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Babas, Saints, and Gurus

Religious Figures in Chennai and their Preachings

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Swami Vivekananda

A favorite of Uncle Anandaram Ogooti, Swami Vivekananda (1963-1902) was one of those progressive Hindu reformers who believed in societal progress and the power of the individual. By focusing on mankind as an expression of the devine he led the way to Hindu revivalism. He's most famous for his speech "Sisters and Brothers of America" at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

Sai Baba of Shirdi

Sai Baba of Shirdi (Unknown-1918) is another figure I've seen on religious stickers and posters all around temples. He's one of those old-school Gurus who used to wander India with rags - a guy who had no love for material-things, only humanity and compassion. He is also well known for bringing together India by combining the preachings of Islam and Hinduism.

If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.

Śri Sathya Sai Baba

Śri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011) is perhaps the most popular Hindu saint here in Chennai. Photos of his beaming smile and crown of hair can be found everywhere from hole-in-the-wall restaurants to high-profile hospitals. A controversial guru, poet, philosopher, artist, and philanthropist, Sai Baba had ashrams in 126 countries and also ran a network of hospitals, clinics and schools that were often free. He strongly advocated for religious acceptance and tolerance.

Duty is God; Work is worship. Even the tiniest work is a flower placed at the Feet of God.
I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster.

Posted by Fabian1993 09:17 Archived in India Tagged saint hinduism guru baba

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