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1 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and movement, which have practices and philosophy firmly routed in the Advaita tradition. The TM initiation puja references Adi Shankara and the monastery set up by his devotee Trotakacharya at Jyotir Math. This was the same monastery re-established by Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Maharishi's master, often referred to as "Guru Dev." 2555
2 Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi (c. 1838-1918), a great philosopher of Maharashtra who propagated the oneness of God and urged harmony amongst the various religions. 2028
3 Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) Bengali philosopher-sage who synthesized Advaita thought with Western philosophical theories of evolution. 1250
4 Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886) well-known modern proponent of Advaita; the primary source book, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita), was written by an eyewitness devotee Mahendranath Gupta. It documents his later life and conversations with disciples and devotees and serves as the key reference for his philosophy and teachings 1210
5 Vyasa 814
6 Shri Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950) the silent sage of Tamil Nadu who had a profound realization of nonduality 770
7 Sri Narayana Guru (1856–1928)- Vedic scholar, mystic philosopher, prolific poet and social reformer, from the present-day Kerala. 738
8 Kashyapa 425
9 Swami Sivananda (1887–1963) – Hindu saint who founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, India. Author of more than 300 works of theology and philosophy. Bestowed sanyasa upon Swami Chidananda, Swami Krishnananda, and Swami Chinmayananda, among others. According to disciples, achieved Moksha upon death. [link] Official Website</ref> 421
10 Agastya 413
11 Shri Dattatreya 369
12 Bharadwaja 346
13 Adi Da (1939–2008) American-born teacher of enlightenment whose followers state he is the promised Hindu Avatar and first seventh stage realizer, who wrote over 70 books on "Advaitayana Buddhism", the unique philosophy that transcends both Advaita thought and the philosophical theories of Buddhism. [link] 276
14 Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj A twentieth-century master of Advaita from Mumbai 211
15 Swami Chinmayananda Jnana diksha bestowed under Sri Swami Tapovan Maharaj in Uttarkashi. Disciples founded the Chinmaya Mission. 'Chinmaya' = "pure consciousness of bliss". 196
16 Atri 180
17 Yajnavalkya 154
18 Adyashanti, popular modern Western teacher. 135
19 Swami Krishnananda (1922–2001) – Hindu saint who was the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, India from 1958 to 2001. Foremost disciple of Swami Sivananda. Author of more than 200 works of theology and philosophy. According to disciples, achieved Moksha upon death. [link] Official Website</ref> 99
20 Sringeri Sharada Peetham 92
21 Angiras 87
22 Jamadagni 85
23 Shri Ashtawakra 79
24 Marichi 72
25 Pulastya 67
26 Shri Totapuri Maharaj, A sanyasi of the Dashanami order who initiated Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa into Advaita Vedanta. 61
27 Swami Tapovan Maharaj - A virakta mahatma 59
28 Swami Dayananda Saraswati, (c.1930-) originally student of Chinmaya above. He has set up many traditional gurukula (vedanta schools) in India and Western countries. 35
29 Tibbetibaba - Hindu Bengali Saint whose life was based on both Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana principles. 27
30 Shivarudra Balayogi (1954-) - Sage and Yogi, performed intense meditation and other spiritual practices from a young age. Teaches that Advaita is an experience, and the highest path to this experience is meditation. 20
31 Swami Karpatri (1905–1980), a well-known sannyasi of Varanasi 20
32 Mannargudi Raju Sastri (1815–1903), Formed ‘The Adwaita Sabha’ for propagating the tenets of the Adwaita faith 18
33 Swami Atmananda (1883–1959) lived in Kerala. 18
34 Sacchidanandendra Saraswati, a profound Advaitin and the founder of the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya in Holenarasipura 14
35 Swami Prajnanapada (1891–1974) disciple of Niralamba Swami and a great exponent of Advaita philosophy. He was in charge of Channa Ashram in West Bengal, India. 9
36 Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham (1912–1954); A well known Jivanmukta; said to be one of the greatest saints ever to take birth in India < 5
37 Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham < 5
38 Sri Abhinavavidya Tirtha Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham (1954–1989); A great Yogi and master of scriptures; blessed with realisation early in life; In His many tours of Bharatvarsha and also Nepal He established many maths, shrines and temples. < 5
39 Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, wrote books on four Hindu Yogas: Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda contains a complete collection of transcribed lectures. He spoke at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. < 5
40 Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji Jagadguru of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam (1894–1994), also called as Nadamadum Deivam(Walking God) by devotees and followers all over the world < 5
41 Sapta Na Sannyasin Ruchira Buddha Adi Da Samraj Jagadguru of Naitauba Peetham the main Hermitage Ashram called "Samrajashram" in the Fijian Islands. Other Satguru Peethams: Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, Love's Point Hermitage and Tat Sundaram Hermitage and Tat Sundaram Hermitage, all in Northern California; and Da Love-Ananda Mahal in Kauai, Hawaii < 5
42 Shri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, (c. 1824-1883) a contemporary Advaitin who united disparate Hindu sects under a single body known as the Arya Samaj. < 5
43 Bhrigu < 5
44 Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharathi Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham [link] (1865–1912); a realised Yogi; initiated many into Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy including Sacchidanandendra Saraswati- founder of Adhyatma Prakashana Karyalaya ;known as "Abhinava Shankara" because of his many tours around Bharatvarsha spreading the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and Hindu Dharma < 5
45 Vishwamitra < 5
46 Sri H.W.L. Poonja (1910–1997), or Papaji. Disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, he denied being part of any formal tradition, and remained always available, welcoming newcomers to his home and satsangs. < 5
47 Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji, Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham (1989- );A distuinguished sage and present Jagadguru of Shringeri Peetha, Sringeri, Karnataka. < 5
48 Vashishta < 5


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