Adi Shankaracharya


English Month



Place of Birth

Mahatma Name

Swami and Swamini

Brief description
1JanuaryDhanurCalcuttaSwami Vivekandanda“You have to grow from the inside out”. None can teach you; none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
2JanuaryMakaraKanchiSeshadri SwamigalTHE SAINT WITH A GOLDEN HAND;” Until the dawning of wisdom there are two entities, the Jeevatman or the individual soul and the Paramatman or the light supreme. With the shedding of maya, the illusion that the two are separate, ends
3FebruaryKumbhaBengalRamakrishna Paramahamsa“The revelation of God takes place at all times”. God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous”
4MarchMeenaMangaloreMother Rama DeviTaught spiritualization of life at home; “Attachments, not associations have to be discarded”; Negative isolations and life fleeing seclusions are not needed to attain God vision
5MarchMeenaJillellamudiAnasuya AmmaSaw only good in people and had no concept of “sin”, treating all alike irrespective of faith and religion; “My life is infinite and my history is limited”
6AprilMehsaKaladyAdi ShankaraFounder of Adhvaitha philosophy; “Brahma Satyam Jagad Mithya; Jeevo Brahmaiva Naparahaa”; Supreme Consciousness (Parabrahman) alone is real and nothing else is;
7AprilMeenaKanhangadSwami RamdasSaint, philosopher, philanthropist, pilgrim. Advocated repetition of mantra “Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram”; All is Ram, nothing but Ram
8AprilMeshaBangladeshAnandamayi Ma“All paths are my paths and I have no particular path”; frequently referred to herself in the third person as either “this body” or “this little girl”;
9AprilMeenaUttar PradeshSwami NarayanaThe Lord, Shri Krishna is the greatest entity. I admire Him the most. He is the cause of all incarnations and is thus truly worthy to be worshiped.
10AprilMeshaMumbaiNisargadatta Maharaj“Go back to that state of pure being, where the ‘I am’ is still in its purity before it got contaminated with ‘this I am’ or ‘that I am.’ Your burden is of false self-identification – abandon them all.”
11MayMeshaErnakulamSwami Chinmayananda“The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts”; Mind alone is maya at play.
12MayVrishabhaVillipuramSri Chandrasekar SaraswathiKarma Yogi; Brought back the practices of Sanatana Dharma effectively to the masses
13JulyMithunaNot knownVeda VyasarAuthor of the Mahabharata, Vedas and Puranas. “No one belongs to Me; I belong to no one; There is no I or Mine”
14AugustSimhaManjakuddiDayananda Saraswati (Ärsha Vidya)An eminent teacher of Vedanta and an erudite scholar in Sanskrit, could communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners
15AugustSimhaCalcuttaSri Aurobindo “Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our pure blind sentimentalism”
16AugustSimhaTrivandrumNarayana Guru DevanGreat proponent and re-evaluator of Advaita Vedanta; extended this non dualistic principle into practical modes of self-realisation through compassion and peaceful coexistence
17AugustSimhaKollurChattambi SwamigalThere is only one mind for the entire world. The whole universe is the manifestation of the one. The apparent differences between different objects are only an illusion
18AugustSimhaVenganoor, TrivandrumAyyangaliSocial reformer who worked for the advancement of deprived untouchable people
19SeptemberKanyaOchiraAmrithanandamayiBakthipracharam; revered as a hugging saint; “One has infinite power within but to connect one has to surrender”
20SeptemberKanyaGhurni, BengalLahiri MahasayaTeacher of Kriya Yoga, disciple of Mahavatar Babaji. often exhibited the breathless state of Superconscious samaadhi
21SeptemberKanyaNankana Sahib, PakistanGuru Nanak“He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.” Wrote Guru Grantha Sahib
22SeptemberKanyaPattamadai, ThirunelveliSivananda SaraswatiAuthor of over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta, and a variety of subjects.
23SeptemberKanyaCalcuttlaPrabhu Pada“Our only business is to love God, not to ask God for our necessities.”
24SeptemberKanyaBapatla, APVelpur Mouna Swami‘Silent’ Swami; remarkable Karma Yogi, does not permit anyone to do any form of writing on his life
25OctoberTulaNarsi, MaharashtraNamdevComposed number of Abhangās, full with the nectar of Bhakti and love towards God; Meditate on the Lord in your heart. Serve the Lord with your hands. Place your head at His lotus feet.
26OctoberKanyaChidambaramRamalinga Swamigal (Vallalaar)“Service to Living Beings is the path of Liberation/ Moksha”; Compassion and mercy are the only path to God.
27NovemberVrishchikaPuttaparthiSathya Sai Baba“Love is God, God is love, Live in love”; Where there is love, there, God is certainly evident; transform the love into service; transform the service into worship… that is the highest sadhana
28NovemberVrishchikaAndhra PradeshGanapati MuniGave the name of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi to Brahmanaswami. Wrote the great devotional epic hymn, “Uma Sahasram,” One Thousand Verses on Uma, after accepting Sri Maharshi as his Guru
29NovemberVrishchikamParangipettaiMahavatar BabajiHe is beyond time and space and He is constantly blessing humanity with waves of love and peace. “Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji, that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing”.
30DecemberVrishchikaLalganjYogi RamsuratkumarAlways spoke of himself as, ‘this dirty beggar, this useless madcap fellow, this great sinner” and of His Father as, ‘very great’. my SUPREME FATHER is existence: Arunachala Shiva
31DecemberDhanurTiruchulliRamana Maharshi“The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their past deeds – their Prarabdha Karma. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to stop it”; His most important teaching was a practice called vichara i.e. “Self-enquiry.”
32563Not knownLumbiniBudha“Awakened One”. One can achieve liberation, also called Nirvana, by extinguishing the “fires” of desire, hatred, and ignorance
336th CenturyNot knownBiharMahavira“Observance of  the vows of ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (chastity), and aparigraha (non-attachment) are necessary for spiritual liberation
346th CenturyNot knownTiruvamurAppar/Thiru-navuk-arasar (Lord of Speech)“Let me remember Your (Lord Shiva) name always. Even if I take birth as a worm, let me not forget Your name. Let me find delight in uttering Your name”
357th CenturyNot knownSrikali, TanjoreGyana Sambandar “O foolish man, do not allow days to pass. Serve and meditate on Lord Shiva. Repeat always the Panchakshara. Live in the company of devotees of Siva. His name will remove all evils and dangers
368th CenturyNot knownTirunavalurSundarar“Oh Lord! It is due to my evil thought that I have to undergo this separation from Thee; Dispel my ignorance soon and take me back to your lotus feet.”
379th CenturyNot knownThiruvadhavoorManikkavacakarMan with words as precious as Manikkam;wrote Tiruvasakam; Accoridng to him five letters of “Na Mah Shi va ya” alone give one mukti”
3810th CenturyNot knownKamarupaMatsyendranathHe whose Lord is the Lord of the Fishes, Matsyendra is credited with the Natha tradition; “Natha” literally means “lord, protector, refuge”
3911th CenturyNot knownSriperumbudurRamanuja-chaaryarFounder of Visishtadwaitham philosophy; the doctrine that only one supreme being exists
401498Not knownRajasthanMirabaiPoet and devotee of Lord Krishna; considered herself to be a Gopi of Vrindavan, mad only with pure love for Krishna..pure Bhakti
4115th CenturyNot knownVaranasiKabirdasTruth is with the person who is on the path of righteousness, considered all creatures on earth as his own self
4215th CenturyNot knownThiruvanamalaiArunagirinatharTamil saint-poet who lived during the 15th century in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the creator of Thiruppugazh, a book of poems in Tamil in praise of lord Murugan.
431560Not knownMelpathurNarayana BattathiriWrote The “Narayaneeyam”   consisting of 1036 verses, a summary of 18,000 verses of the Bhagavata Purana.Was a propounder of PurvaMimamsa (reflection of one self), Uttara Mimamsa (Inquiry) and Vyakarana (Grammar)
441547Not knownKeezhattoorPoonthanamWrote, Jnanappana which means “the song of divine wisdom” Preached Namasmaranam, or the constant remembrance of the Lord’s name, as the only way to reach Him.
451595Not knownNot knownRagavendra Swami“Have devotion to the Lord. Accepting the Lord’s supremacy wholeheartedly is true devotion. Blind faith is not devotion”
461511Not knownRajapurTulsidasRegarded as an incarnation of Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana. wrote Ramacharitramanasa
471608Not knownDehu PuneTukaram“Guru is Brahma, Vishnu, Maheswara. Have faith in Guru. Guru may be your parent, teacher, a friend or anybody for that matter”
481690Not knownMaharashtraBhaskara RayaDevotee of Mother Goddess. Wrote a commentary to the Lalita Sahasranamam and explained the meaning of all the 1008 names of Goddess with great insight and scholarship. One cannot write such a work unless there is divine grace
491925Not knownNorth IndiaSwami Rama“When a human being learns to seek religion not in Gods, but in his own potentials, then he will know that he is great and that within his greatness lies his happiness”
50Not KnownNot knownKarnatakaMadhvacharyaChief proponent of the Dwaita; Atman and Brahman are two different unchanging realities, with individual soul dependent on Brahman, never identical
51Not knownNot knownNot KnownShirdi Sai BabaManifestation of Sri Dattaguru and identified as saint & a fakir; His teachings are – faith (Shraddha) and patience (Saburi)
52Not knownNot knownPuravipalayamanKoti SwamiThe 300 Year Old Saint of Puravipalayaman; acclaimed Siddha Purusha; repeatedly used the word ‘ Kodi’ for blessing
53Not knownNot knownPorbandarKuchela/Sudama“God will provide for your good deeds and needs”; Don’t trade Bhakti for anything in return
54Not knownNot knownNot knownBheeshmarWherever there is Krishna there is Dharma and wherever there is Dharma there is eternal victory. He is known for his pledge of celibacy

*where information not available, the starting Tamil month has been considered; the order of listing is based on birth month

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. An attempt has been made to highlight a few of the known Gurus. There are many Gurus who guide us always and we pray, by the grace of Guru, we can keep adding more to the list in next versions. They have imparted many teachings and answered our many questions in many ways.. their core value/teaching related to Vedanta has only been mentioned;

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