirmala Srivastava gave numerous public lectures, pujas, and interviews to newspapers, television and radio.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
An Indian yogi and mystic, he is the founder of Isha Foundation which administers yoga centers around the world, including India and the United States. Project GreenHands and initiative to plant 114 million saplings in Tamil Nadu State is spearheaded by Jaggi Vasudev. The project entered the Guinness Book of World Records for planting the maximum number of tree saplings on a single day. Vasudev was a key participant in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie.
The list of such spiritual gurus keeps growing.
As India turns 60, an open invitation to shape a new global order is awaiting India’s affirmative response. One only has to go by reports of how the world is lapping up Indian spirituality to find that elusive magic formula for peace. The popularity abroad of the formula of yoga, pranayama and meditation confirms that paranoia about Indian spirituality is gradually giving way to a sense of appreciation and acceptance. The credit for this shift in the global perception must go to New Age gurus with mass followings who travel across the globe to articulate ancient Indian wisdom in simple and pragmatic style. Their approach makes spirituality looks more acceptable and appealing. The spiritual ambassadors have proved that spirituality transcends all barriers of race, creed, nationality and religion. The red carpet welcome Indian spiritual gurus are receiving proves that the global demand for Indian spirituality is picking up by the day, and more and more people across the world are attracted towards the spiritual voices of India.