Masters are the learned ones who have reached such a peak of absolute sensibility that they feel one with the Supreme. Since they have found their true selves they now seek to selflessly enlighten others to seek the divinity that resides in each human being Their close connection with the Supreme, Masters can successfully expedite the progress of their disciples in attaining the Highest Truth. Each Master may have adopted a different route but in their unique way they have all shown how the Highest Truth can be realized.
Swami Kuvalayananda born in 1883, he saw the renaissance of the national movement and became a freedom fighter. Swami Kuvalayananda influenced by Sri Aurobindo when at college and by ParamahansaMadhavdasji at a later date. Madhavdasji was a great yogi from Bengal but lived on the banks of the sacred Narmada at Malsar near Baroda.Madhavdasji by far had the greater influence on Kuvalayananda as he encouraged his student to approach yoga scientifically. Kuvalayananda, studied the effects that yoga had on the human body and the health benefits that accrue from yoga practice.He established the Kaivalyadhama Institute of Yoga at Lonavala, Pune.
Swami Rama born in 1925 at a Toli village in the Garhwal Himalayas, Swami Rama became the holder of the Sankhya Yoga tradition. He was encouraged by his Master MadhavanandaSaraswati to travel and seek out all the remote monasteries in the Himalayas including Nepal. This way Rama got to study withthe various Himalayan sages as also with his Grandmaster who lived in distant Tibet. Swami Rama travelled extensively in America and Europe and took his knowledge of yoga to those continents. He is the first of the Yogis who was studied scientifically at Menninger clinic in USA. Scientists wanted to understand how he was able to control his heartbeat, body temperature and blood pressure voluntarily as these are involuntary processes. He is the founder of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy with headquarters in USA and branches in India and Europe.
Swami SivanandaSaraswati born in 1887 at Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu in 1887 Swami Sivananda was a Doctor in Malaysia but he renounced his medical practice in 1924 when Swami VishwanandaSaraswati initiated him into DashnamiSannyasa. He practiced intense sadhana, yoga and learnt the scriptures. He became a wondering monk and toured the length and breadth of India. Wherever Sivananda went he tried to awaken the moral and spiritual consciousness of people. In 1936 he founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh with the main aim of spreading spiritual knowledge and serving mankind. Being a doctor he started the SivanandaAyurvedic Pharmacy in 1945.
Swami Vivekananda born in 1863 in Calcutta, He showed a desire when he was a child, to unravel the spiritual and realize God. This is why he chose Ramakrishna as his Guru because he was sure that Ramakrishna would be able to demonstrate for him the reality of God. Ramakrishna introduced him toAdvaita Vedanta and also told him that all religions are true. and taught to swami vivekanand that the best form of worship is service to man. Introducing Vedanata and yoga in Europe and America credit goes to swami Vivekananda. He raised Hinduism to a world religion by introducing it at the Parliament of World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893 where he also gave an inspiring speech and called the people of America his brothers and sisters. Vivekananda also raised interfaith awareness. He founded the Ramkrishna Mission and Math.