Meet a Guru: Swami Sukhabodhananda

Swami Sukhabodhananda is a modern-day guru who follows a model closer to a motivational corporate speaker than a traditional guru. He addresses businesses and conferences to speak on Hindu philosophy.BackgroundAs a young man he was a student of Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, which is an organization I have been part of and liked a lot. He was born in Bangalore to a Kannada-speaking family in 1955.TeachingHe gives the message of the Gita and other Hindu … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna is a well known teacher from the 1800s who is often referred to as a Hindu saint. It is said that he helped start a renaissance in Hinduism.BackgroundBorn Vaishnava in 1836, he was spiritual from the time he was a child and was more interested in spiritual pursuits than a "bread winning education." He had many periods of feeling universal consciousness and getting lost in that feeling (samadhi). As a young man he began working as a priest.His family, concerned that he … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Gurumayi

A woman known as Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the current leader of the Siddha Yoga tradition.BackgroundThe path was founded by Swami Muktananda based on teachings from his guru Bhagawan Nityananda. It was in 1975 that Muktananda began opening ashrams and schools in America.Gurumayi started in the tradition as a child in India. Her parents brought her and her brother to study with Muktanada in the 1950s. By 14 she had her official initiation ("shaktipat") and she lived at the ashram. M … [Read more...]


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