Our Lineage

During our over forty years on the spiritual path, we have been blessed by the association with many beautiful teachers. We are eternally grateful to all our teachers for their guidance and blessings.

We respect all spiritual paths and recognize that while the Truth is One there are many paths.

Below are some of the many spiritual traditions that have profoundly influenced our lives.

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Jesus Christ (7–2 BC – AD 30–33)

Jesus Christ brought the message of Universal Love and proclaimed that the Kingdom of Heaven is within you. He was a miracle worker who announced, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” Above all, Jesus taught the importance of Love. He said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Shakyamuni Buddha (566 BCE – 485 BCE)

The word Buddha means “awakened one”. After realizing that meditative dhyana was the right path to awakening, Shakyamuni discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way, a path of moderation, or the Noble Eightfold Path. At the time of his awakening, he realized complete insight into the cause of suffering, and the steps necessary to eliminate it. These discoveries became known as the “Four Noble Truths”. Through mastery of these truths, a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana, is believed to be possible for any being.

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Lao Tzu (604 BC – 531 BC)

When Lao Tzu was eighty years old he set out for the western border of China, saddened and disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. At the border, a guard asked Lao Tsu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power). The Taoist philosophy can be summed up as advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of non-interference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao.

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Guanyin Boddhisattva

Guanyin is the female form of Compassion, whose name means “She who hears the cries of the World.” Guanyin is a beloved form of the Divine Mother and is revered throughout Asia and the entire world. It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara. The Lotus Sūtra describes Avalokiteśvara as a bodhisattva who can take the form of any type of male or female, adult or child, human or non-human being, in order to teach the Dharma to sentient beings.

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Mahavatar Babaji

Paramahansa Yogananda stated in “Autobiography of a Yogi” that Mahavatar Babaji is birthless and deathless and dwells forever looking after the spiritual evolution of humanity. He can appear anywhere at any time when the situation merits it. Babaji initiated Lahiri Mahasya and instructed him to teach Kriya Yoga to householders so that they could attain the same advanced states of consciousness that the Himalayan Masters have reached. This is the monumental importance of Mahavatar Babaji’s divine gift of Kriya Yoga to humanity.

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Padmasambhava (eighth century C.E.)

Padmasambhava introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Tantric Buddhism. He is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava said: “My father is the intrinsic awareness. My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality. I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere of awareness. My name is the Glorious Lotus-Born. I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena. I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.”

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Ramalinga Swami (1823 – 1874)

Ramalinga Swami was one of the greatest saints in the history of India. He was a Mahasiddha who performed many miracles. At the age of fifty he told his disciples that he was going to leave because they weren’t practicing what he taught them. He told them to lock him in his room and after several months he dissolved his physical body into the Grace Light of God and was never seen again. Ramalinga said the key to spiritual development is to practice Loving Kindness toward all living beings every moment of your life.

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Shirdi Sai Baba (1835 – 1918)

Shirdi Sai Baba is probably the most popular Saint in India. He is beloved by both Hindus and Muslims. When he first arrived in the small village of Shirdi, the townspeople thought he was just a dirty beggar and persecuted him. It was only when he began performing miracles that they regarded him as a saint. When both Hindus and Muslims tried to claim him as their own, he replied, “I respect all regions but I’m not any one. My religion is Love.”

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Hazrit Inayat Khan (1882 – 1927)

Hazard Inayat Khan was the founder of The Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. His message of divine unity focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered religion void of spirit. He said, “The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within.” Inayat Khan’s work was carried on by his son, Pir Vilayat Khan and currently by his grandson Pir Zia.

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Baba Sawan Singh (1858 – 1948)

Baba Sawan Singh, also known as “The Great Master” or “Bade Maharaji” was an Indian Saint of the Sant Mat tradition. Sant Mat is an age-old, spiritual way of life that includes developing respect, trust, and love for all and discovering our full potential as true human beings. It is a lifestyle in harmony with higher values that nurtures our soul through meditation—the regular contact with the inner light and sound. This contact is made available through a living spiritual teacher.

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Meher Baba (1894 – 1969)

Meher Baba was an Indian spiritual master, regarded by many as the Avatar of the Age, who said, “I am not come to establish any cult, society, or organization; nor even to establish a new religion. The religion that I shall give teaches the knowledge of the One behind the many. The book that I shall make people read is the book of the heart that holds the key to the mystery of life. I shall bring about a happy blending of the head and the heart. I shall revitalize all religions and cults, and bring them together like beads on one string.”

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Hsu Yun – Empty Cloud (1840? – 1959)

Empty Cloud is credited with single-handedly preserving Zen in China. As the Red Guard were destroying the temples in China, Empty Cloud foresaw what was about to unfold and sent his disciple monks to safety outside China. When they begged him to leave with them, he said that if he went with them there would be no one left to preserve Zen in China. Empty Cloud was the most important Zen Master in modern Chinese history. We are greatly inspired and deeply guided by Empty Cloud.

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Peter Deunov (1864 – 1944)

Peter Deunov was a Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual teacher who was a representative of the Great White Brotherhood. Overall, Deunov gave approximately 3700 lectures in the three decades between 1914 and 1944. The themes of the different lecture streams were wide-ranging and encompassed, among others: religion, music, geometry, astrology, philosophy and esoteric science. Deunov taught his disciples many physical and breathing exercises for the purpose of remaining healthy and vital. He also promoted vegetarianism for ethical reasons, being against cruelty of any kind.

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