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15 Most Acclaimed Spiritual People of Our Times

BY Spiritual Initiative

Listed below are top 15 spiritual leaders based on their influence and contribution in spiritually which shaped the world of 2013.

  1. Eckhart Tolle- Author of the best sellers “ The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”, Tolle has vastly contributed to spirituality with his simple principles, which emphasize on transformation of consciousness. He does not advocate any religion, but relies on spirituality as a next step in human evolution.

  2. Dalai Lama: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is believed to be a reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thunten Gyatso. He is a vocal activist of Tibetan Independence and has widely contributed to spirituality, globally.

  3. Dr Wayne W. Dyer: Referred to as the preacher of ‘self reliance’, Dr Wayne inspires people to focus on one's inner potentials and actualize them. He is currently focussing on the teachings of a Chinese philosopher,  Lao Tze, the founder of Taoism.

  4. Thich Nhat Hanh:  Author of 'Happiness and Being Peace', Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a teacher,  and a well acclaimed social peace activist.

  5. Deepak Chopra:  Founder of the Chopra Centre of Wellbeing,  Deepak Chopra has more than 70  books written extensively on mind-body medicine Ayurveda and the art of spirituality.  His most acclaimed books  include Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and Seven Spiritual Laws of success. His cultural influence spans from traditional MBS to children's books and comics.

  6. Dada J.P. Vaswani: A spiritual head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Dada J.P. Vaswani as a philosopher, humanitarian, powerful orater and a messiah of ahimsa, is an inspiring force in todays world. An avid propagator of vegetarianism,  he has authored many books on secrets of happiness and non-violent living and accentuated the essence of reverence towards fellow-beings for peaceful coexistence.

  7. Mata Amritanandamayi:  Popularly known as Amma (Mother), is a Hindu spiritual leader who she has dedicated her life to spiritually enlighten and uplift the lives of people, both emotionally and physically. Often referred to as the ‘Hugging Saint’, she considers “Love” as her religion and inspires people with her spiritual wisdom and her warm embrace, with thousands of people waiting in queues to hug her. When asked why she does it, she replied “ It’s like asking a river why it flows!”

  8. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Sri Sri is an ambassador of peace, a humanitarian and a spiritual leader. His approach towards a stress-free and violent-free life has attracted millions of people from across the globe and united them through his course of The Art of Living.

  9. Sogyal Rinpoche: Born in Eastern Tibet, Rinpoche is recognized as the reincarnation of Lerab Lingpa Terton Sogyal, teacher of the the 13th Dalai Lama. He is one of the most outstanding spiritual leader who through his spiritual classic and international bestseller, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, has transgressed ethnic diversities to teach spiritualism in this modern world.

  10. Jaggi Vasudeva: Jaggi Vasudeva is also known as Sadhguru. He is a yogi, a mystic who has founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers yoga programs globally. He is a humanitarian and spiritual master who encourages people to engineer their inner energies to bring about an equilibrium into their lives.

  11. Mantek Chia: Mantek Chia is Taoist master, a teacher and a spiritual healer. He has run several workshops and emphasized the cultivation of Qi (Life Energy) amongst his students to empower themselves.

  12. Krishna Das: Known to friends, family and fans as KD, and described as the “chant master of American Yoga”, Krishna Das provides spiritual insights, teachings through his call-and-response chanting in Yoga Centres and concert halls. He is considered yoga’s “rock star”. His kirtans reflect his study of Indian Spiritualism, apparent in his book and CD ‘Chants of a Lifetime’.

  13. Satya Narayna Goenka: Satya Narayna Goenka is an internationally acclaimed spiritual master, and a leading teacher of Vipassana meditation. Every year, he has more than 100,0000 people attend his Vipassana courses. He has echoed Buddha’s eternal and non-sectarian teachings to people from all walks of life providing them with real answers to the struggles faced, has earned him the title of Vishwa Vipassana Acharya, the world Vipassana teacher.

  14. Ramkrishna Yadav: Popularly known as Swami Baba Ramdev, he is a globally reckoned spiritual leader, with his contribution to yoga, ayurveda, politics as well as agriculture. His mass yoga camps and T.V shows continue to inspire millions of health conscious people.

  15. Paramahamsa Nityananda: Swami Nityananda is a spiritual mystic, and a founder of ‘Nityananada Dhyanapeetum’, a worldwide movement  for meditation headquartered in Bengaluru, India. His is known for his healing powers, discourses and meditation programs. He has been named by Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit as one amongst the most spiritually influential people.

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Published November 18, 2013

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