Art of Living

De in 1981 door Sri Sri Ravi Shankar opgerichte non-profit organisatie, Art of Living, heeft een educatieve en humanitaire grondslag en ontwikkelt stress management en dienstbaarheids-programma’s. De organisatie is in 152 landen actief.

The Vishva Hindu parishad or “Hindu World Council”

The Vishva Hindu parishad or “Hindu World Council” was founded in 1964 by Swami Chinmayananda in conjunction with other religious leaders. Its organizational structure was determined in 1982 in Delhi, now home to its headquarters. The VHP aims to reawaken Hindu Consciousness and to promote co-operation between Hindus throughout the world. It propounds a kind of…

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is a form of japa yoga, a form of meditation used in both Hindu and Sikh traditions.  

The Swami Narayan tradition

The Swami Narayan tradition was founded by Sahajananda Swami (1781-1830) considered by his followers as an incarnation of God. The group claims heritage from the Sri Sampradaya of Ramanuja one of the main Vaishnava traditions and its followers are mostly from Gujarat. There are now various Swami Narayana sampradayas reflecting different views on the identity of…

Sri Aurobindo Ashrama

Sri Aurobindo Ashrama was founded by Aurobindo Ghose (1871-1950) during his self-imposed exile in the French colony of Pondicherry. There he devouted his life to yoga and writing on spiritual matters. His ashram attracted many people from India and abroad. He attempted to formulate an integral yoga which synthesized Hindu Spirituality with modern ideas and an…

Siddha Yoga

Siddha Yoga was founded by Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) in 1961. the movement quotes and comments on ritual and philosophical texts of the Veda, Vedanta, Saiva Agama and Tantra and have given special prominence to texts of Kashmiri Shaivism. Siddha Yoga seems to have an open or an emerging cannon of scripture that is determined by the…

Sai Organization

Sai Organization was founded by the contemporary Indian guru Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba born in 1926 in Andhra Pradesh. He claims to be the reincarnation of the miracle-working Maharastrian saint Sai Baba of Shirdi (1856-1918). The movement follows the style of Hindu Bhakti but emphasizes the individual’s commintment to Sai Baba himself as personification of…

Sahaja Yoga

Sahaja Yoga was founded by Sri Mataji Nirmala (b. 1923). Its practices combine principles of Tantrism with rituals and symbols from other traditions especially from South Asia.  

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) was a widely recognized Hindu mystic who attracted many followers from both East and West. He was an extraordinary personality and his ashram became renowned for giving all its inhabitants a deep sense of peace and tranquility. Ramana Maharshi is credited with establishing the relevance of the Advaita philosophy to the modern world….

The Ramakrishna Mission

The Ramakrishna Mission was founded by the Bengali saint Vivekananda Swami (1863-1902) in the name of his guru, Ramakrishna (1836-1886).  Vivekananda Swami was expert in presenting Advaita Vedanta from Shankara and greatly impressed the Western World in his presentation to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. It is headed by a well-disciplined and…