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Sri Ramanasramam – May 2021
Ma & Me: The Anandamayi Ma Documentary
A long-awaited documentary on the life of beloved Indian saint Anandamayi Ma (1896 -1982), known as the Bliss Permeated Mother. The film includes precious archival footage of Ma Herself, moving reminiscences from devotees who actually knew Ma, and personal stories from others who never met Ma but are deeply affected by Her. Most filming was done in 2011, with the exception of archival interviews and footage. Jai Ma!
Shivapuri Baba Discourse
One of the few known and available recordings of Shivapuri Baba’s voice. Produced by J. Bennett in April 1962.
Ramesh Balsekar – Self-Realization Is The Simplest Thing
The Sadhu who came to Varanasi from Italy
Varanasi has seen countless mornings over the last few thousand years. And on one of those mornings, Ayush Dinker met a man who was probably one of the most enlightened souls he had ever met and interviewed during his career as a filmmaker. His name was Baba Shiva Das. In 1974, at the age of 22 Baba Shiva Das arrived in India, he felt an attraction – so much so that he decided to spend the remainder of his life in this city. He passed away in May 2020.
Buddha Bose’s 1947 Ticket to a Plane Crash and Holy Kailas
Before taking my readers straight into the subject matter of my book, I consider it my duty to state by way of introduction “why and what made me go to the Holy Kailas and Manasrovar.”
In the year of 1947, when I was on my way to the United States of America, I met with an air crash, as a result of which my face and hands were burnt and the spine was fractured. I was under medical treatment in Beirut and also in the United States. Medical Science did a wonder cure to my face and hands but unfortunately could not do anything to my fractured spine except putting a steel jacket round my waist. After my return to India I suffered a lot with my spine which was gradually becoming worse. I consulted many doctors but to no effect. I was getting fever and was confined to bed. After realizing that I was beyond human cure, I decided to go to Sree Kedar and Badrinath. I came to this decision because I heard the doctors say that I would have spinal tuberculosis and paralysis of the legs. So I decided to pray to God and leave myself entirely to His mercy and planned to go to the Holy shrines of the Himalayas and to the Holy Kailas and Manasrovar. This was not my first visit to these places. In the year 1940 I was there and had the opportunity to see the spiritual power of those Holy Places, and that divine influence made me think to go there.
The 21st of May, 1948 was my scheduled date to leave Calcutta and it so happened that on the 19th, just two days before my departure, my eldest son dropped from the swing and broke his arm. The condition of my mind at that time may well be imagined. I gave up all hopes of getting cured at the Holy places of the Himalayan Ranges by Divine Power. But Bivake (conscience) gave strength to my mind and said “Have faith in God.” So, surrendering completely to God, I left Calcutta on the 21st of May, the scheduled date.
When there was only a few miles journey left to reach Sree Kedarnath I had an attack of high fever with a temperature of 103 degrees. This made me give up all hopes to reach my destination. Next day, I do not know how, I got strength of mind and I decided to go ahead even at the risk of my life. Somehow I managed to reach Sree Kedarnath inspite of high fever.
The sight of the snow peaks of the Kedarnath Range and the age-old Temple which was built by the ‘Pandavas’ to mark the place where they met “Sadasiva” on their way to Mahaprasthan thrilled my mind with Spiritual Vibration. After washing my face, hand and feet in the holy river Mandarin I sat down inside the Dharamsala (rest-house) to do my regular prayers. When I took 4 or 5 Pranayam breathings I heard the Divine Voice of Lord Siva directing me to observe certain performances for my cure. I threw away the steel jacket I was wearing and obeyed the Divine Voice. It took me 26 hours at a stretch to complete the ritual performances — sitting in one Asana. When this was done, I went to the river Mandarin and took my bath. From there I entered the Temple and after uttering the ‘Stotras’ (verses) for half and hour, when I came out of the Temple, to my great wonder and surprise there was no pain in the spine and I was completely cured. Since then I am without the steel jacket.
This is the Divine Power which I experienced there and this moved me so much that I thought it my duty to show these places to all, to inspire many to go and visit the places. I took a colour movie picture of those holy places so that I might give a little glimpse of these places to those who might not be able to undertake the travel inspite of their wishes. Accordingly I showed the film at different places throughout the country and every where my patrons requested me to write a book giving a detailed description of the route to the Holy Shrines. This is what prompted me to bring out this publication.
I shall consider my labour amply rewarded if it serves the purpose for which it is meant.
For the convenience of my readers I have tried my level best to make the following pages as much illustrative as possible.
Click on the link below to view AP footage of the wreckage and crash site.
Katya Douglas’ aka Kitty Osborne’s Memories of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda)
Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda) (1904-1985) This photograph was taken while Atmananda was still known as “Miss Blanca” by her students and friends at Krishnamurti’s Rajghat School.
She first went to India in 1925, to The Theosophical Society 50th anniversary celebrations at its headquarters in Adyar, Madras.
On another trip to India in 1942, Blanca went to Tiruvannamalai, to see Ramana Maharshi, hoping that he would be able to give her the peace of mind she had been unable to obtain from JK’s teachings. She stayed for about six weeks. After an interval of over 12 years, her diary recommences with an entry ‘Ramanashram, 17th May 1942’. Whilst there, Blanca felt peace and the power of the higher Self; talked to other seekers; visited the mountain Arunachala and had various visions and dreams. Throughout the rest of her diaries Blanca makes reference to Ramana with deep reverence and affection, but her destiny was to become the disciple of another guru, Anandamayi Ma.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1968
From a French documentary, with English subtitles, showing historic footage of the ashram.
Les itinéraires d’Ella Maillart (1973)
In this French-filmed interview at her Swiss Alps chalet in 1973, Ella talks about her time with Ramana Maharshi.
Read about this interview (Ella Maillart of Switzerland Part II) here;
The Women of Yoga Research Campaign
This campaign will raise funds to translate and publish the 1955 book by Labanya Palit, a Ghosh lineage yoga teacher and author from Kolkata. It will also kick off the research into other women of yoga whose stories have been lost, forgotten or never told to begin with. You can read more about the project here!
We hope you will join us in this important campaign! Sign up for the mailing list to be the first to know when it’s live. Stay tuned…
Swami Ramanagiri pays his last respects to Sri Ramana Maharshi on the day of Ramana’s funeral April 15th, 1950
Peer Wertin (Swami Ramanagiri) was a natural born Western mystic, a member of the Swedish Royal Family, who renounced an inheritance to become a holy man in India and attained Moksha (liberation) under Ramana Maharshi. Early in the footage other Western ashram residents can be seen – Eleanor Pauline Noye, Major Alan W. Chadwick and Lucia Osborne.
Details of this Indian Government Newsreel footage can be found here:
Yogananda Meets Ramana Maharshi
This is the earliest surviving footage of Ramana Maharshi that comes from the Self-Realization Fellowship, an organisation founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, the well-known author of the Autobiography of a Yogi. While he was collecting material for his book, he made a visit to the Maharshi, on November 29 1935. This visit is well documented in Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Jerome Armstrong, author of Calcutta Yoga, writes that the people in this video, from left to right, are Yogananda’s western secretary, Richard Wright, a student from Cincinnati, Miss Ettie Bletch, then next to Yogananda, Paul Brunton. At the 3:30 mark, a few other people enter the scene. They are, from left to right, Buddha Bose, Bishnu Ghosh, and Bijoy Kumar Mallick. They are the originators of what is now known as ‘Hot Yoga’ style of asana practice. The three are touring with Yogananda in South India, 1935. Among the places they go are Mysore, where they meet with Krishnamacharya and a young student that performs asanas for them, BKS Iyengar. Interesting huh?
Details of this film footage can be found here:
Auroville: The Indian Paradise of Human Unity (2010)
Auroville (2010): Mirra Alfassa or ‘The Mother’ founded the ‘City of Dawn’ in Viluppuram in 1968. Her work within the experimental township has promoted a harmonious lifestyle to all who live there.
Inside Tibet (1943)
FILM REPORT: On the journey of a U.S. military and diplomatic mission from Gangtok, India, to Lhasa, Tibet during World War II. The party journeys through Natu La and Kechu La passes, stops at the British trail station, Gyantse, reviews troops of Tropji Regiment and is ferried across the Brahmaputra River. Scenes of Tibetan natives, terrain, travel facilities, housing a New Year religious festival, the Dalai Lama’s palaces in Lhasa, monasteries and other religious buildings. – National Archives and Records Administration – ARC Identifier 40103 / Local Identifier 226.5 – Inside Tibet – Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services. Field Photographic Branch. (01/04/1943 – 10/01/1945).
Meeting the Beatles in India Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Indie
‘Meeting the Beatles in India’ A Fellow Seeker’s Documentary Blends Fab Four Lore and Gentle TM Proselytism.
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 21 Uttarakhand.
Sri Ramana Maharshi – JNANI The Silent Sage of Arunachala
The only way out is within.
JNANI is a feature-length documentary focussing on the life and teachings of the great Indian sage, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. The film has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of spiritual filmmaking.
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 19 Tamil Nadu.
SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI MEDITATION HALL …Talk by David Godman
Arunachala Shiva – Teachings of Ramana Maharshi
Arunachala Shiva is a profound homage to the spiritual greatness of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi who is one of India’s most well-known Sages. The Film expresses the important aspects of Sri Ramana’s life and teachings. It presents the highlights of the thought provoking commentaries from David Godman, James Swartz and John David on Sri Ramana’s most important written works. Best Film Material of Sri Ramana, Ramana Ashram and Arunachala.
Un + Une
Famous French film score composer Antoine resembles the heroes in the films whose scores he composes. He’s charming, successful, and goes through life with humor and lightheartedness.
When he travels to India to work on an original version of Romeo and Juliet, he encounters the wife of the French ambassador to India, Anna, a woman with whom he has nothing in common, but who he finds devastatingly attractive. Together they’ll live an incredible adventure. Starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and directed by the legendary Claude Lelouch, Un plus une is an instant film classic.
“The story casts a certain spell with its touches of movie love, its elegant score by frequent Lelouch collaborator Francis Lai, and especially its central performances. As Westerners who are self-absorbed in different ways, Zylberstein and Dujardin spar intriguingly, openhearted and humbled, broken and mending.” – Hollywood Reporter, Sheri Linden.
Watch on Netflix France (with English subtitles):
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Blueprints for Awakening. Wisdom Of The Masters
www.blueprintsforawakening.org Interviews with 16 Indian Masters about the teachings of Ramana Maharshi. This unique film presents fresh, modern dialogues about ancient truth. Interviewer Premananda’s familiarity with this subject, combined with his many years of experience guiding spiritual seekers, create fascinating, lively interactions with each of the Masters. The questions relate to major topics which we meet on the spiritual journey, such as Enlightenment, Self-enquiry, the Nature of the Mind and the World, Guru and Devotion.
The Razor’s Edge 1946 Tyrone Power & Gene Tierney
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 19 Tamil Nadu.
Introduction, Author Biography, Plot Summary, Characters, Themes, Style, Historical Context, Critical Overview, Criticism, Sources, Further Reading
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das
In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master.
Featuring interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee), and many others.
Musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) & Devadas.
Breath of the Gods
A Jan Schmidt-Garre film journeying to the origins of modern yoga. Modern yoga, that is, the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to Lord Shiva according to Indian tradition. At the same time, however, modern yoga originated in the early 20th century, a creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). That story is far less known and is what this film is all about.
Krishnamacharya’s life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the director Jan Schmidt-Garre on his search for authentic yoga. His journey leads him from the legendary students and relatives of Krishnamacharya’s to the source of modern yoga, at the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore. From Pattabhi Jois Jan learns the “Sun salutation,” from Iyengar the “King of Asanas,” the headstand, and finally Sribhashyam reveals to him his father’s secret “Life Saving Yoga Session.”
A feature-length documentary including rare historical footage as well as lavish reenactments.
Película “100 Años de Gratitud”
Film made in commemoration of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya’s 100th birthday. Research and Commentary by Sarah Dars. This movie is a must see for every yoga practitioner. We hope you enjoy it as much or more than we do.
Awake: The Life of Yogananda
A documentary about the Indian yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda who came to the West in the 1920s to teach yoga and meditation.
The film includes interviews with disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda, as well as with Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Krishna Das, and others. It was filmed over three years with the participation of thirty countries, including on pilgrimages in India, at Harvard Divinity School and its physics labs, the Centre for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Chopra Centre in Carlsbad, California.
Ashrams of India: Volume 2.
Yogoda Satsanga Society Paramahansa Yogananda
Film shot by Richard Wright on tour in India with Paramahansa Yogananda during 1935/6.
Yogananda’s India 2015
Presentation of slides and short video clips from a pilgrimage tour of the locations relevant to Paramahansa Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga guru lineage in October of 2015 with Ron Lindahn and Hélène Castéra. For more information visit www.yoganandasindia.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Home of Tulsi Bose, Paramahansa Yogananda’s boyhood friend
Ashrams of India: Volume 2.
Jesus In Kashmir
A Documentary by the Indian Government.
Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 8 Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian Masters and their Ashrams
A 5-part 2012 film by Igor Ishtatva. Part 1: Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramesh S. Balsekar, Ranjit Maharaj, Bhagawan Nityananda, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mata Amritanandamayi, Sri Subhananda. Part 2: Ajja, Swami Ramdas, Swamigal, Sri Aurobindo & The Mother
Part 3: Sri Ramana Maharshi, Radha Ma, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Siva Sakthi Ammaiyar, Sathya Sai Baba. Part 4: Sri Brahmam. Part 5: Devraha Baba, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Poonjaji, Papaji.
Moses buried in Kashmir
The mainly Muslim inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley are convinced that both Moses and Jesus Christ have their tombs in this fertile region of India.
APTV has rare pictures of what’s locally believed to be Moses’ last resting place, in a travel-restricted area on India’s heavily guarded border with Pakistan.
Bashir Ahmad Reshi has tended this tomb since he was a boy and his family has cared it for more generations then he can say. He’s never had any doubt that this is the final resting place of the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt and passed on the Ten Commandments from God.
Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 8 Jammu and Kashmir.
Souljourns – Sri M – A Stunning first-person account of a modern mystic
A 2012 Documentary by Ted Henry and Jody Cleary of the
Sri M lives in the ashram he created in Madanapalle, India. Born into a Muslim family as, Mumtaz Ali Khan, Sri M is considered to be one of India’s leading contemporary mystics. As a young man, Sri M lived for several years high in the Himalayan mountains with his teacher, Sri Maheshwarnath Babaji who in turn was the disciple of Mahavatar Babaji.
In this interview, Sri M tells of meeting in person, Shirdi Sai Baba, Mahavatar Babaji, serpent spiritual beings from another galaxy and many others, comments that stretch one’s credulity, and faith, just as Sri M prefers.
Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 1 Andhra Pradesh.
Souljourns – Sri M – 2018 Interview Part 1, Serpent Spiritual Beings from another planet and others. Part 2 Interview and Lesson, The importance of opening the heart
Souljourns – Bill Aitken – Sai Baba
A Documentary by Ted Henry and Jody Cleary.
Author and travel writer Bill Aitken (Footloose in the Himalaya) spent seven ascetic years in the Mirtola Ashram. There, he met and fell in love with The Maharani Prithwi Bir Kaur of Jind. The Mirtola teaching was, “Love is the guide” and this love brought an end to his restlessness and wanderlust. Aitkens found a home in Oakless, her private residence in Mussoorie’s Bala Hissar neighbourhood. Their guru Sri Krishna Prem told Aitken that Prithwi could teach him more than he could. The Maharani was also a devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. In 1982, Sai Baba spent two nights as her guest in Oakless. The Maharani eventually became Aitken’s guru. The most extraordinary thing about their 38-year relationship was how quickly the time passed. He was able to take her to the ‘off the beaten track’ places where royals were unaccustomed, they trekked to all the holy sites of Uttarakhand twice and on separate trips twice to Sri Hemkund Sahib and to the Valley of the Flowers. The Maharani died in 2010.
The Maharani Prithwi Bir Kaur of Jind (The Phulkian Dynasty)
This exceptional interview is with a woman, a Queen in reality, who has been a follower of Sathya Sai Baba since the 1960s. Her life has carried her through enormous ups and downs, but through it all, the Spirit and Love of Baba was at her side. This interview was recorded in Brindavan, Whitefield, India in April 2003.
Woman with altitude: this adventurer is recreating the journey of Alexandra David–Neél
100 years since the Suffragettes first won women the right to vote, many International Women’s Day events are looking to further equality and opportunity for women around the world – and for some, like adventurer Elise Wortley, celebrating the historic achievements of our forebears is an opportunity in itself. Wortley has set out on an ambitious trek across the mountainous Indian Himalayan region to follow in the footsteps of legendary female explorer Alexandra David-Neél, who undertook a treacherous 14-year trans-Himalayan journey to Tibet in 1924. Find out more at tempusmagazine.co.uk @tempusmagazine. https://tempusmagazine.co.uk/news/the-adventure-of-a-lifetime-tempus-talks-to-extreme-explorer-elise-wortley
Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 18 Sikkim.
Voyage au Tibet interdit (Bande-annonce)
In 2004, Priscilla Telmon left Hanoi for 5,000 kilometres of solitary adventure through the Himalaya. It follows the route of the explorer Alexandra David-Neel, the second Western woman to visit Tibet, and the first Western woman to visit Lhasa and to speak to the Dalai Lama.
En 2004, Priscilla Telmon quitte Hanoi, au Vietnam, pour 5000 kilomètres d’aventure solitaire à travers l’Himalaya. Elle suit l’itinéraire de l’exploratrice Alexandra David-Neel, qui en 1924 fut la première occidentale à rentrer clandestinement dans Lhassa, la cité interdite du pays des neiges. Pour la jeune femme, ce périple sur les chemins du ciel représente un pèlerinage de plus de 6 mois de marche, de découverte et de cheminement intérieur pour renouer avec le souffle, et l’esprit des grandes expéditions passées. Mais c’est aussi et surtout un véritable hommage aux mille peuples de l’Himalaya, menacés par la marche du monde, et une façon de mesurer ce qui du Tibet d’aujourd’hui ressemble encore au pays des neiges éternelles qu’Alexandra a connu…
Les Chemins Du Possible – S01E03 – Indes : Les Gardiens De L’Eau
“Les chemins du possible” est une série documentaire dédiée à la présentation de différentes initiatives de développement durable à travers la planète. Priscilla Telmon, célèbre photographe et écrivain, prend une nouvelle fois la route pour emmener le téléspectateur sur tous les continents, partout où des hommes ont fait preuve d’ingéniosité pour mieux vivre tout en respectant leur environnement.
Qu’il s’agisse des infrastructures ultra-modernes d’une mégapole comme Tokyo ou du nouveau tourisme éthique développé au Bhoutan, Priscilla Telmon dresse le portrait de différents modes de vie en plein renouveau. Ses voyages l’entraînent également au Mali ou en Inde, où apparaissent de nouveaux modèles économiques fondés sur un commerce réellement équitable entre les peuples.
Grand reporter, photographe, écrivain-voyageur, membre de la Société des explorateurs français, Priscilla Telmon se consacre depuis 1999 à des expéditions de redécouverte qui mêlent l’histoire et l’aventure, dans l’esprit des explorateurs passés. Elle parcourt le globe à la rencontre de ceux qui oeuvrent pour l’environnement, le développement durable et proposent des alternatives concrètes.
Avec, comme toujours, l’écologie en ligne de mire, Priscilla Telmon centre son voyage sur une denrée en voie de disparition en Inde : l’eau.
Une traversée de l’Inde du Nord, du Gujarat jusqu’au golfe de Bengale, à la rencontre des hommes et des femmes qui se battent en faveur d’une meilleure utilisation de l’eau.
Priscilla arrive à Suthri, dans le Gujarat. Pendant quelques jours, elle apprend le fonctionnement du système de la récolte de la rosée dans cette région aride. Alignées sur les collines, les bâches qui condensent l’humidité dans l’air font désormais partie du paysage.
En route vers le Rajasthan : dans la province d’Alwar, elle rencontre Rajendra Singh qui lui parle de son projet de construction de réservoirs pour lutter contre la désertification de la région.
Haut lieu sur le cours du Gange, la ville de Varanassi accueille des pèlerins venus se baigner dans les eaux saintes mais très polluées du Gange. Priscilla rencontre Veer Bhadra Mishra, leader spirituel, grand prêtre de la ville ,mais aussi acteur principal pour le traitement des eaux usées qui tous les jours sont jetées au Gange.
A Bhubaneswar, Le Dr jena dirige un centre de traitement des eaux usées à travers la pisciculture. Avec ce projet, il contribue à désengorger les égoûts de sa ville et à créer des sources de revenus à quelques familles. Ce voyage se termine naturellement au bord de la mer, de la goutte d’eau sur les collines de Suthri à la mer du Golfe de Bengale.
The Alexandra David-Néel: J’irai au pays des neiges
This 2012 biographical telefilm retraces the journey of Alexandra David-Néel, accompanied by Aphur Yougden, a child lama who was to become her adopted son, for 13 years of wanderings from India to the lands of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plains, and of their arrival in Lhasa on Feb. 28, 1924.
First trip to Tibet and meeting with the Panchen Lama in 1916
Wikipedia mentions that this Prima Donna, on the 13th of July 1916, without asking for permission, left for Tibet from Sikkim, accompanied by Yongden and a monk. She planned to visit two great religious centers close to her Sikkim retreat: the monastery of Chorten Nyima and Tashilhunpo Monastery, close to Shigatse, one of the biggest cities of southern Tibet. At the monastery of Tashilhunpo, where she arrived on 16 July, she was allowed to consult the Buddhist scriptures and visit various temples. On the 19th, she met with the Panchen Lama, by whom she received blessings and a charming welcome: he introduced her to his entourage’s persons of rank, to his professors, and to his mother (with whom David-Néel tied bonds of friendship and who suggested to her to reside in a convent). The Panchen Lama bade and proposed her to stay at Shigatse as his guest, what she declined, leaving the town on 26 July, not without having received the honorary titles of a Lama and a doctor in Tibetan Buddhism and having experienced hours of great bliss. She pursued her escapade at Tibet by visiting the printing works of Nartan (snar-thang) before paying a visit to an anchorite which had invited her close to the lake Mo-te-tong. On 15 August, she was welcomed by a Lama at Tranglung.
Upon her return to Sikkim, the colonial British authorities, pushed by missionaries exasperated by the welcome afforded David-Néel by the Panchen Lama and annoyed by her having ignored their ban of entering Tibet, thrust a notification of expulsion upon her.
Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 18 Sikkim.
Alexandra David-Néel: from Sikkim to Forbidden Tibet (English subtitles)
Alexandra David Neel, du Sikkim au Tibet interdit: Avant 1923, le Tibet était représenté sur les cartes par une tache blanche. Alexandra David-Néel sera la première à dessiner cette face cachée du monde. Alexandra David-Néel fut la première Occidentale à entrer à Lhassa, la ville interdite. Cet exploit la rendit mondialement célèbre. A travers le témoignage pittoresque et touchant de Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet, sa dernière gouvernante, qui repart sur ses traces, vivez l’histoire de cette exploratrice hors du commun, morte à 101 ans, juste après avoir fait renouveler son passeport.
Alexandra David Neel – Reportage – Visites privées
Retour sur l’incroyable vie d’Alexandra David Neel, infatigable voyageuse et première femme au monde à pénétrer au sein de la ville sainte de Lhassa au Tibet.
Portrait d’Alexandra David Neel la célèbre exploratrice et écrivaine bouddhiste
Le parcours de la célèbre exploratrice commenté par sa secrétaire et amie, Marie Madeleine Peyronnet, sa biographe et par Priscilla Telmon qui a marché dans ses pas jusque Lhassa. Une belle évocation avec des extraits d’interviews d’Alexandra elle-même.
Ashrams (Collections Spiritualites) (French Edition): Arnaud Desjardins
France 1959, Indian spirituality was known only within restricted circles. Arnaud Desjardins, director and Christian practitioner of yoga, travels to India by car. He intends to deepen his knowledge of yoga. From ashram to ashram, he meets the greatest masters of the twentieth century: Swami Sivananda, Anandamayi Ma, Swami Ramdas and Ramana Maharshi. He returns with film and writes a book. These two works reveal to a whole generation that another world is possible.
Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia. His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French television in the 1960s and early 1970s, when such topics were largely unknown among non-specialists. His films were often accompanied by books and later radio interviews and talks.
Available from: https://www.amazon.com/Ashrams-Collections-Spiritualites-French-Desjardins/dp/222617821X
Call Off The Search ◦ Sri Harilal Poonja ♥ Papaji ◦ Full Movie (1993)
A film by Jim Lemkin and David Godman. Call off the Search captures Papaji beautifully, as he discusses the nature of enlightenment and the impediments which seem to obscure it. His message is clear that, “We already are that for which we are seeking.” This documentary film, shot and produced in Lucknow, India, includes interviews with Papaji along with rare footage of Sri Ramana Maharshi. There are also testimonials from some of the many people who have attained freedom through Papaji’s presence and grace.
Don Mario Mazzoleni: A Catholic Priest Meets Sai Baba
This interview of former Catholic Priest, Don Mario Mazzoleni (left) was recorded in 2000, just before he died. Because of Don Mario’s feelings towards Indian Holy man Sai Baba, he was excommunicated by the Vatican. Don Mario is the author of the book, The Catholic Priest and Sai Baba, must reading for those interested in spiritual growth. Don Mario’s translator for this interview is Dr Christian Moevs (right), Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Notre Dame, he is a leading world expert on Dante. His own interview can be seen here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJgIdbzY-1k
A Film about Sathya Sai Baba by James Redmond.
A group of five of Baba’s earliest Western devotees speak movingly of their experiences with Him in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
At that time, before the huge crowds that would follow, it was much easier to get close to Baba. Taking part in this story are Howard Levin (first of the five to speak), Bruce Bradbury, Wendel Field, Robert Conger, and Martin Stamp. Others of that group, like Jerry Bass and Phil Gosselin, were not present. They have some extraordinary experiences to share and they do so in the most entertaining way.
Howard Levin, the author of Good Chances, tells some unique and very funny stories, and Bruce Bradbury who wrote the bhajan “Love is my Form” describes how Baba inspired him…
This film was taped in June 1996 at the Feather Pipe Ranch in Helena, Montana, USA. (76 minutes).
From an early age, singer, composer, actor Dana Gillespie of London was destined to sing the blues. She was also destined to follow in the footsteps of Indian Holy Man, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This internationally acclaimed artist shares her amazing story with Souljourns in two parts.
Part 1, she tells how she got to claim an important singing role in the original London production of, Jesus Christ Superstar. After being initially attracted to India to be with Sai Baba, little did Dana know that it would take 12 years before the famous Holy Man would say one word to her. Video for this news interview account of Dana Gillespie comes from Souljourns, YouTube, Radio Sai Global Harmony and the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage. Welcome to Souljourns, and to the amazing story of Dana Gillespie. This interview was recorded in April, 2016 in London.
The Yogis of Tibet – a rare documentary film
For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices. This extraordinary 2002 film that salutes the spiritual disciplines and practices of Tibetan yogis who have mastered their minds and bodies as part of their devotion to the dharma.
Baba Hanuman – Krishna Das! Live With Lyrics
Krishna Das singing “Baba Hanuman” live with lyrics. This film was shot in New York City at the Church Of St. Paul & St. Andrew in October 2013 and is part of a full-length kirtan recorded that evening.
Hanuman Chalisa, Kakrighat, India September 2009 – Krishna Das
Krishna Das singing the Hanuman Chalisa (to the Heart as Wide as the World melody) at the Sombari Baba Ashram in Kakrighat, September 2009. Sombari Baba Ashram – Ashrams of India Volume 2, Chapter 21 Uttarakhand.
Rishikesh, where the Beatles learnt to meditate
The Ganges with Sue Perkins: Episode 1 – BBC One.
Interviewing an Indian Guru: Swami Brahmdev of the Aurovalley Ashram in Rishidwar
Marco Pino’s experience at the Aurovalley Ashram, a beautiful ashram near the Himalayas, and an interview he conducts with founder Swami Brahmdev.
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 21 Uttarakhand.
Tatwale Baba Himalayan Yogi – the only discourse with English subtitles
The Tat Wale Baba Ashram is located in the Swargashram area, near a public road in the Rajaji National Park, about a 20-30 minute hike up from the Ram Jhula Bridge. It is one of the few quiet places left in Rishikesh.
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 21 Uttarakhand.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Interview room
A rare video of Sathya Sai Baba in the interview room of his principal ashram Prasanthi Nilayam where he materialises vibhuti, a gold ring and wisdom to the fortunate devotees. This video is has English subtitles.
The Way To Baba, by Elda Hartley
Filmed in 1989, this video was written, directed, and produced by Elda Hartley of the Hartley Foundation. It shows life in Sai Baba’s ashram and talks about his teachings. Michael Oliver (USA), Heidi Schaefer (Germany), Irmgard (Germany), Steve Angel (USA), Christiane Ansmeier (Germany), Vernon Sylvester (USA), Howard Murphet (Australia), Iris Murphet (Australia), Ellen Young (USA), Al Drucker (USA), Art Drumfeller (USA), and Gail Ruiz (Mexico) talk about their experience with and views on Sai Baba and his teachings.
A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, with Deborah Baker
Pulitzer Prize nominee Deborah Baker takes us back to the moment when America’s edgiest writers looked to India for answers as India looked to the West. In 1961 Allen Ginsberg, ecstatic sensualist and the voice of a generation, left New York by boat for Bombay. Baker follows Ginsberg and his companions as they travel from the ashrams of the Himalayan foothills to the opium dens of Delhi and the burning pyres of Benares. They encounter an India of charlatans and saints, a country of spectacular beauty and spiritual promise and of devastating poverty and political unease. The fifteen months he spent in India had a lasting influence on Ginsberg and on American counterculture. The trip not only changed his life, it helped spawn generations of hippies, hipsters, writers, artists, rock-stars and soul-searchers. This is the story of a search for God, for love, and for peace in the shadow of the atomic bomb. It is also a story of India – its gods and its poets, its politics and its place in expanding the possibilities of the western consciousness. Deborah Baker was in conversation with Charlie Smith, Editor of The Georgia Straight.
Deborah Baker has two children and is married to writer Amitav Ghosh. They divide their time between Brooklyn and Goa. See RECOMMENDED BOOKS – A Blue Hand: The Beats in India by Deborah Baker.
Entrei no rio GANGES e dormi no ASHRAM | Minha experiência em Rishikesh
Ashrams of India: Volume 2, Chapter 21 Uttarakhand.
Lonely Planet – South India 1996
Mother Meera: ‘All Avatars are connected’
The Art of Living International Center, Bangalore (Aerial View)
Lives of Jesus – Part 1 – A Mark Tully Documentary
Four-part series following Mark Tully as he explores and reassesses the life of Jesus. Tully explores in depth the diversity of portraits of Jesus which face us at the approach of the second Christian millennium. He travels to key sites in Israel, Rome and India, amongst others, and investigates the secret of Jesus’s abiding power to provoke and lead.
Directed by Christopher Salt, fl. 1994-2002; produced by British Broadcasting Corporation, in Lives of Jesus (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 1994).
Sir William Mark Tully, KBE (born 24 October 1935) is the former Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi, a position he held for 20 years. He worked with the BBC for a total of 30 years before resigning in July 1994. The recipient of several awards, Tully has authored nine books. He is a member of the Oriental Club. Tully was born in Tollygunge in India. His father was a British businessman who was a partner in one of the leading managing agencies of the British Raj.
Out of India – Life & Teachings of Doubting Thomas – Documentary
This 2000 PBS documentary by William Dalrymple is of the life and teachings of the apostle Thomas, who spent over 30 years in India and established seven churches in Southern India (see Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chaper 11 Kerala).
Thomas the Apostle also called Didymus (“twin”) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it (as related in the Gospel of John alone); later, he confessed his faith, “My Lord and my God,” on seeing Jesus’ crucifixion wounds.
According to traditional accounts of the Saint Thomas Christians of modern-day Kerala in India, Thomas is believed to have travelled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, travelling as far as the Malabar Coast which is in modern-day State of Kerala, India. According to their tradition, Thomas reached Muziris (modern-day North Paravur and Kodungalloor in Kerala) in 52 AD. In 1258, some of his relics were brought to Ortona, in Abruzzo, Italy, where they have been held in the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle. He is often regarded as the patron saint of India, and the name Thomas remains quite popular among Saint Thomas Christians of India.
Paris Falls for Yoga (1963)
Marilyn Monroe: Yogi
The first evidence of her practice appears near the time of her first acting contract (in 1946). The pictures included in the video are from a set of promotional photos she sent to prospective employers in 1948. Orienting Monroe’s first pose pics in local yoga history, they appeared the same year Krishnamacharya‘s student, Indra Devi opened a yoga studio on LA’s Sunset Boulevard.
An Interview with Annamalai Swami by Jim Lemkin
Review by David Godman:
The interview is seventy-three minutes long, and visually it is superb. The sound is not quite so good. The translations made by Sundaram, Annamalai Swami’s interpreter, are sometimes difficult to make out, but with a little concentrated effort, they can all be deciphered. The first ten minutes or so are devoted to a summary of how Annamalai Swami (1906-1995) heard about Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and came to him in 1928. The remainder is Jim asking questions about Self-realisation and practice. Annamalai Swami replies to them in a typical eloquent and forceful way. This interview will be a great treat for anyone who has appreciated Annamalai Swami’s Guru bhakti and his simple but practical teachings.
Kurisumala Ashram – Kerala
A day with the Monks of the Kurisumala Ashram, Vagamon, Kerala. Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 11 Kerala.
A Spiritual Trip to Varanasi, a film by Marco Pino
A short film based on Marco’s trip to Varanasi beginning of 2020, before the quarantine. You’ll experience the beautiful Ganga Aarti, you’ll learn about the life of Indian yogis such as Lahiri Mahasaya, and more. The entire video was shot and edited on an iPhone 11 using LumaFusion. Shot at 4K resolution.
The video includes subtitles in English, Spanish and French. You just need to activate them on your YouTube video player by tapping/clicking on the “cc” and then you can choose your preferred language.
CONTENT 00:17 Intro 00:31 Varanasi small temple puja 01:15 Mantra recitation by the Ganges 01:44 Bathing ghats in Varanasi 02:01 Burning ghats in Varanasi 02:21 Evening Ganga Aarti in Varanasi 03:30 Swami Vishnudevananda talks about the Ganges 05:30 Stories of Indian yogis who lived in Varanasi 07:44 Lahiri Mahasaya Samadhi Mandir Temple in Varanasi 09:03 Visiting Sarnath, Buddhist pilgrimage site near Varanasi 10:11 Outro
2000 Interview with Swami Kaleshwar
Sri Kaleshwar (8 January 1973 – 15 March 2012). Ashrams of India: Volume 1, Chapter 1 Andhra Pradesh.
The Ashram (2018) | Official Trailer HD
After receiving a cryptic message from his missing girlfriend, a man travels to India to pick up her trail. Once there, he discovers a secret community in the Himalayas led by a guru with strange powers likely involved in her disappearance. Directed by Ben Rekhi and starring Sam Keeley, Melissa Leo, Hera Hilmar, Kal Penn, Radhika Apte. The movie was shot at the Kedarnath Shrine and at several locations in the Himalayas.
Justin Lowe from the Hollywood Reporter writes that Long a destination for spiritual seekers from all over the world, India presents a diversity of religions and a potentially enlightening set of ancient traditions to the uninitiated. More than a few have lost their way in this unfamiliar terrain, though, offering filmmaker Ben Rekhi a ready template for his account of Americans abroad overwhelmed by mystical experiences.
Rekhi, a former entertainment executive, scored points with genre fans with his 2005 debut, Waterborne, but markedly changes themes for The Ashram. Often dominated by a familiar form of Asian-influenced religious eclecticism, Rekhi’s feature plays out as a low-key spiritual thriller that should appeal primarily to like-minded viewers and the inevitably curious.
Not long after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, Sophie (Hera Hilmar), American tourist Jamie (Sam Keeley) arrives in India after receiving a disturbing message from her. The brief, furtive video suggests that she might be in some kind of danger at the isolated ashram where she fled after their split. However, she provides few details about her location and it takes Jamie several stressful days to put together a series of elusive, troubling clues leading him deep into the Himalayan foothills, where he discovers an idyllic mountain retreat. The spiritual center is populated by dozens of people from all over the world who have been drawn there by the teachings of a mysterious guru, including Americans Chandra (Melissa Leo) and Nitin (Kal Penn), but there’s no sign of Sophie.
Not exactly a spiritual believer and already wary of the residents’ cultish devotion to their revered teacher, Jamie conceals his search for Sophie. Instead, he tries to make sense of repeated run-ins with Chandra, the center’s controlling secular leader, who consistently challenges Jamie’s intentions at the retreat. She assigns Nitin to help Jamie get oriented, or perhaps to keep tabs on him. However, Nitin remains evasive about his reasons for joining the community and his familiarity with Sophie, leaving Jamie to wonder if the guru and his devotees could somehow be involved in her disappearance. At the same time, he begins experiencing frightening visions that might be caused by the dizzying altitude, the prescription medication he’s taking for a seizure condition or perhaps even the vaguely sinister mystical influence of the ashram’s inhabitants.
Rekhi’s script, co-written with Binky Mendez, assuredly lays down the broad strokes of the primary narrative, which then gets muddled by competing priorities. To begin with, Jamie’s search for Sophie gradually loses urgency because the details of their relationship take too long to emerge through a series of unwieldy flashbacks as Jamie attempts to ingratiate himself at the ashram. Once revealed, Jamie’s mystical connection with the retreat’s venerable guru seems too far-fetched for the scant background provided by the screenwriters, even though the specifics of their shared experience are integral to revealing Sophie’s fate.
The central conflict between Jamie and Chandra also comes off as too perfunctory, but Leo is so commanding in the role of the ashram’s chief protector that she consistently conveys a complex set of conflicting motivations. Portrayed as an outsider, Keeley frequently appears confused and unprepared for the intellectual challenges of the spiritual community, although he’s not much of sleuth either.
With some additional screen time and a more nuanced role, Penn might have had more of an impact, which seems like a missed opportunity, since he’s the only actor of Indian descent among the principal cast. However, Rekhi appears on mostly firmer ground behind the camera directing the ensemble and especially while shooting exteriors with the stunning Himalayan scenery as a backdrop.
On their tour through Mysore in 2011, Darrol Bryant’s group of travellers stop in at Anjali Ashram for a visit. They learn about the Christian Ashram Movement in India and meet Father Louis, who explains the ashram’s philosophy of integration with God, the self, one another and nature. Father Louis invites them to enjoy the grounds and spend time in meditation and personal reflection. Darrol talks about his own interest in “other” and stresses that only when we’re able to put aside our fears and anxieties, can be we open to experience “other” – other religions, other cultures or other human beings.
The Yoga of Life – Documentary
‘The Yoga Of Life’ unravels ever evolving perspectives of several yoga students on a yoga teacher training held sweetly in the vibrant soul of South India, while being guided by mentor, Shelley Tomczyk.
God lives in India
Who is Sai Baba ?
A 1990 documentary by Swiss film maker Victor J. Tognola.
Bible Tour of Israel the Holy Land, biblical sites of Israel in 4K and Drone!
The Triumph, a Medjugorje documentary – Full Movie
Follow a young man’s journey to Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary has reportedly been appearing since 1981, giving messages and prophecies about the world’s future. THE TRIUMPH is now being released online in hopes that the entire world can experience the miracles of Medjugorje firsthand. Please share, and follow the story in APPARITION HILL, the next film by director Sean Bloomfield.