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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.
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Saints of Ancient Times
 Maharshi Vyasa
 Sage Yajnavalkya
 Yogi Bhusanda
 Dattatreya
 Yogi Jaigisavya
 Tirumala Nayanar
 Valmiki
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The Acharyas
 Adi Shankaracharya
 Later Advaitins
 Sri Ramanuja Acharya
 Madhvacharya
 Vallabha Acharya
 Nimbarka
 Ramananda
 Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
 Saint Arunagiri
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Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
 Sri Rupa Goswami
 Sri Sanatana Goswami
 Gopal Bhatta Goswami
 Ragunatha Bhatta Goswami‎
 Sri Jiva Goswami
 Raghunatha Dasa Goswami
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Saints of Maharashtra
 Samarth Ramdas
 Shri Krishna Saraswati Swami
 Sant Namdev
 Sant Eknath
 Sant Tukaram
 Sant Dnyaneshwar
 Shri Shankar Maharaj
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Saints of North India
 Goswami Tulsidas
 Sant Surdas
 Bhagwan Swaminarayan
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Saints of South India
 Purandara Dasa
 Shri Trailanga Swami
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Women Saints
 Sant Meera Bai
 Sant Janabai
 Sant Bahinabai
 Akka Mahadevi
 Anandamayi Maa
 Shree Sarada Devi
 Sant Sakhubai
 Shri Kalavati Mata
 Sant Lalleshwari
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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
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Saints of Recent Times
 Neem Karoli Baba
 Swami Rama Tirtha
 Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
 Paramahamsa Yogananda
 Shri Ramana Maharshi
 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
 Swami Vivekananda
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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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