Duchess Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro and Swami Chidananda

Duchess Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro was born in Rome in 1922. Descended from Russian aristocracy, the daughter of intellectual & politically inclined Giovanni Duke of Cesaro,’ she grew up in a sophisticated environment, and would end up halfway across the world not only geographically, but socially and ideologically, and then back again. Simonetta’s look, her …

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Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda)

Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda) (1904-1985) Blanca was born on the 7th of June 1904 in Vienna, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish businessman from a Polish family and her mother was from a Czechoslovakian family. There were early tragedies in her life. When Blanca was two years old her mother died after giving birth to a …

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New York Times: Climbing the Himalaya With Soldiers, Spies, Lamas and Mountaineers

By Jeffrey Gettleman Jan. 5, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET HIMALAYAA Human HistoryBy Ed Douglas When I first came to India, I asked one of the most erudite politicians in the Indian government a question I had been scared to pose to anyone else but that seemed fundamental to understanding the region: Why does India have so many …

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Ella Maillart: Discovering the unknown by herself

Ella Maillart was the pioneer solo woman explorer who found her spiritual side in India. By Ravi Shankar. The New Indian Express. Published: 27th September 2020 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2020 11:02 AM  | A casualty of the internet and satellite mapping is the explorer. Before technology, Huen Tsang, Marco Polo and Columbus explored uncharted lands, …

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Is this a Photograph of the Buddha?

Article by Tsem Rinpoche. A curious, yet ethereal photograph of Lord Buddha has been in circulation for quite some time. Supposedly a photograph taken of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha Shakyamuni, it raises a lot more questions than answers. According to rumours, the photograph was taken by a devotee visiting the holy site of Bodhgaya. After taking a …

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Crank’s Ridge: Alfred “Sunyata” Sorensen: a full Emptiness

Ashrams of India: Volume 2 Chapter 21 Uttarakhand, Crank’s Ridge Former haven for hippies and mystics during the 60s and 70s Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen (October 27, 1890 – August 13, 1984), also known as Sunyata, Shunya, or Sunyabhai, was a Danish mystic, horticulturalist, and writer. He lived in Europe, India and America. The son …

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Podcast: Indra Devi and The Goddess Pose

Granddaughter of Indra Devi’s friend Ruth Taylor, Francesca Rheannon speaks with Michelle Goldberg about Indra Devi. Her biography is The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.

YOGA in AMERICA – the first 100 years

Article by Richard, Hatha Yoga in America, from its introduction in Chicago back in 1893 to its contemporary proliferation across heartland USA. https://www.beezone.com/YogainAmerica/yoga_in_america.html

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