- List of teachers of Advaita Vedanta
Advaita Vedanta has had many teachers over the centuries in
Indiaand other countries. This article lists some of the major teachers. Adi Shankaracharya was the most prominent in the tradition of Advaita Vedantato formulate its doctrine in his many works.
ages and saints
* Shri Dattatreya
* Shri Ashtawakra
Recent Jagadgurus of Peethams
Sringeri Sharada Peetham
**Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharathi Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of
Sringeri Sharada Peetham[http://www.sringeri.net] (1865-1912); a realised Yogi; initiated many into Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy including Sacchidanandendra Saraswati- founder of Adhyatma Prakashana Karyalaya ;known as "Abhinava Shankara" because of his many tours around Bharatvarsha spreading the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and Hindu Dharma
**Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of
Sringeri Sharada Peetham(1912-1954); A well known Jivanmukta; said to be one of the greatest saints ever to take birth in India
**Sri Abhinavavidya Tirtha Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of
Sringeri Sharada Peetham(1954-1989); A great Yogiand master of scriptures; blessed with realisation early in life; In His many tours of Bharatvarsha and also Nepal He established many maths, shrines and temples.
**Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of
Sringeri Sharada Peetham(1989- );A distuinguished sage and present Jagadguru of Shringeri Peetha, Sringeri, Karnataka.
Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
**Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji Jagadguru of Kanchi
Other prominent teachers
TotapuriMaharaj, One of the Dasanamiorder " sanyasis" who initiated Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsainto Advaita Vedanta.
* Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) well-known modern proponent of Advaita; the primary source book, "Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna" ("Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita"), was written by an eyewitness devotee
Mahendranath Gupta. It documents his later life and conversations with disciples and devotees and serves as the key reference for his philosophy and teachings
* Shri Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950) the silent sage of
Tamil Naduwho had a profound realization of nonduality
* Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, wrote books on four Hindu
Yogas: Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yogaand Raja Yoga. The "Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda" contains a complete collection of transcribed lectures. He spoke at the Parliament of the World's Religionsin Chicagoin 1893.
* Sri Narayana Guru (1856-1928)- Vedic scholar, mystic philosopher, prolific poet and social reformer, from the present-day
Sri Aurobindo(1872–1950) Bengali philosopher-sage who synthesized Advaita thought with Western philosophical theories of evolution.
* Sri Swami Tapovan Maharaj - A "
* Sri Swami Sivananda (1887—1963), Divine Life Society. Bestowed "
samyasa" initiation of Swami Chinmayananda, scholar, and author of over 300 books on Hinduism, many available on the web.
Swami Karpatri(1905-1980), a well-known " sannyasi" of Varanasi
* Shri Swami Chinmayananda "
Jnana diksha" bestowed under Sri Swami Tapovan Maharaj in Uttarkashi. Disciples founded the Chinmaya Mission. 'Chinmaya' = "pure consciousness of bliss".
* Shri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, (c. 1824-1883) a contemporary Advaitin who united disparate Hindu sects under a single body known as the
* Swami Dayananda Saraswati, (c.1930-) originally student of Chinmaya above. He has set up many traditional gurukula (vedanta schools) in India and Western countries.
Sacchidanandendra Saraswati, a profound Advaitin and the founder of the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalayain Holenarasipura
* Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj A twentieth-century master of
* Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi (c. 1838-1918), a great philosopher of
Maharashtrawho propagated the oneness of God and urged harmony amongst the various religions.
Sathya Sai Baba(1926-today) - a great guru from Andhra Pradeshbelieved by his followers to be the next incarnation of Sai of Shirdi and an Avatarof God
* Shri Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Mediation programme and movement, which have practices and philosophy firmly routed in the Advaita tradition. The TM initiation "puja" references Adi Shankara and the monastery set up by his devotee
Totakacharyaat Jyotir Math. This was the same monastery re-established by Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Maharishi's master, often referred to as "Guru Dev."
Sri H.W.L. Poonja(1910-1997), or " Papaji“. Disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, he denied being part of any formal tradition, and remained always available, welcoming newcomers to his home and satsangs.
Satguru Samartha Madhurinath(1958-today) - a great guru from Maharashtrabelieved by her followers to be the next incarnation of Atreya Datta and an Avatarof God
Maitreya Ishwara(1949-today) - transformative blend of meditation, advaita-based teaching and high energy
Tibbetibaba- Hindu BengaliSaint whose life was based on both Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana principles.
Bhagavan- Hindu Bengali(1942-today) - Amidst the dusty storm of worldly desires full of frustration, cruelty and corruption, Bhagavan, the Supreme Lord has descended - the embodiment of Truth, Supreme Knowledge and Divine Love. Born on 3rd January, 1942, the life of Bhagavan stands out singularly in the world of Spirituality - a life which witnesses the wonderful amalgamation of a heart which loves to engulf the whole mankind. 'Bhagavan' Himself is the core of the [http://www.ivsweb.org/index.html International Vedanta Society]
Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
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