Saints of India

India has been the home of numerous saints and sages from Vedic times.  In recent times, we had saints like Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramakrishna, Mother Teresa – to mention a few.

Let’s have a look at some of the famous saints of India

 Adhi Shankara

 adhi shankara

Born in a pious and devout family in a village called Veliyanad near Kalady, this divine child had accomplished the phenomenal task of composing his first book at the mere age of six.  At the age of eight he obtained Sannyas.  Upon completion of his studies, Shankara with the blessings of his Guru, took upon himself the monumental task of writing Bhaasyas (commentaries) on the Vedantic texts such as the Bhagawad Gita, Upanishads and Brahma Sutras.  He composed inspiring works such as Bhaja Govindam, Atma Bodh, Tattva Bodh, Dhakshinamoorthy stotram and Vivekchoodamani, etc.  By the time he was 32 years, he had single-handedly revived the Hindu Culture and brought 75 different schools of thought under his Advaita philosophy.  He was not just a mere personality he was an institution.

 Basaveswara

 basaveswara

He broke the custom of writing religious and ethical texts in Sanskrit and poetry form and began to write them in Kannada and in prose form called Vachana.    He brought a great reformation in the fields of religion, social life, language and literature.  He formed a new spiritual institution called Anubhava Mantapa.  Piety and character alone was required of anyone who came into Anubhava Mantapa and they were given a Linga to show that all were equal in the eyes of God.

 Bharadwaja

 bharadwaja

He was a saint of the Vedic period who attained extraordinary power of meditation.  He acquired extensive knowledge of the vedas and did severe tapas.  He always stood like a fortress protecting good and righteous people at all times.  He had extraordinary knowledge on aero-dynamics science, which is seen in his book Vimana Shastra.  He was a sage who spread the name and fame of Bharata through wisdom and kindness.

 Madhwacharya

 madhawacharya

Madhwa was born in a  small villagenear Udupi.  He was initiated into sanyas at the age of 12.  His whole life was devoted to the propagation of vedic philosophy.  He preached Dwaita philosophy when the caste system was stubbornly practised in the Indian society.  He wrote commentaries on the Prastana Traya – the Bhagawad Gita, 10 Upanishads and Brahma Sutras.  He dedicated his work Gita Bhashya to Veda Vyasa.  He lived the life of a dynamic sanyasi and had a reassuring effect on all who came to him. Acharya Madhwa took leave of his disciples and left for Badri in 1317 AD and none saw him after that.

 Swami Rama Tirtha

 ramthirtha

He was a saint with a scientific outlook who supplemented Swami Vivekananda’s work of emancipating India.  He was a mathematician par excellence.  After becoming a sanyasi, he travelled extensively around the world, bringing to light the plight of the Indian masses and trying to make a way for India’s redemption.  His inspiring messages are recorded in his books such as Songs of Enlightenment and In the woods of God realization.

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