A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada ( September 1, 1896– November 14, 1977) was born Abhay Charan De, in Kolkata, West Bengal. He studied at the Scottish Church College, Calcutta, which was then administered by the British. In his later years, as a Vaishnava sadhu, he became an influential communicator of Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology to India and specifically to the West. ...more on Wikipedia about "A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada"
Swami Abhedananda was born on 2 October 1866 as Kaliprasad Chandra. He was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. He was a forceful orator, prolific writer, yogi and intellectual with devotional fervor. Swami Vivekananda asked him to propagate the message of Vedanta in west, which he did with great success. In 1921, he returned to India and formed the 'Ramakrishna Vedanta Society' in Kolkota. He died on 8 September 1939. ...more on Wikipedia about "Abhedananda"
Abhinava Vidyathirtha (born Srinivasan; 1917 – 1989) was the Jagadguru Shankaracharya (ecumenical pontiff) of one of the most important Hindu Advaita Mathas in India, the Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham. A " matha" is a seminary and monastary for followers of the Hindu religion. ...more on Wikipedia about "Abhinava Vidyatirtha"
Adi Shankara (Śaṅkara, Shri Shankaracharya, Adhi Shankaracharya, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya; 'the first Shankara' in his lineage), reverentially called Bhagavatpada Acharya (the teacher at the feet of the Lord) (approximately 8th century, but see below) was the most famous advaita philosopher, who had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism through his non-dualistic philosophy. He advocated the greatness and importance of the important Hindu scriptures, the Veda (most particularly on the Upanishads), spoke to a spirituality founded on reason and without dogma or ritualism, and gave new life to Hinduism at a time when Buddhism and Jainism were gaining popularity. He is considered the founder of the Dasanami sannyasin. ...more on Wikipedia about "Adi Shankara"
Akram Vignan is a Hindu guru who teaches in the nondual traditions of vedanta and Jhana Yoga. His approach is similar to the late Indian saint Ramana Maharshi. ...more on Wikipedia about "Akram Vignan"
Akshapada Gotama (? c. 5th century BC or 2nd century BC) (also spelt as Aksapada Gautama and in other ways) was the originator of the Nyaya school of Indian philosophy. His sutras provide a systematic presentation of the logical approach to philosophy. He was a logician who authored the Nyaya Sutras, considered the foundation of the Nyaya school of Hinduism. ...more on Wikipedia about "Akshapada Gotama"
The Alvars (pronounced 'aalvaars', and also spelt as 'azhvars' and pronounced 'aazhvaars') are Hindu saint-mystics of antiquity, followers of Lord Vishnu. There were twelve of them. They sang in praise of Lord Vishnu. While the Alvars are devotees of Vishnu, the Nayanmars, (pronounced 'naayanmaars') are devotees of Siva. ...more on Wikipedia about "Alvars"
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Ananta Das Babaji (Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja) is a leading religious figure in the contemporary Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Based at Radha-kunda, he is a respected lecturer and the author of dozens of volumes of literature. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ananta Das Babaji"
Andal, pronounced 'aanDaaL' is one of the twelve Alvars of Vaishnavism, and is the second most important of them. Her spiritual significance to Hinduism, however, is second to none. Her name is often transliterated as "Antal." ...more on Wikipedia about "Andal"
His Grace Anuttama Prabhu is a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In 1976 he was initiated by Srila Prabhupada and since 1993, Anuttama has served as Director of Communications for ISKCON in North America. He is also a member of the Governing Body Commission. He is well-known for his ability to prepare excellent "sweet rice" for offering to Krishna and distributing as prasad. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anuttama Prabhu"
Appayya Dikshidar (1520-1593), born in Adayapalam, near Vellore, South India, a great householder in the orthodox Indian tradition, was a remarkable expositor and practitioner of the advaita school of Indian Philosophy. ...more on Wikipedia about "Appayya Dikshidar"
Swami Ashokananda was born in the village of Bekitaka in the year 1893. His premonastic name was Yogeshchandra Datta. He spent his childhood days in Durgapur(now part of Bangladesh). ...more on Wikipedia about "Ashokananda"
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari or simply Baba Lokenath was a semi-legendary Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. ...more on Wikipedia about "Baba Lokenath Brahmachari"
Bhadase Sagan Maraj ( 1929- 1971) was a Trinidad and Tobago politician, religious leader and businessman. He founded the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha in 1952. It grew into the major Hindu organisation in Trinidad and Tobago. He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1950, founded the People's Democratic Party, and later merged it into the Democratic Labour Party, which he led between 1958 and 1960 (when he lost control of the party to Rudranath Capildeo). Bhadase (as he was most widely known) continued to be active in politics until his death, often opposing Capildeo and other members of the DLP. After Capildeo's Chaguanas seat was declared vacant in 1967 Bhadase won the seat in a by-election boycotted by the DLP. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhadase Maraj"
Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj is presently one of the foremost spiritual leader of the mission of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates in the world today. He is a the dearly beloved disciple of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj and who is in turn the equally beloved disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj"
His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami, a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, was born on August 14, 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1972 he joined Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON. After taking initiation from Srila Prabhupada, he became involved in public relations and book publications for the Bhaktivedanta Manor (ISKCON's British Headquarters). Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaja is closely associated with the educational programs of ISKCON and teaches courses at the Vaisnava Institute for Higher Education in Vrindavana. In 1994, during the Gaura Purnima Festival, he took to the renounced order of sannyasa. Bhakti Caitanya Swami is also a member of the Governing Body Commission. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Caitanya Swami"
His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami, a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, was born in Bengal in 1945. He is an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada and has translated Srila Prabhupada's literary works in Bengali and also produced a television serial on Srila Prabhupada's life entitled "Abhay Charan." He also serves as a member of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission since 1989, while simultaneously acting as ISKCON's Minister of Culture. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Caru Swami"
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s most favourite disciples, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj (Srila Gurudeva) appeared in this world on November 18, 1904 A.D. (on Holy Utthan Ekadashi tithi) at Kanchanpara (District Faridpur, now in Bangladesh). ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj"
Bhakti Tirtha Swami ( February 25 1950– June 27 2005) was an American Hindu leader. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Tirtha Swami"
Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaj was born in the village of Fulta, adjacent to the city of Berhampur in the state of Orissa, India in the year 1913. His given name at birth was Nrusimgha. The name of his father is Sri Damodar and the name of his mother is Srimati Devi. He attended Khallikote Autonomous College in the city of Berhampur, where he received a B.A. degree. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaj"
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada ( 1874- 1937), the well-known preacher of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, was born Bimal Prasad Dhutt in the seaside pilgramge town of Jagganath Puri, Orissa, India. His father was the Vaishnava scholar Sri Kedarnath Dhutt, later known as Bhaktivinode Thakur, the first to present the teachings of Chaitanyite Vaishnavism to the English speaking world and was a notable Gaudiya Vaishnava Theologian. Bimal Prasad was imbued with fiery preaching spirit as well as keen intellect. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura" Pure www.shortopedia.com. Pure Information Power. Hindu_religious_figures
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur ( September 2, 1838 - June 23, 1914), a prominent figure among the Gaudiya Vaishnavas of Bengal, was born Kedarnath Datta in the town of Birnagar, Bengal, India. He was the son of Raja Krsnananda Datta. Bhaktivinoda married and had several children, including Bimal Prasad (later Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura), the founder of the Gaudiya Math and the guru of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhaktivinoda was also the father, as well as the initiating guru, of Lalita Prasad Thakur. The two brothes had substantial disagreements on how their father's spiritual heritage was to carry on, Bimal Prasad more inclined for preaching and the establishment of varnashrama-dharma, Lalita Prasad more inclined for the esoteric mode of raganuga-worship. Bhaktivinode favored and instructed Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakur to establish varnashrama dharma over pseudo esoteric raganuga worship as the babaji vesha had become mostly corrupted. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhaktivinoda Thakur"
Shri Bharati Theertha Swamigal is the Jagadguru and Shankaracharya of the Advaitic Sringeri Sharada Peetham. Born in Andhra Pradesh, he became a disciple of Shri Abhinava Vidya Theertha Swamigal and was later appointed as head of the Mutt.The mutt he heads,has a huge following among the Vedic Community. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bharati Theertha Swamigal"
(Bhaskara Raya) ==Authority on Shakti worship== ...more on Wikipedia about "Bhaskara Raya"
His Holiness Bir Krsna Goswami is a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He spent his childhood in Long Island, New York, and became a member of the Krishna conscious community in Gainesville, Florida in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he was initiated as Srila Prabhupada's disciple. In early 1978 Bir Krishna Goswami took sannyasa in Lima, Peru. In 1995 he began to work on the Governing Body Commission. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bir Krsna Goswami"
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