Meet a Guru: Sai Baba

I can't recall how or where I first heard of Sai Baba. I don't know much at all about him or his teachings (yet). I'm going to do some research today so we can both learn about him. I know I have at least heard of him before. Seeing his picture on the website of the congregation I'm going to be checking out, I instantly recognized it because of his wild frizz of hair.BackgroundŚri Sathya Sai Baba is the spiritual name of a recent guru who was said to possibly be the reincarnation of  Sai … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada is the founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, also known as either ISKCON or Hare Krishnas.  Srila Prabhupada came to New York in 1965 to bring  Gaudiya Vaishnavism to America. Vaishnava is a branch of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma (the eternal truth) as many prefer to call Hinduism. It focuses on Vishnu (i.e., Rama and Krishna, who were avatars of Vishnu) as the supreme God. Apparently Gaudiya Vaishnavism was founded "around 1510 with an ascetic who too … [Read more...]


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Beware Gurus

I asked a little while back if a guru is necessary. Many people (with good reason) say yes. How can one navigate the complex path of human spirituality with no guide? For me personally, I put a lot of faith in my inner Self to guide me. But I am jaded from the experience of coming from an organization that some would call a cult.Most people will want or need a guru to guide their progress. What I ask is that you select such a teacher with extreme care.I definitely believe that there are … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Swami Chinmayananda

The followers of Swami Chinmayananda founded the Chinmaya Mission.BackgroundThe Swami was a Vedantic teacher who, like Easwaran, got a degree in English literature. He met Ramana Maharshi (there will be a post on him later) in college and was inspired to begin thinking about the meaning of life.Chinmayananda was involved in the movement to liberate India  and spent several months in jail, coming very close to death. Eventually he studied Vedanta in a school in the Himalayas and after … [Read more...]


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