The Spiritual Mentors Who Transcended Me into spirituality
I have a deep quest for spirituality since my childhood and I have come across many spiritual mentors who have transcended me into spirituality & touched my inner life and changed my mind thinking pattern from outwards to inwards.
They impart a simple, unique and effective inner knowledge without being biased.
Their profound knowledge could change your inner life dramatically in an unprecedented manner.
Prem Pal Singh Rawat , born 10 December 1957 in India, is a world renowned spiritual mentor.
Rawat’s teachings include a meditation practice he calls “Knowledge and peace education based on the discovery of personal resources such as inner strength, choice, appreciation and hope.
In 2001 he established “The Prem Rawat Foundation” to fund his work and humanitarian efforts.
Prem Rawat continues to speak for large or select audiences worldwide, and on several occasions has received significant recognition for his work and message of peace.
The core of Prem Rawat’s teaching is that the individual’s need for fulfillment can be satisfied by turning within to contact a constant source of peace and joy.
Rather than a body of dogma, he emphasizes a direct experience of transcendence that he says is accessible through the meditation techniques he teaches.
Rajneesh (born Chandra Mohan Jain, 11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990), also known as Acharya Rajneesh, Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh, and later as Osho , was an Indian godman and founder of the Rajneesh movement.
During his lifetime he was viewed as a controversial new religious movement leader and mystic.
In the 1960s he travelled throughout India as a public speaker and was a vocal critic of socialism, arguing that India was not ready for socialism and that socialism, communism, and anarchism could evolve only when capitalism had reached its maturity.
Rajneesh also criticised Mahatma Gandhi and the orthodoxy of mainstream religions.Rajneesh emphasised the importance of meditation, mindfulness, love, celebration, courage, creativity, and humour qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious tradition, and socialisation.
In advocating a more open attitude to human sexuality[ he caused controversy in India during the late 1960s and became known as “the sex guru”.
His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher, the Hindu bhakti leader Ramananda. Kabir was born in the Indian city of Varanasi but spent most of his life in the city of Faridabad near Delhi.
Kabir is known for being critical of both Hinduism and Islam, stating followers of both were misguided by the Vedas and Quran, and questioning their meaningless rites of initiation such as the sacred thread and circumcision respectively.
During his lifetime, he was threatened by both Hindus and Muslims for his views. When he died, both Hindus and Muslims he had inspired claimed him as theirs.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was born as Triloki Dash in the village of Pattamundai in Orissa, India.
Raised in a pious and spiritual atmosphere, he began searching for a spiritual mentor in early childhood. In 1980, while still a student in college, he met his Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga.
Unlike his peers, Triloki Dash spent much of his time in prayer, puja, and meditation.
He frequently retreated to the solitude of remote Himalayan caves to be in the company of sages and saints seeking ultimate Truth.
He kept up a rigorous spiritual practice under the tutelage of his beloved Gurudev while working as a professor of Economics at Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.
In 1995, Brahmachari Triloki Dash was initiated as a sannyasi, monk, by Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
Receiving the name Swami Prajnanananda Giri, he was directed by his Gurudev the next day to travel to Europe, the USA, and other countries in order to propagate Kriya Yoga through public lectures, seminars, retreats, and meditation.
Long before Triloki Dash became a monk, Paramahamsa Hariharananda predicted, “Whatever is started by me has to be completed by him.”
The Brahma Kumaris are a religious movement that originated in Hyderabad, Sindh, during the 1930s.
The Brahma Kumaris ( “Daughters of Brahma”) movement was founded by Lekhraj Kripalani.
The organisation is affiliated with the United Nations and is known for the prominent role that women play in the movement.
It teaches a form of meditation that focuses on identity as souls, as opposed to bodies.
They believe that all souls are intrinsically good and that God is the source of all goodness.
The organisation teaches to transcend labels associated with the body, such as race, nationality, religion, and gender, and it aspires to establish a global culture based on what it calls “soul-consciousness”.
The Brahma Kumaris see humans as being made up of two parts; an external or visible body (including extensions such as status and possessions) and a subtle energy of the soul whose character structure is revealed through a person’s external activity –
But always this is created by the inner soul -whether actions are done with love, peacefully, with happiness or humility is an aspect of one’s soul.
The group teaches that the soul is an infinitesimal point of spiritual light residing in the forehead of the body it occupies, and that all souls originally existed with God in a “Soul World”, a world of infinite light, peace and silence.
The Brahma Kumaris teach that souls enter bodies to take birth in order to experience life and give expression to their personality. Unlike other Eastern traditions, the Brahma Kumaris do not believe that the human soul can transmigrate into other species.
Ikeda is the founding president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world’s largest Buddhist lay organization with approximately 12 million practitioners in 192 countries and territories.
Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1928, to a family of seaweed farmers. He survived the devastation of World War II as a teenager, which he said left an indelible mark on his life and fueled his quest to solve the fundamental causes of human conflict.
At age 19, Ikeda began practicing Nichiren Buddhism and joined a youth group of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association, which led to his lifelong work developing the global peace movement of SGI and founding dozens of institutions dedicated to fostering peace, culture and education.
Ikeda’s vision for the SGI has been described as a “borderless Buddhist humanism that emphasizes free thinking and personal development based on respect for all life.
In the 1960s, Ikeda worked to reopen Japan’s national relations with China and also to establish the Soka education network of humanistic schools from kindergartens through university level.
In 1975, he established the Soka Gakkai International, and throughout the 1970s initiated a series of citizen diplomacy efforts through international educational and cultural exchanges for peace.
Since the 1980s, he has increasingly called for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it.
He stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.
Krishnamurti was born in India. In early adolescence he had a chance encounter with occultist and theosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater on the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras.
He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a ‘vehicle’ for an expected World Teacher.
As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the Order of the Star in the East, an organisation that had been established to support it.
Krishnamurti said he had no allegiance to any nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life travelling the world, speaking to large and small groups, as well as individuals.
His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at his home in Ojai, California. His supporters — working through non-profit foundations in India, Great Britain and the United States — oversee several independent schools based on his views on education.
They continue to transcribe and distribute his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and writings by use of a variety of media formats and languages.
One could call him a spiritual teacher rooted in Advait Vedanta. Or one could call him a most contemporary representative of all the spiritual traditions of the world. Equally, one could call him breathtakingly original and beyond any tradition.
But the most appropriate way to know him would be through his work.
His work is founded on compassion and expresses itself as demolition.
In classical sense he is a most orthodox spiritual teacher, in the contemporary sense he is a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom.