Great Sages

SHRI ADI SHANKARA was an Acharya philosopher and the greatest exponent of the Vedanta Monistic School of India. He broke the anarchy created in the past by the Dualistic School, and planted the eternal tree of the Direct Realization of the Self as the most profound path to obtain spiritual development.

Shri Shankaracharya was born in Kaladi, India, in the midst of a family of Brahamins. He left his home at an early age to become a Sanyasin (renouncer). He was initiated by the Spiritual Master Govindapada, disciple of Gaudapada. He traveled all of India refuting the non-Vedic doctrines and establishing Monism as the true Vedic teaching. He founded Advaita Philosophy Centers in different parts of India and entrusted his four main disciples to continue his great Spiritual mission. Shri Adi Shankara left his physical body at the age of 32, after having completed the great mission for which he was sent.

Shri Shankaracharya is considered by many immortal masters as the most profound, the most brilliant, and the greatest of the masters known by the Vedanta Philosophy. In addition, he was the founder and wise craftsman of the most beautiful Yoga system known, the supreme path of wisdom, or direct knowledge of the self. He demonstrated that duality is illusory when the conscious plane is transcended and a highly superior cosmic state is reached, where there is no differentiation between the known conscious object, the nature of knowledge and the essence of the knower; this transcendental perception is reached and subtly perceived in the deepest state of Samadhi.


SWAMI GURU DEVANAND SARASWATI JI MAHARAJ was a spiritual teacher of the ascetic order of Shankara, India, who studied for an extended period of time in the Himalayan mountains, first with the revered and celebrated spiritual master, Mauna Swami (the Swami of Silence), who lived at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters above sea level. Later, he studied with the late Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Swami Shantanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj. 
Swami Guru Devanand preached the Philosophy of Mantra Yoga Meditation, which is the ultimate Mystical Key to contact the inner-self, source of energy, peace and happiness. Many great sages and saints have practiced Mantra Yoga Meditation regularly for more than fifty centuries.

With the firm objective of reaching world peace through individual peace, this Sage went into the world in a gesture of commitment, dedication, and love for humanity. During more than forty years this great Being traveled East and West bringing a message of peace, love, harmony, truth and union in His heart and lips. His profoundness, as well as the example and sacred teaching that He left as His legacy, have made an indelible print in the heart of the West. Many countries currently benefit from this magnificent philosophical discipline.

“It would be a mere presumption on my part to try to elucidate even a fraction of the marvelous contents of the Sacred Scriptures of the Vedas. If one could transform into paper all the trees and plants of the universe and turn into ink all the waters of the oceans, it would still not be sufficient to write in respect of the Eternal glories, marvels and grandeur of the All Mighty Creator and his Creation. Just as a deep mine of the purest gold cannot be found at the surface level, its rich veins will only reward those who have the patience to carry the lamp of faith for many years, even during times of darkness. If one should maintain firmly that flame of access to the Absolute Truth, until somehow or somewhere, by the Grace of a Great Master or Guru, our inner flame will guide us forward and upward into the presence of the Creator himself, and we find that which is revealed to some and not to others.”
Swami Guru Devanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj      


GURUJI LUIS F. RIVERA is a direct disciple of the Great Sage Swami Guru Devanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj and founder of Yoga centers in Puerto Rico, Queens, Bronx, Miami and Paraguay following the teachings of Mantra Yoga Meditation.

Guruji is a natural medicine doctor as well as a regular doctor with vast knowledge and experience in the natural medicine field. His profound lectures help us to learn more about nutrition, vegetarianism, natural medicine, Hatha Yoga and Mantra Yoga Meditation. Under the guidance of Swami Guru Devanand, Guruji has published the following books on the Yoga philosophy and Mantra Yoga Meditation: Junto al MaestroNacimos Para TriunfarHatha Yoga Devanand Primer Nivel,Vestidos de BlancoIntimidadesAsí habló Shri Adi ShankaracharyaInstantes: una Invitación a Despertar

Guruji has dedicated his entire life to serve humanity teaching his disciples profound and practical techniques from the Yoga philosophy to reach deeper conscious levels. He travels throughout the world teaching the profound Mantra Yoga Meditation technique helping thousands of individuals attain their spiritual development. Guruji is an example of humbleness and greatness.