These are the main spiritual teachers, masters, yogis and sages that have inspired my path. Some of them I had the blessing to actually meet and spend time with (first section); others I have only known through their books.

Spiritual Masters I met

Lakshmana Swami (1925~)

The only enlightened disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi still alive today. He is a recluse, and  lives in Tiruvannamalai, India. 

Learn more: No Mind, I am the SelfSite


Mathru Sri Sarada (1959~)

An enlightened disciple of Lakshamana Swami (above), who achieved her realization through the path of Love. She is a recluse, and lives in Tiruvannamalai, India.

Learn more: No Mind, I am the Self, Site


Shivarudra Balayogi (1954~)

An enlightened yogi who achieved self-realization after 5 years of tapas (meditating in a room 18 hours a day). He shares talks and retreats in India, US, UK, Australia, Singapore.

Learn more: Official Website, Podcast interview, Wikipedia


Mooji (1954~)

An awakened student of Sri H.W.L Poonja, Mooji shares satsangs around the world, and also through YouTube, as well as retreats in Portugal, where he lives.

Learn more: Offical Website, Wikipedia


Tina Rasmussen (1963~)

A Buddhist nun well-known for her advice, retreats and book on achieving deep states of meditation (Jhanna / Samadhi).

Learn more: Official Website, Practicing the Jhannas (book)


Joshin Sensei

A french Zen-Buddhist nun with whom I trained in the summer of 2003 and 2004.

Learn more: La Demeure Sans Limite, The Bell of Life (post)


Zuiten (1956~2007)

A german Zen-Buddhist nun with whom I practiced for a long time, from 2002~2004.

Spiritual Masters That Inspired Me

Ramana Maharshi (1879~1950)

Learn More: Official Wesite, Be As You Are, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

Shivabalayogi (1935~1994)

Learn more: Life video, Wikipedia

Papaji (1910~1997)

Learn More: Avadhuta Foundation, Nothing Ever Happened, Fire of Freedom


Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897~1981)

Learn More: I Am That, Wikipedia

Swami Rama (1925~1996)

Learn More: Wikipedia


Swami Vivekananda (1863~1902)

Learn More: Wikipedia


Yogi Gupta (1913~2011)

Learn More: Dharma Yoga Center


Buddha (6th Century B.C.E)

Learn More: Wikipedia

Other spiritual influences

  • Advaita Vedanta
  • Buddhism
    • Moriyama Roshi — was my Zen Master, with whom I parted ways eventually
    • Cohen Roshi
    • Heila Downey
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Yoga
  • Others
    • Dr. Joshua David Stone
    • H.P. Blavatsky
    • Laozi (Lao Tzu) — through the legendary Tao Te Ching
    • Osho — helped in in certain stages of the way, but not someone I’d recommend right now
    • Eliphas Lévi
    • Papus
    • Dion Fortune

Learn more about the different spiritual paths, practices and disciplines here.

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