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Biography of Adi Shankaracharya from Birth to Sharada Peetha

Introduction One of the greatest philosophers and savants of Bharat. Though he lived for only thirty-two years, his achievement was unparalleled. He pro-pounded the Vedantic tenet that Brahman the Supreme and man are of one essence and that all people should strive to cultivate this vision of oneness. He established four spiritual centers in the…

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Biography of Mahavir Swami: A Life Dedicated to Mankind

Introduction A young prince who gave up power, position, and money to the path of Jainism. He spent twelve long years in strict meditation and became a light to millions. Kundapura was a suburb of Vaishali, the capital of the Lichchavi Republic. On the outskirts of the town was a large grove of banyan trees….

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Biography of Swami Vivekananda, the valiant monk of India

Introduction The valiant monk who proclaimed in America the greatness of Hinduism and of Indian culture at a time when the West regarded India as a land of barbarians. The beloved disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He was the living embodiment of sacrifice and dedicated his life to the country and yearned for the progress…

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Information about Basavanna through biography with images

Introduction The revolutionary who taught that right conduct is heaven. He declared that work is worship and taught the ideals of simple living and the equality of all men. And he practiced what he preached. Do not steal, Do not kill. Do not utter lies; Do not lose your temper. Do not detest others; Do…

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Life history of Ramanujacharya: A selfless Srivaishnava Guru

Introduction The chief exponent of the Vishishtadvaita school of Vedanta and a great social reformer. “If I can bring deliverance to so many, I do not mind being condemned to hell,” he said and spread his spiritual message to even the lowliest of classes of people. He established the Yatiraja Math and the Cheluvanarayanaswami temple…

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Biography of Sant Namdev, the enlightened being who saw god

Introduction Namdev, who lived during the end of the 13th century and the first half of the 14th in Western Bharat, is one of the country’s best-known saint poets. A contemporary and associate of Jnanadeva and other great mystics, Namdev lived in constant communion with Lord Panduranga. Hundreds of ‘Abhangs’ (devotional songs) composed by him…

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Vidyaranya Swami: Biography of a saint who built Vijayanagara

Introduction A great and famous saint who is known as the founder of Karnataka. When people had lost all hope, he provided inspiration to Hakka and Bukka who tilled the people with hope and courage. He adorned the Sharada Peetha (also read about Adi Shankaracharya here) of Sringeri. He strove to strong then the foundations…

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Biography of Samarth Ramdas Swami with Dohe extracts

Introduction Shivaji’s preceptor and guide, Ramadas imparted to him the message that until we fulfill the required duty towards the motherland, we should not think of the other world. By means of his religious discourses and kirtans, he provided succor and guidance to thousands. The night was calm and serene. That night there was a…

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Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve Biography

Introduction Maharshi Karve lived for a hundred and four years. After he completed his education he pledged his life to the service to others. He chose poverty and walked the path strewn with criticism and opposition; he wiped others, tears, he brought education, equality, honor, and joy into the lives of many people. There was…

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Sadguru Ram Singh Kuka: Biography, Kuka Movement, Followers

Introduction Ram Singh was a religious leader and a good preceptor. He preached purity of body and purity of mind. He himself practiced both. He opposed lavish spending at marriages and taught people to help the poor. When the British began to strengthen their Empire by sowing the seeds of quarrel among the people of…