Biographies

 

Spiritual Teachers and Visionaries 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 and personal friends…” – Yantra-ji

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.

“In Freedom, In Reality,
there is no process or way or path,
no here, no there,
no this, no that,
no ‘me’, no ‘you’,
no concepts, no name, no form,
no mind, no bondage, no duality.
Nothing has happened.
Nothing is happening.
Nothing ever will happen.
Only Self Is.” ~ Papaji


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 collective 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

 

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

 

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

 

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.