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Swami NadaBrahmananda Saraswati

(March 21, 1941, Blackpool, Lancashire, England-Alive). Tantric Yoga and Divine Life Swami. Known as the "Peace Pilgrim." Electrical Engineer. Software Programmer. Systems Designer and Analyst. Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers. Joined Rosicrucian Order AMORC after an out-of-body experience, 1971. Moved to Canada, 1971, and became a Canadian citizen, 1977. Trained as a Yoga Teacher, 1978. Studied and took initiations in a variety of spiritual paths, including Tantric Yogo and Vajra Yoga Sadhana. Co-Founder, Spiritual Meditation Group, Incorporated, Montreal, Canada, 1979. Joined staff of Swami Vishnu-devananda, 1991. Lived in India and Malaysia, returning to Canada in 1994. Founder, International Meditation Society, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1994. Began a Yatra (pilgrimage) to promote health, healing, and world peace, October 1, 1999. His pilgrimage continues to this day.

 

Swami NadaBrahmananda Saraswati Signature

Nara Chandrababu Naidu

(April 20, 1951, Naravaripally, India-Alive). Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, 1995-2004. Leader of the Telugu Desam Party. Son-in-law of Nandamuri Taraka Ram Rao. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, September 1, 1995-2004. Noted for his efficiency and visionary approach to governance. Co-Author of Plain Speaking.

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Sarojini Naidu Nayadu

(February 13, 1879, Hyderabad, India-March 2, 1949, Lucknow, India). Governor of Uttar Pradesh, 1947-1949. Born Sarojini Chattopadhyaya. Known as Bharatiya Kokila ("The Nightingale of India"). Freedom fighter and poet. Arrested and jailed during freedom struggle. Ambassador of the Home Rule League to Great Britain, 1919-1920. President, Indian National Congress, 1925. Governor of Uttar Pradesh, August 15, 1947-March 2, 1949. First woman to serve as Governor of an Indian state. Author of The Golden Threshold (1905), The Bird of Time (1912), and The Broken Wing (1912).

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Sir Vidiadhar Suraprasad Naipaul

(August 17, 1932, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago-Alive). Author. Born of Indo-Trinidadian ethnicity and Hindu heritage. Lives in Witlshire, England. Received Booker Prize, 1971. Received Nobel Prize in Literature, 2001. Knighted, 2001. Author of The Mystic Masseur (1957), The Suffrage of Elvira (1958), Miguel Street (1959), A House for Mr. Biswas (1961), Mr. Stone and the Knight's Companion (1963), A Flag on the Island (1967), The Mimic Men (1967), The Loss of Eldorado (1969), In a Free State (1971), Guerillas (1975), A Bend in the River (1979), Finding the Centre (1984), The Enigma of Arrival (1987), A Way in the World (1994), Half a Life (2001), and Magic Seeds (2004). Also author of numerous non-fiction works.

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Gulzarilal Nanda

(July 4, 1898, Sialkot, Punjab, India-January 15, 1998, Ahmadabad, India). 2nd Prime Minister of India, 1964, 1966. Professor of Economics, National College, 1921. Joined Non-Cooperation Movement, 1921. Secretary, Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association, 1922-1946. Imprisoned for Satyagraha, 1932, 1942-1944. Member, Bombay Legislative Assembly, 1937. Labour Minister of Bombay, 1946-1950. President, National Trade Union Congress. Union Minister of Planning, Irrigation and Power, 1951-1957. Congress Party Member of the Lok Sabha, 1952-1977. Union Minister for Labour and Employment and Planning, 1957-1963. Union Minister for Home Affairs, 1963-1966. 2nd Prime Minister of India, May 27-June 9, 1964, January 11-24, 1966. Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, 1964. Minister of Railways, 1970-1971. Received Bharat Ratna, 1997.

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Kocheril Raman Narayanan

(February 4, 1921, Perumthanam, Kerala, India-November 9, 2005, New Delhi, India). 10th President of India, 1997-2002. A Dalit and Malayali. Indian Ambassador to Thailand, 1967-1969. Indian Ambassador to Turkey, 1973-1975. Indian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1976-1978. Indian Ambassador to the United States, 1980-1984. Congress Party Member of the Lok Sabha, 1984-1992. Union Minister of State, 1985-1989. Vice President of India, 1992-1997. 10th President of India, July 25, 1997-July 25, 2002.

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Sushila Nayar

(December 26, 1914, Kunjah, Gujarat, India [now Pakistan]-January 3, 2001, Sevagram, India). Union Minister of Health, 1962-1967. Personal physician to Mahatma Gandhi, Sevagram, India, 1939, 1942-1948. Arrested and imprisoned during freedom struggle. Founded Kasturba Hospital. After Gandhiji's death, she obtained her M.P.H. and Dr. of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1950. Chief of the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation. Elected to Delhi State Assembly, 1952-1957 (Speaker) and named Delhi Health Minister, 1952-1955. Member, Lok Sabha, 1957-1971, 1971-1979. Union Minister of Health, 1962-1967. Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, 1994.

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Jawaharlal Nehru

(November 14, 1889, Allahabgad, Uttar Pradesh, India-May 27, 1964). 1st Prime Minister of India, 1947-1964. Also known as Pandit Nehru. A leader of the Indian independence movement and confidant of Mahatma Gandhi. Son of Motilal Nehru. Father of Indira Gandhi. President, Alahabad Municipal Corporation, 1924-1926. General Secretary, All India Congress Committee, 1926-1928. President of the Indian National Congress, 1929, 1935-1936, 1951-1954. Proclaimed Indian independence, January 26, 1930. Jailed during Quit India movement. 1st Prime Minister of India, August 15, 1947-May 27, 1964.

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Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit

(1900, Allahabad, India-December 1, 1990, Dehra Dun, India). President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1953. Member of Lok Sabha, 14 years. Indian Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., 1947-1949. 2nd Indian Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, 1949-1952. President of the 8th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1953. Indian High Commissioner to Great Britain and Ambassador to Ireland, 1954-1961. Indian Ambassador to Spain, 1958-1961. Governor of Maharashtra, 1962-1964. Member of the Lok Sabha, 1964-1968. Sister of Jawaharlal Nehru. First woman to preside over the General Assembly of the United Nations. Married Ranjit Pandit. Critic of Indira Gandhi.

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Swami Nirliptananda

(1938, Guyana-Alive). Hindu Swami. Sannyasin of the Bharat Sevasharam Sangha, Calcutta, India. In charge of the London branch of the Sangha.

 

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Swami Nirmalananda

(December 2, 1924, Malabar Region, Kerala, India-January 10, 1997, Balliligiri Rangana Hills, India). Hindu Swami. Postal worker. Received enlightenment in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Became a sannyasin and settled in the forests of Balliligiri Rangana Hills, India, 1964. Worked on behalf of the Soliga tribals. Founder, Viswa Shanti Nikethana Ashram. Observed mauna (silence) for 11 years. Lived on edible wild greens and bread. Willed his own death through the practice of prayopavesha (fasting).

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Swami Omkarananda Saraswati

(December 25, 1929, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India-Alive). Hindu Swami. Sage. Mystic. Philosopher. Initiated into Sannyasa by HH. Shri Swami Shivananda and given the name Bala-Yogi Bala-Byani and titled Adhyatma Kavita-Bhaskara, 1947. Also received his Sri Vidya Mantra Diksha from the Divine Mother Meenakshi of Madurai Temple. Promulgated the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. Practiced spiritual inner silence, 1962-1965. Emigrated to the West, 1965. Founder, Omkarananda International Ashram in Winterthur, Switzerland, October, 1966. Founder-President of several charitable trust societies, schools, and a research institute for the synthesis of science. Known as "Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda." Considered the supreme embodiment of the highest Truth and the Divine Reality.

 

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His Holiness Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Osho

(December 11, 1931, Kuchwada, India-January 19, 1990, Pune, India). Spiritual Teacher. Born Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain and also known as Acharya Rajneesh. Began public ministry at Sarva Dharma Sammelan Jain festival, Jabalpur, India, 1939. Became enlightened March 21, 1953. Professor of Philosophy, Jabalpur University, to 1966. Taught a philosophy which incorporated elements of major world faiths, emphasizing laughter, love, meditation, creativity, celebration and awareness. His controversial views included free love and meditative therapy. Initiated his first sannyasin, September 26, 1970. Founder, Ashram, Pune, India, 1974. Entered period of public silence, 1981-1984. Moved to the United States and founded Rajneeshpuram, Wasco County, Oregon, 1981. Lived in luxury, with 93 Rolls-Royces. Opposition to his group and accusations against his top followers of attempted murder and other crimes caused him to flee country. Returned to Pune, 1987. Took name of Osho, 1988. Died of heart failure.

 

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