In Hindu culture, there is no formal process to recognize a person as a saint. Saints can be any person who practices holy behavior. On the other hand, sages have the ability to comprehend things that normal people would never be able to understand. Some of them use this knowledge to help humanity, while others live normal lives amongst the people. Saints Raghavendra Swami and Krishnananda Saraswati along with sages Ramdas and Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal all used their unique knowledge to help other Hindus.
Raghavendra Swami, who was born as Venkanna Bhatta, was a Hindu saint from the 17th century who also served as a philosopher. He is also regarded as one of the most famous Hindu miracle workers. Some of these miracles include: bringing rain to the Tanjore district after it had been suffering through a 12-year drought after he performed an offering ritual, allowing the blind to see and allowing those who were deaf to hear. In order to share his knowledge with the people, Swami produced literature on Dvaita philosophy, which asserts that human souls depend on God for survival even though they are not created by Him.
Krishnananda Saraswati was a modern-day Hindu saint who lived from 1922-2001. During his lifetime, he produced over 200 works of literature on yoga, metaphysics and religion while also giving lectures on these topics. He is regarded as a genius in the field of yoga due to the fact that the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy of the Society has predominately used his work to teach. Sawaswati was also the president of the Sivananda Literature Research Institute and the Sivananda Literature Dissemination Committee and served as the editor of “The Divine Life” for 20 years.
Ramdas is considered to be one of the most influential sages in Hindu culture. He is also a highly regarded poet. Ramdas did not appear to be the average saint as he could be seen walking around carrying a small bow by his side along with a large quantity of stones that he would throw at any object. However, Ramdas managed to gain 1100 disciples and educated these disciples on his beliefs about Hinduism. Ramdas then sent them on journeys throughout India to spread these beliefs. He also produced several important works including one on meditation and how to love God along with one another on spiritual and everyday life topics.
Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, also known as the Sage of Kanchi, was popular among all types of people including the rich and the poor. Although he was not interested in politics, he followed Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings during the freedom movement in India. Saraswati became the first leader of the mutt, a religious institution in India, to forgo wearing foreign-made silk. He instead elected to wear clothes that were made in India. He held several conferences on arts and culture, which led to a revival in the interest of the Sanskrit language. Saraswati also produced many works that explained his belief that everyone must remain spiritual throughout their lives while allowing a guru to influence one’s spirituality.