Saints and Sages

Saints and Sages
A saint is one who lives in God or the Eternal, who is free from egoism, likes and dislikes, selfishness, vanity, mine-ness, lust, greed and anger, who is endowed with equal vision, balanced mind, mercy, tolerance, righteousness and cosmic love, and who has divine knowledge.

Saints and sages are a blessing to the world at large. They are the custodians of superior divine wisdom, spiritual powers and inexhaustible spiritual wealth. Even kings bow their heads at their lotus feet. King Janaka said to Yajnavalkya, "O venerable sage! I am grateful to your exalted holiness for obtaining the ancient wisdom of the Upanishads through your lofty and sublime instructions. I offer my whole kingdom at thy feet. Further, I am thy servant. I will wait on thee like a servant".

Such is the magnanimous nature of saints and sages. Their very existence inspires others and goads them to become like them and attain the same state of bliss achieved by them. Had it not been for their existence, there would not have been spiritual uplift and salvation for you all. Their glory is indescribable. Their wisdom is unfathomable. They are deep like the ocean, steady like the Himalayas, pure like the Himalayan snow, effulgent like the sun. One crosses this terrible ocean of Samsara or births and deaths through their grace and Satsang. To be in their company is the highest education. To love them is the highest happiness. To be near them is real education.

The saints wander from village to village and disseminate divine knowledge. They move from door to door and impart wisdom. They take a little for their bare maintenance and give the highest education, culture and enlightenment to the people. Their very life is exemplary. Whether they deliver lectures or not, whether they hold discourses or not, it matters little.

Saints and sages only can become real advisers to the kings, because they are selfless and possess the highest wisdom. They only can improve the morality of the masses. They only can show the way to attain eternal bliss and immortality. Shivaji had Swami Ramdas as his adviser. King Dasaratha had Maharshi Vasishtha as his adviser.

There is no caste among saints and sages. Cobblers, weavers and untouchables had become saints. Saints, to whatever clime they may belong, have left their footprints on the sands of time, so that others, who are true and faithful, may follow their track in search of the Eternal Truth. Their lives have ever remained an inspiration to us. Their glory has ever been green in our memory. Their teachings have ever flowed with the tide of life.

Saints can have one or more titles attached to their name (and some have none). Some popular titles are Swami, Sant, Rishi, Muni, Goswami, Maharaj.

Saints of Ancient Times
  • Maharshi Vyasa
  • Sage Yajnavalkya
  • Yogi Bhusanda
  • Dattatreya
  • Yogi Jaigisavya
  • Tirumala Nayanar
  • Valmiki
The Acharyas
  • Adi Shankaracharya
  • Later Advaitins
  • Sri Ramanuja Acharya
  • Madhvacharya
  • Vallabha Acharya
  • Nimbarka
  • Ramananda
  • Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  • Saint Arunagiri
Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
  • Sri Rupa Goswami
  • Sri Sanatana Goswami
  • Gopal Bhatta Goswami
  • Ragunatha Bhatta Goswami‎
  • Sri Jiva Goswami
  • Raghunatha Dasa Goswami
Saints of Maharashtra
  • Samarth Ramdas
  • Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami
  • Sant Namdev
  • Sant Eknath
  • Sant Tukaram
  • Sant Dnyaneshwar
  • Shri Shankar Maharaj
Saints of North India
  • Goswami Tulsidas
  • Sant Surdas
  • Bhagwan Swaminarayan
Saints of South India
  • Purandara Dasa
  • Shri Trailanga Swami
Women Saints
  • Sant Meera Bai
  • Sant Janabai
  • Sant Bahinabai
  • Akka Mahadevi
  • Anandamayi Maa
  • Shree Sarada Devi
  • Sant Sakhubai
  • Shri Kalavati Mata
  • Sant Lalleshwari
13 Azhwars
The Azhwars came from diverse caste groups and lived between 5th and 9th Century in southern India. Being great devotees of Lord Vishnu, especially Ranghanatha, they composed beautiful devotional poetry in his praise. Their individual compositions were later compiled into a single scripture by the name "Divya Prabhandam".

Sundaramurthi Nayanar
  • Sant Andal
  • Kula sekhara
  • Poykai
  • Bhutam
  • Pey
  • Tirumazhisai
  • Nammalvar
  • Periyalvar
  • Madhurakavi
  • Tondar-adi-podi
  • Tiruppaan
  • Tirumangai
Saints of Recent Times
Others not yet classified
  • Panini
  • Sant Shreedhar Swami Maharaj
  • Sant Gadge Maharaj
  • Shri Sant Maniram Baba
  • Sant Gulabrao Maharaj
  • Tukdoji Maharaj
  • Pujya Shree Rang Avadhoot Maharaj
  • Narayana Guru
  • Baba Lokenath Brahmachari
  • Sri Yogaswami
  • Sant Dariya Saheb
  • Shri Swami Samarth
  • Sant Chokha Mela
  • Vidyaranya
  • Shri Allama Prabhu
  • Saint Mahatma Shri Basaveshwar
  • Appayya Dikshitar
  • Sant Dasganu
  • Meher Baba
  • Sri Narasimha Saraswati
  • Sripaad Shri Vallabh
  • Narayan Maharaj
  • Shri Gondavalekar Maharaj
  • Shri Manik Prabhu Maharaj
  • Shri Sadguru Shri Siddharudh Swamiji
  • Saint Gora Kumbhar
  • Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati
  • Sri Guru Raghavendra
  • Sri Parasara Bhattar
  • Shirdi Sai Baba
  • Shri Upasani Maharaj
  • Shri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon
  • Swami Vedanta Desikan


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