Biographies

 

Spiritual Teachers and Visionary’s of our time

 

“Throughout my life many spiritual teachers have graced my path… They offer a profound depth of teaching, wisdom and understanding as well as practical tools for so many people and continue to do so…many of these teachers who are still alive, in physical form, have become dear personal friends…” – Yantraji

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated saints. Born in India in 1879, he spontaneously awakened to his eternal nature at the age of 16. Confronted by the immanent possibility of his own death, he knew himself to be that which cannot die. Shortly afterwards he journeyed to Tiruvannamalai, where he spent the rest of his life in the presence of the holy mountain, Arunachala, said to be an incarnation of Shiva. After keeping silent for a number of years, Ramana began to speak of his realisation. Many came to him, and he answered their questions. An ashram grew up around him. Today many people still visit his cave on the slopes of Arunachala to drink in his silent presence. The name Ramana, which was given to him by his disciples, means that which resides in the heart of all being.


Sri H.W.L. Poonja 

Sri Harilal W. Poonja, or Papaji, as he was affectionately known, was born in the Western Punjab in 1910. His mother was the sister of Swami Rama Tirta, a well known sage and poet. Poonjaji was eight years old when he first experienced the unstoppable bliss of his own infinite nature.

As a young man he served in the Indian army. After resigning his commission he began a spiritual quest in search of God, which took him all over India. Everywhere he went he was disappointed, finding only “businessmen disguised as sadhus.” Finally, when he was in his early 30s, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi appeared in a vision to him and directed him to go to Tiruvannamalai. There, in the presence of Bhagavan, his Master, he ended his search.

After the partition of India, Papaji settled his family in Lucknow. It was there, towards the end of his life, that he began to be discovered by western devotees. When Gangaji met Papaji in 1990, he was 80 years old. He welcomed her as he welcomed all who came to his door, with eyes that were flashing with truth. Papaji died in 1997.


Gangaji

Gangaji shares a simple message – This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. Today, Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. A teacher and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery.

For  more information visit
http://www.gangaji.org


Eli Jaxon-Bear

Eli Jaxon-Bear is an American spiritual teacher and author currently living in Ashland Oregon. Before he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L Poonja in 1990, he was best known for his work with the  Enneagram. Following his meeting with Poonjaji he continued to teach, carrying his teacher’s message to the West. Eli is the husband of Gangaji, they often hold Satsang and offer retreats together around the world.

“When you realize yourself as complete, empty and devoid of all form…this is wisdom.  When you realize yourself as the fullness of love overflowing itself without object…this is bliss, And when you are aware of yourself incarnate in the appearance of form…this is leela.”~ Eli Jaxon-Bear

www.leela.org


Brandon Bays – Janaki

It was in the face of adversity that internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author and mind-body healing expert Brandon Bays discovered her true calling. Diagnosed in 1992 with a tumor the size of a basketball, Brandon embarked on a remarkable, soul-searching transformational and liberating healing journey and uncovered a means to get direct access to the soul, to the boundless healing potential inside.

Calling on her own mind-body healing knowledge and the teachings of scientists such as Dr Deepak Chopra and Dr Candace Pert, Brandon innocently began developing the transformational healing work that would become ‘The Journey®’.

Today Brandon is recognized as one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative mind-body-healing teachers – and The Journey has become one of the most powerful healing processes available on our planet. People of all ages and backgrounds flock to Brandon’s events to experience her warmth and wisdom, and for the powerful and tangible results this work delivers.

For  more information visit

http://www.thejourney.com

 

Isira Sananda  

Isira is a global peace ambassador. Her role is to inspire humanity to reclaim their own greater potential of wisdom, love, peace and compassion.

Isira is one of the modern world’s spiritual masters. She has been teaching meditation and inspiring self-realisation for over 20 years. She is a leader and teacher of human consciousness – a living example to us all of our common human spirit, our uniting power of truth, wisdom of love and higher potential. Isira is inter-faith and inter-spirit. She speaks from the heart of all religions, and all are welcomed. Her teaching unifies science, religion, social and cultural differences, and personal development – in the context of peace within the co llective whole.

Isira shares words of Universal Truth for raising your consciousness and frequency.
She shares insights and understandings on the core issues in our everyday and spiritual lives, so we can evolve consciously and transform and rebuild our lives with awareness.

For  more information visit
http://www.isira.com

 

Eckhart Tolle:

“The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.”
Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.

www.eckharttolle.com
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Kirtana:

Kirtana is a singer/songwriter whose music has been described as new age vocal, devotional, “satsang,” or music for awakening. Her songs celebrate divine love and investigate the truth of who we are.
In addition to performing live at her own concerts, New Thought churches, and conferences, her music is used internationally by noted authors and workshop leaders in their intensives, healing seminars and satsangs around the world.

Kirtana has just released her latest album, ‘Falling Awake’, and also has 3 other albums available – ‘A Deeper Surrender’, ‘This Embrace’ and ‘The Offering’

http://www.kirtana.com

Catherine Ingram:

Catherine Ingram is an international dharma teacher with communities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Since 1992 she has led Dharma Dialogues, which are public events that focus on directing awareness toward greater wellbeing in an ethical and happy life. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year in conjunction with Dharma Dialogues. She is president of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit organization founded in 1995.

“The thing I seem to most emphasize in Dharma Dialogues “…. “:is to not postpone living your life. There is a subtle way that we have of waiting for something to come or waiting to get rid of something we have” …….. “and thinking that our real life will begin then. Your real life is happening now, and there is no guarantee for any of us how long that life will be. As we let ourselves live fully in present awareness, it is as though we are experiencing life at last. We are no longer waiting.” – Catherine Ingram

http://catherineingram.com

 

Geshe Sonam Thargye :

is a Tibetan Buddhist monk in the Mahayana tradition. He was born in Kham, a province in eastern Tibet in 1962. He was ordained as a novice monk at the age of seven. As access to qualified spiritual teachers in Chinese occupied Tibet is very rare, he decided at nineteen years of age, to leave his homeland and travel to India. meeting with the Dalai Lama led to his entering Sera Je Monastic University in South India, he graduated in 1994 with the highest degree of Lharumpa Geshe.

In 1999, he founded Drol Kar Buddhist Centre in Geelong, Victoria where he is still the resident spiritual director. A short while later he also founded Nying-Jey Projects for Tibetan Communities, an organization which now helps set up and support infrastructure for educational and health services in Kham. He continues to work tirelessly to raise funds to improve the conditions for Tibetans in Tibet and in exile in India.

In May 2002 he brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama out to Australia and was with him in America a few years ago when he was presented with the peace award.

Geshe Sonam has initiated and directed the “Sacred footsteps from the roof of the world tours” in Australia bringing Tibetan monks from monasteries in southern India.

Currently Geshe and the monks are in Avalon at the Avalon Rec center until Sunday and over Easter they will be in Terry hills at the Buddha belly Cafe as they tour throughout Australia offering Chanting, Prayers & the creation of the beautiful meditative Sand mandalas… promoting Tibetan culture and raising funds for and awareness of the various Nying-Jey projects.

for more information visit
http://www.drolkarbuddhistcentre.org.au/
www.njp.org.au


Barbara Marx Hubbard:

Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Barbara is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution.

In 1945, when she was 15 years old, the first atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. This pivotal event deeply impacted the young Barbara Marx Hubbard, who found herself asking President Eisenhower, “What is the meaning of our power that is good”? Barbara’s 40+ year inquiry, and the answers she has found, offer invaluable assistance to us all at this time in our history. Despite the state of the world, we are truly on the threshold of great possibility, of our own conscious evolution. The fundamental questions:  “What is the meaning of our new power that can be used for the good?  And “What are positive images of the future equal to these new powers?”  propelled her on her life’s quest to find answers to these questions. The insights she has gained has led to her definitive message of hope that “Our crisis is a birth” of a more universal human and universal humanity.

In 1990 she co-founded the Foundation for Conscious Evolution through which she developed the Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a global educational curriculum enrolling participants in the developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution.

She remains a leader on the growing edge of the women’s movement, supporting the emergence of the Evolutionary Woman, the Feminine Cocreator who is calling for the next level of creativity and partnership between women and men to guide our world through our current challenges and opportunities.

For  more information visit
http://www.barbaramarxhubbard.com

 

Dr Wayne Dyer

WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York. Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

Movie The Shift

DR. WAYNE W. DYER starred in The Shift (March 2009), a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. In his first-ever movie (written by Kristen Lazarian and directed by Michael Goorjian), Wayne Dyer explores the spiritual journey in the second half of life when we long to find the purpose that is our unique contribution to the world. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society—which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation—are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

For more information visit
www.drwaynedyer.com


Mark Kumara – Satsang

Mark Kumara, born Mark Oliver in the south of England, is a spiritual teacher who lives in Denmark, on the south coast of Western Australia where he runs a meditation centre. He is author of books for Children and Adults and credits his book The Joy of Being to his higher self, Sanat Kumara, who, he says, made himself known to him in a vision, informing him he was a member of the Earth Council and telling him to call himself Kumara.
THE JOY OF BEING is a book “For those who dare to believe that God is within themselves, as themselves.” It is a new and timely message of hope for the world.
This is a very comprehensive easy to read book of practical down-to-earth spiritual teaching written with humour and compassion by an undoubted spiritual master. It covers such subjects as the Purpose of your life on earth, Relationships, Marriage and Children, Evil and Suffering, Sex, Religions and Science, Healing and Nourishment, Government, Death, Rebirth and Purpose, and Meditation.

“Joy is the outer expression of peace,
Peace is the inner origin of Joy,
Love is everything in between.” (MARK KUMARA)
For more information Visit
www.markkumara.com


Osho :

“My effort is to leave you alone with meditation, with no mediator between you and existence.” – Osho

Never Born – Never Died – Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990. With these literally immortal words, Osho both dictates his epitaph and dispenses with his biography. Having previously removed his name from everything, he finally agrees to accept “Osho,” explaining that it is derived from William James’ “oceanic.” “It is not my name,” he says, “it is a healing sound.”

So what to say of Osho? The ultimate deconstructionist? A visionary who becomes the vision? Certainly a proposal to existence – that it is everyone’s birthright to enjoy that same oceanic experience of true individuality. For that, Osho says, “There is only one path, which goes inwards, where you will not find a single human being, where you will only find silence, peace.”  A conclusion? There are no full stops in the Osho vision, but a helping hand towards understanding ourselves:
“I would like to say to you: Science is the ultimate value. And there are only two kinds of sciences: one, objective science, that decides about the outside world; and two, subjective science, which up to now has been called religion. But it is better not to call it religion. It is better to call it the science of the inner, and to divide science into a science of the outer, and a science of the inner – objective science and subjective science. But make it one solid whole, and science remains the ultimate value – nothing is higher than that.” – Osho

“To be frank with you – which usually I am not – I don’t know who I am. Knowledge is not possible here where I am. Only the knower is left, the known has disappeared; only the container is left, the content is no more.” – Osho

http://www.osho.com


Debbie Ford:

“The evolution of one’s own soul is a process. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not a five day workshop. It’s a lifetime process where we let go, discover and then allow for futures to come into existence. Through connecting to our soul, to our collective heart, we can become congruent with our deepest values and our life mission. We can then allow for the realities which are always available to us to unfold. As we all have heard, love is the answer. Indeed it is, but it’s not just the loving of our good self, of our good qualities. True love is embracing our dark impulses, our imperfections, our mistakes and our heartache. That is when one reconnects and experiences the love that is truly the answer.”

The Shadow effect :A Journey from Your Darkest Thought to Your Greatest Dream

In this age of public humiliation and media meltdowns, the work of New York Times best selling author, Debbie Ford, continues to make headway as she exposes the opposing forces of both light and dark that compete for attention within every human being. In her film debut, The Shadow Effect, Ford presents the hidden power of “the Shadow” alongside some of today’s most provocative thinkers including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Mark Victor Hansen, James Van Praagh and others.In this life-altering journey, individuals who have transcended child abuse, racism, the Holocaust, war, and wounded upbringings, share their remarkable stories. Meet those who have learned to face their terror, heal their wounds, and embrace their higher, heroic selves to overcome the shadow effect.

www.debbieford.com

 

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner ( 1861– 1925 ) in was an Austrian philosopher, social thinker, architect and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European  transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy.

Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism: his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and the inner and spiritual needs of the human being.In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form,  eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of a cultural center to house all the arts, the Goetheanum.  After the  First world war, Steiner worked with educators, farmers, doctors, and other professionals to develop Waldorf education ( Rudolf Steiner Education ), biodynamic agriculture, anthrosophical medicine as well as new directions in numerous other practical areas.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He based his  epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s world view, in which “Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.”A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.