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Madhukar Thompson

A native of Germany, Berthold Madhukar Thompson left the West in 1980 after achieving success as a businessman, becoming a fervent disciple of Osho. After his master died in January 1990, Thompson became a student of Sri H.W.L Poonja, and served as his personal assistant. On several occasions, Poonjaji publicly declared that Thompson had attained enlightenment, but he eventually left his teacher, believing him to be mistaken. The author has since 1993 pursued an ever-deepening dialogue with enlightened adepts throughout India and in the U.S. In the meantime, Thompson wrote seven books and eight cartoon books. He passed away on May 23, 2011 after a vehicle collided with his scooter a few kilometers from Swami Dayanand's ashram near Coimbatore, India.

Books from this author - The Odyssey Of Enlightenment, Enlightenment: Who Cares?, Enlightenment: May Or May Not Happen, Gentle Hammer, Friendly Sword, Silent Arrow

Mahesh Hangal

Mahesh Hangal, ever since he can remember, considers himself a professional spiritual seeker. His search for lasting peace and enlightenment took him to Osho, UG Krishnamurti&many many others. He is extremely well read. He is more than conversant with Zen, Tao, Advaita and other spiritual stuff. He has dabbled in reiki, trancedental meditation, E.F.T & other self-help techniques/ therapies/meditations. His seeking finally ended when he met the advaitic sage Shri Ramesh Balsekar. Reading Wayne Liquorman further grounded him in the ‘Understanding’. At one time he had written a few Urdu/ Hindi ghazals which had been published. He runs a library and is also a mutual fund advisor. He is an event organizer as well, specializing in Indian Classical Music. He is a bachelor and resides in Hubli, Karnataka, India. When asked to tell us something about himself he flippantly quoted one of his scribblings: ‘Apart from the story of the world, I have no story of my own.’

Books from this author - Scribblings on Life, Spirituality, Zen, Non-Duality

Major A W Chadwick

Sadhu Arunachala was the adopted name of Major A. W. Chadwick, one of Bhagavan Ramana Maharashi's most ardent disciples. He has written several books considered to be classics, recording his impressions of Bhagavan's life, his teachings, life at Sri Ramanasramam and Bhagavn-inspired take on important Hindu scriptures.

Mandakini Trivedi

MandakiniTrivedi is the lineage bearer of Swami Shri Harish Madhukar’ssampradaya. Swamiji initiated her into many spiritual practices of the Sri Vidya path, as she lived and learnt from him. But it was his philosophy of Ananda Yoga or Integrated Happiness, which merged spirituality seamlessly with life - that had the greatest influence on her life and art.

The teaching method of Swamiji, or Babaji as he was lovingly known, could neither be called a ‘method’, nor could it be called ‘teaching’. He lived the teaching and the disciple learnt through direct experience & perception. Mandakini had the good fortune of spending a lot of time with The Master - travelling with him, reading with him, spending time at the ashram with him, watching his interactions with ordinary people, observing him go about routine chores in the most extraordinary ways, both cheerfully & mindfully. Each of these was a powerful learning experience that groomed her.

A dancer by profession, Mandakini found her true understanding of classical Indian Dance only after meeting Babaji. He seemed to embody all that was described in texts on Indian aesthetics, as the essence & purpose of the arts - JOY!

Spirituality & Art have come a full circle, becoming one with her persona. It is only due to the grace of Babaji, that Mandakini has been able to do pioneering work in the field of The Yoga of Indian Dance. She passes on this understanding to the next generation at the Nateshvari Dance Gurukul.

She has also authored ‘The Yoga Of Indian Dance’ & ‘Sutras On Dance’ to express her insights on the element of sadhana, in classical Indian Dance. In 2016, she was awarded the SangeetNatakAkademi Award for her work in MohiniAttam.

Before Babahi shed his mortal form, he founded the ShaktiygashramaGurukul, appointing Mandakini as its chairperson. Under Mandakini’s guidance, the ashram conducts residential programmes that integrate Spirituality, Ecology, Art, Wellness& Holistic Lifestyles to express the common thread of Yoga that runs through them. The ashram is also involved in rural, educational programmes.

Mandakini’s life is devoted to fulfilling her gurus work & vision in the field of spirituality, art and education.

Books from this author - Ananda Yoga: Conversations on Happiness with Swami Shri Harish Madhukar

Mandakranta Bose

Prof. Mandakranta Bose, the director of the Intercultural Studies in Asia program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, has edited a volume of essays by scholars in Asian literature at UBC who explore the ways in which women's responses to the world are shared between generations.

The scholars also found that women in India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia often have similar reactions and ways of communicating in dealing with life's events.

Bose considers the collection an exciting step towards bringing these diverse women's cultures within a common, broad perspective.

"There is a sense of stability among these women which has enriched their minds. It broadens my own perspective," Bose says.

Books from this author - Movement And Mimesis The Idea Of Dance In The Sans, Speaking Of Dance The Indian Critique

Manish Chopra, PhD

Manish Chopra is a senior partner at the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where he counsels CEOs and advises boards on their most strategic issues. His scope of responsibility includes serving prominent healthcare institutions and leading the firm's pricing practice. He has spent time professionally in North America, Asia, and Europe and was the managing partner for McKinsey's Singapore office from 2010 to 2012.

It was during his time in Asia that Manish experienced a personal transformation through learning Vipassana meditation that led to the original publication of The Equanimous Mind in 2011. With a continued volition to share the personal and professional benefits that he has received from the practice of this age-old and powerful technique, this tenth anniversary edition is enriched with updates from his ongoing journey of sustaining impactful changes and hopes will serve to inspire others.

Manish grew up in India and attended college at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi before completing his masters and PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A keen squash and bridge player, he currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

Aside from his role as a professional and a family man, he devotes a meaningful amount of time in championing the message of inner personal development and cultivating one's well-being within his firm and through public speaking at business, government, and academic institutions. He also continues to extensively serve the organization responsible for enabling new and preexisting Vipassana meditators to learn and build upon their practice of meditation.

Out of gratitude for the benefits the author has received from the practice of Vipassana meditation, he will be donating the proceeds from this book to spreading awareness about the technique, so that others can draw value from it as well.

Mantak Chia

Mantak Chia

Manzoor Ahmad Bhat

Manzoor Ahmad Bhat is B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. and has qualified N.E.T. (conducted by U.G.C., India), and is working as senior Assistant Professor in S.H. Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir. His fields of specialization are Tasawwuf (sufism), Ethics, Islamic Da'wah and History of Kashmir (medieval period). In addition to a number of research articles published in well-reputed academic and research journals, the author has two more books to his credit; The Pious Caliphate: A Study of Hadrat 'Ali (Rad.'A) and Teaching of English in Schools. The author is also associate editor of Insight Islamicus, an academic and research journal of international repute. He has actively participated in a number of national and international seminars, has attended various orientation and refresher courses and is a member of various academic and research committees and boards.

Books from this author - Sufi Thought Of Sheikh ‘Abdu’l Qadir Jilani And Its Impact On The Indian SubContinent

Mariam Ahlawat

"Mariam Karim-Ahlawat received her education at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and at the Sorbonne in Paris. She writes fiction for children and adults. Her novels and plays have been nominated for various Indian as well as international awards. Her children’s books are available in English and several Indian languages. "

Books from this author - The House of a Hundred Stories : A Children's Fable

Marie de Hennezel

Marie de Hennezel

Mark West

Mark West

Marta Vannucci

Marta Vannucci

Martial Vout

"Martial Vout is a Swiss security advisor and self-defence instructor living between Mumbai and Lausanne. His experience includes the protection of various CEOs, Middle-Eastern VIPs and actors in Switzerland and other European countries. Besides these different assignments, as well as training in full-contact and combat shooting, he developed his own self-defence method – Andar kriechtier – after observing the instinctive and defensive reactions of human beings, other mammals and reptiles.

He published his first self-defence book in 2002 in France with the participation of the feminist writer Isabelle Alonso and actress Isabelle Mergault. He trains mainly women and children but also sometimes men in ‘restoring the bridge’ leading to our tremendous instinctive fighting reactions. In India, in association with NGOs like Navjyoti (Delhi), Reality Gives and USDF (Mumbai), he holds classes and workshops for the underprivileged. He also trains in colleges and corporates.

Martial’s method is no combat sport, it is about using your natural instinct to save your life when in danger, when running away and verbal dissuasion are impossible. Mother Nature gave women tremendous power through their natural fighting instinct to protect themselves. Nevertheless, verbal threats, psychological violence, beatings, rape, assassinations, and gender-based violence continue to target women. He teaches in his classes, workshops and books that women are strong and capable of defending themselves."

Books from this author - I can Defend Myself

Mary Ciofalo

Mary Ciofalo is the author of two books, and a watercolor painter and mosaic artist. She has run a successful psychotherapy office for almost thirty years, working with couples and individuals. One of her interests is how people make the most necessary and difficult changes to improve or save their lives - hence Redemption Stories: Unwasted Pain
Books from this author - Redemption Stories

Master Charles

Master Charles Cannon is known worldwide as a Master of Meditation, Contemporary Spiritual Visionary and Holistic Educator. He is the originator of the Synchronicity Experience and author of the spiritual autobiography The Bliss of Freedom. His mystical awakening began to unfold in his childhood and has continued throughout his life. In 1970, while still in his early twenties, he travelled to India where he became one of the closest Western disciples of Paramahansa Muktananda. Master Charles was extensively trained in orthodox Vedic/Tantric philosophical contexts and was ordained a monk of the Vedic Order of Sannyasins, the oldest existing monastic, contemplative order in the world today. In 1983, Master Charles returned to the United States and founded the Synchronicity® Foundation for Modern Spirituality, dedicated to the contemporized, technological approach to the art and science of meditation and holistic lifestyle. Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation® soundtracks are used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Master Charles has presented programs at the World Health Organization; the National Institutes of Health; Columbia, Oxford, Tel Aviv and Bombay Universities; Westminster Abbey; the United Nations and the Vatican.

Michael Hinz

Michael Hinz

Michel Danino

Michel Danino was born in France in 1956. At the age of 21, after four years of higher scientific studies, he decided to live in India, where he first took part in the English translation, editing and publication of books related to Sri Aurobindo and Mother.

A student of Indian civilization, culture and history, he has lectured widely and published research papers in journals of archaeology and Indology. In 1996, he wrote a brief study of the Aryan problem in the Indian context, The Invasion That Never Was (2nd edition 2000), further enlarged a decade later in a French book (English version forthcoming). In 2010, he authored a comprehensive study of the Sarasvati River, The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (Penguin India).

Michel Danino's work for the protection of a Shola forest in the Nilgiris in the 1980s and 1990s led to the creation of Tamil Nadu's first joint forest management group involving local citizens. His other interests include nature photography and a multimedia project for the creation of quality educational material on India's heritage. He currently lives near Coimbatore in south India.

Books from this author - Indian Culture And India's Future

Minakshi Padhi

Minakshi Padhi teaches philosophy at SCS College. Her interests include philosophy of religion and contemporary Indian philosophers.

Mira Sai

Just out of college, on a holiday from India to America, at the young age of 23, Mira Sai entered into the Business world in New York City, becoming the CEO/President of her own Import wholesale Clothing Corporation, doing business with stores like Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales, Macys and the like.

Born and raised in India, educated in the very best Catholic Convent schools run by British nuns, a Philosophy major, having studied World Religion and attended Stanford University, she went on to become a household name with the Indian community in the Bay area, California, as a very trusted and successful Financial Advisor. Enjoying a high-end, extravagant lifestyle; in 1994, while driving her 560SL Benz convertible, she was suddenly catapulted into a Near-Death experience in a fatal accident, taking her to the ‘Other Side’ and bringing her back; which completely changed her and her life!

Upon her return, fully immersed in the infinite wisdom of the Cosmic Light; it seemed inevitable for her to leave everything and walk away from the impermanence of her wealthy, luxurious, materialistic life, to the only abode of Peace she knew; the ashram of Bhagawan Sri SathyaSai Baba in Puttaparthi, India, where she stayed for five years, delving deep within her bliss filled Self.

Returning to California in 2001, she founded and ran a multi-faith temple Sanctuary for five years.

A mystic, living in meditative Divine consciousness, Mira Sai ma, having been on numerous pilgrimages at highly sacred places in the Himalayas at 19,500 ft. twice to KailashManasarovar and 15,000 ft. to MuktiNath, and many others.

She has had many rare spiritual experiences while meditating in a cave in Thailand next to the mummyfied body of a 1000 year old monk and in many sacred Himalayan caves like VedVyasagufa and more, and was blessed to bathe in fourteen mountainous, freezing cold Himalayan waters such as Lake Manasarovar and also the 1999 MahaKumbh which comes every 144 years.

At present, she spends time between the Puttaparthi ashram, Energy centers in America like Mt. Shasta and Tassajara and ancient caves in the Himalayas, in the company of her Higher Self.

Mohan Gaitonde

Mohan Gaitonde, a Science graduate from Mumbai University, was an atheist until December 23, 1958, the day his father passed away. That was the day when he first became aware of his ignorance.

His intense introspection brought up two profound questions and one determination:

a) Why am I here?
b) What is the purpose of this existence? Is it real?
c) I must know everything that is worth knowing.

The search for a Guru began and a dozen of them were seen. Most of them were themselves in darkness but were kind enough to show light to others. The search continued until March 1976, when his eldest sister took him to meet Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj. She was not a resident of Mumbai and lived 600 km away in the south. She had read about Maharaj in a Marathi magazine which was published as a special issue on Maharaj’s 75th birthday.

With that visit, Mohan’s outward search ended but not the inward. Maharaj freely offered all His knowledge in very simple words, without any reservation. “He was more interested in seeing us free than in our interest in total freedom.”

Mohan was one of the disciples during the first two years and became an evening translator from 1978 to 1981. Maharaj's disciple Dr. N. Vanaja had kindly arranged for a tape-recorder, but many a times there would be no blank tapes to record talks on.Hence, Mohan started carrying tapes in his pocket for recording every word of the Great Master. Those rare recordings were finally to lead to the publication of Nothing is Everything.

Books from this author - Nothing Is Everything: The Quintessential Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Nisargadatta Maharaj: The Earliest Discourses, Self-Love, The Original Dream: Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Direct Pointers To Reality


Anthony Paul Moo-Young, known as Mooji, was born on January 29, 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and presently resides in Brixton, London. He worked in London`s `West end` as a street portrait artist for many years, then as a painter and a stained glass artist, and later as a teacher at Brixton College. For a long time, he was well-known as Tony Moo, but is now affectionately known as Mooji by the many seekers and friends who visit him.

Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja (or Papaji as he is lovingly called by his followers), the renowned Aadvaita master. Since 1999, Mooji has been sharing satsang in the form of spontaneous encounters, retreats, satsang intensives and one-to-one meetings with seekers who visit him, from all parts of the world, in search of the direct experience of truth. Few amongst the modern teachers of the Advaita tradition expound the `knowledge of Self`, and the method of self-enquiry, with such dazzling clarity, love and authority. He also travels regularly to Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brasil, North America and India where he is ever open to meeting sincere seekers of truth, whatever their background. He is also the author of Before I Am.

Mr. Yogesh Sharma

Yogesh Sharma

Books from this author - How I Met Ramesh : The way Existence mysteriously led spiritual seekers to Ramesh Balsekar

Muktha Manu

Mrs Muktha Manu is a devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana and resides in Bangalore. She came into the fold of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi when she got married in 1965 through the family of her husband, Sri. R. Manu. She was hardly aware when she was young that she could write books. She was inspired and blessed by Bhagavan to write books on Lord Arunachala and Sri Bhagavan Ramana at the age of 64. She has written books both in English and in her mother tongue Kannada. She has written two books in Kannada, ‘Prani Mitra Bhagavan Ramana’ and ‘Arunachala Mahatme’ and two in English ‘A Guide to Giripradakshina’ with Sri. Richard Clark and Sri. Peter Berking and ‘Bhagavan Ramana, A Friend of All’, which are published by Sri Ramanasramam, Thiruvannamalai, and all of them have been reprinted.

Books from this author - Worshipping The Divine Oneness Of Arunachala-Ramana, The Glory Of Giripradakshina Of The Holy Hill Of Arunachala


Muruganar is widely regarded as being one of the foremost devotees of Bhagavan. He was born as C.K. Subramania Iyer although his parents called him Sambamurthi. Before coming to Bhagavan he was a well-respected Tamil scholar who served on a prestigious committee that was compiling the definitive Tamil dictionary. He also worked as a schoolteacher and private tutor. It was a visit by Danadapani Swami, his father-in-law, that prompted him to go to Tiruvannamalai in September 1923. When Danaapani Swami showed him Aksharamanamalai, Bhagavan's 108 verses in praise of Arunachala, Murugunar immediately recognised that Ramana Maharshi was the Guru he had been actively seeking.

Muruganar was instrumental in getting Bhagavan to compose the verses that comprise Ulladu Narpadu and Upadesa Undiyar, two of Bhagavan's major philosophical poems, and he composed thousands of poems of his own that either praised Bhagavan, recorded his teachings or expressed his gratitude to Bhagavan for having established him in the Self.

Books from this author - Raman Puranam

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