Four First-Class Sadhus
Here Abbot George relates his experiences with four monks he met in India that were definitely of the first class. These were:
The Ganges island swami
His friend in black
The Swami who would not be a pet
And his guru who laughed.
The Healer, the Raja, Neem Karoli Baba, and the Unnamed Master
This podcast highlights meetings with four remarkable saints:
My camera darshan of Neem Karoli Baba;
How I was healed without asking by Swami Krishnananda, a disciple of Holy Mother Sarada Devi;
My acquaintance with HRH Durga Singh, the Raja of Solan (Yogi Bhai), the saintly devotee of Anandamayi Ma;
The Unnamed Master, the yoga adept who hid his abilities behind the mask of ordinariness.
Three Remarkable Indian Saints
In this podcast, Abbot George tells of Swami Vidyananda (Bidyananda), Yogananda’s disciple who was the director of the Yogoda Satsanga school which Yogananda had founded before coming to America. He also tells about Swami Sivananda-Hridayananda (Doctor Mother) who was the eye surgeon turned Sannyasini who was the devoted disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. And he tells of “The King’s Daughter in Bengal.”
Memories of Sri Maitri Devi
Sri Maitri Devi had been born in the wealthiest and most influential family in Delhi. Her grandfather was the guru of an entire spiritual community in Agra (home of the Taj Mahal). Her guru, a female saint named Swami Purnananda, told her that she should become a nun and build a beautiful ashram in Delhi. “Many women will desire to live there, but you must only accept girls from the best and most devout families. If their families are not dharmic, refuse their request to live with you.”
The Monk That Challenged Lenin: Yogeshwar Brahmachari
Abbot George first saw Sri Yogeshwar Brahmachari at the birthday celebration of Anandamayi Ma in 1971. He was sitting on the speakers’ platform along with Ma and many spiritual figures of Northern India. While the others looked around and often made some overt response to what was being said over the microphone, Yogeshwarji sat totally unmoving for hours with closed eyes and holding his yoga danda upright without the slightest movement. Quiet and unassuming, he yet stood out in all situations.
Listen to how he went to Russia and challenged Vladimir Lenin, the first despot of the Soviet Union, on his atheistic ideas and the lack of freedom and morality which they produced.
Raihana Tyabji, the Moslem Saint Who Worshipped Krishna
Although Raihana was from a prominent Moslem family and every Friday had a man come to her room in Delhi and recite a chapter from the Koran, which she then kissed in reverence, she was a fervent devotee of Krishna, whose picture she kept on an altar where she could always see it. She had also written a remarkable book in 1924, The Heart of a Gopi, about the early life of Krishna based on her recall of a past life.
Didima (Swami Muktananda Giri), Mother of Anandamayi Ma
This is the remarkable story of Anandamayi Ma’s mother, Srimati Mokshada Sundari Devi Bhattacharya, who became Swami Muktananda Giri but was usually called Didima or Giriji. In this podcast Abbot George tells of his first meeting with her and some of his times with Didima, her background, and the humble and hidden role she played as the mother of one of India’s most famous spiritual figures, Anandamayi Ma.
The Yoga Life 7: Tips for Successful Meditation
In this the seventh podcast on the Yoga Life, Abbot George gives tips for success in meditation.
You will hear about:
• how to deal with inner negativity
• “getting rid of the ego”?
• the importance of keeping your spiritual life inside
• advice about your place of meditation
• the use of holy imagery in your home and meditation place.