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Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Religion and spirituality are two things that are probably the most difficult to define in definite terms. It would be wrong to say that spirituality and religion don’t go hand in hand because they do; the only difference is that while religion is an organized system that pays homage to a god, spirituality is something that does not always need a deity to define the parameters of the person’s spiritual conduct. Throughout history there have been people who have played the roles of, both, spiritual and religious leaders for their societies. Some of them have done such exemplary work, with such dedication, that their work, and in turn they themselves, were recognized the world over for their steadfast dedication and wisdom in guiding their flock. Some examples of religious leaders would be people like the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI while a list of spiritual leaders would include people like the famous Osho Rajneesh. It is natural, at this point, to look for more information about these people and others like then so here is a list of just such people along with their biographies, timelines, trivia, life stories and interesting facts about them.
Abbe PierreAbbe Pierre
Popularly known as the founder of the Emmaus movement, Abbe Pierre, a French Catholic priest gave his life serving the poor, homeless people and ...
Adi Da Adi Da
Better known as ‘Adi Da Samraj’, Franklin Jones has brought not only a new belief system to this world but also introduced a new set of ...
Anthony De MelloAnthony De Mello
Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, is well known for his writings and spiritual conferences. Born on 4th September 1931, in ...
Archibald AlexanderArchibald Alexander
Archibald Alexander was an American Presbyterian theologian and professor, who was the founder and first principal of Princeton Theological ...
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Ayatollah Khomeini
Very few people can boast of having an influential personality that takes a nation by storm and reforms it completely to follow their line of ...
Brigham Young Brigham Young
Brigham Young was an American leader of the Latter-day Saint movement. He was popularly known as American Moses, Modern Moses and Mormon Moses, ...
Charles KingsleyCharles Kingsley
Charles Kinsley was an English priest of the Church of English who was also a university professor, novelist, historian and amateur naturalist ...
ConfuciusConfucius
Confucius is one of the few leaders who based their philosophy on the virtues that are required for the day to day living. Known as Master Kong ...
Dalai LamaDalai Lama
The longest living Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and the present Dalai Lama and holds the profile of a spiritual and political leader of ...
Dayanand SaraswatiDayanand Saraswati
Dayanand Saraswati, a prominent Hindu religious leader and a Vedic scholar was the first Indian to voice his right for freedom of India from ...
Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu is a well-known South African activist, whose efforts to solve the issue of apartheid, during 1980s, fetched him worldwide fame. ...
George FoxGeorge Fox
The 17th century was a period of tremendous social upheaval and resistance. There were two sections of society - one that supported the ...
George MullerGeorge Muller
Rising from a life of sin to become one of the world’s most revered Christian evangelists, George Muller was a true son of God. With nothing but ...
IsaiahIsaiah
A Judean Prophet, Isaiah is believed to have indulged in the act of prophesizing, for forty-four years of his life. He is one of the main ...
John BunyanJohn Bunyan
John Bunyan was a renowned English Christian preacher in the seventeenth century. He was also a famous Christian writer of that time and wrote ...
John CalvinJohn Calvin
A powerful French theologian and pastor, John Calvin is one of the well known Protestants, whose name prominently figured during the Protestant ...
John Huss John Huss
John Huss (a.k.a. Jan Hus) is regarded to be one of the earliest known religious thinkers and reformers in the world. A philosopher and a Master ...
John The Baptist John The Baptist
John the Baptist is regarded as the precursor of Jesus Christ. A very well-known preacher, he gave sermons about the proximity of God's Final ...
John Wesley John Wesley
John Wesley was the founder of Arminian Methodist movement. A brilliant organizer, he formed societies throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and ...
Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential American philosophers and theologians. He played a very ...
Louis Farrakhan MuhammadLouis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan Muhammad is one of the most famous and renowned leaders of the African-American religious movement - the Nation of Islam. Once a ...
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yog...
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a well-known spiritual leader and the founder of Transcendental Meditation technique. A disciple of Swami Brahmananda ...
Martin LutherMartin Luther
Martin Luther is most popularly known as the Father of Protestantism. A German monk, theologian, university professor, priest and church ...
Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King J...
Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American clergyman and a well-known leader in the American civil rights movement. Born as Michael Luther ...
Mary Baker Eddy Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science movement, was one of the most prominent spiritual leaders and writers of her time. She ...
Maa Amritanandamayi Mata Amritanandamayi
Revered as a saint, Mata Amritanandamayi, more popularly called Amma, Ammachi and the Mother, is one of the most widely respected and ...
Matthew HenryMatthew Henry
An English Presbyterian minister, Matthew Henry is till date well known for his work, ‘Commentary’, which provided a detailed verse by verse ...
Moses Moses
One of the most prominent Hebrew religious leaders, Moses is regarded as the most important prophet in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í ...
Mother TeresaMother Teresa
Clad in a white, blue-bordered sari, she along with her sisters of the Missionaries of Charity became a symbol of love, care and compassion for ...
Osho RajneeshOsho Rajneesh
Osho was one of the most famed as well as the most controversial spiritual leaders of his time. He came to be known as ‘Acharya Rajneesh’ in ...
Paramahansa YoganandaParamahansa Yoganand...
The great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda is regarded as one of the foremost spiritual figures of modern times. Native to India, this guru emigrated ...
Pope FrancisPope Francis
‘My people are poor and I am one of them’. The 266th and the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis is known the world over ...
Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II
Plenty have been written and said about the remarkable journey of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, popularly known as Pope John Paul II, to the most sacred ...
Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII was a very popular Pope who headed the Catholic Church from 1958 to 1963. Born as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, he was elected as ...
Rick WarrenRick Warren
One of the most recognized and influential Pastors in the world, Rick Warren is the founder of the Saddleback Church, which is the eighth ...
Rowan Douglas WilliamsRowan Douglas Willia...
Rowan Douglas Williams is an Anglican Bishop and theologian. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and was previously Bishop of Monmouth and ...
Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Ignatius of Lo...
Saint Ignatius of Loyola was of noble birth and belonged to the Noble Basque family. Early in life, he was asked to be a part of ‘court’ and ...
Sri Aurobindo Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo donned the cap of a revolutionary, poet, philosopher, writer, and spiritual master, during the course of his life. Born in ...
Sri Chinmoy Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy, born as Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, was an Indian spiritual master who advocated that inner peace and spiritual attainment can be achieved ...
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
‘My vision is a violence free, stress free world’, stated the spiritual leader and humanitarian ambassador, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has long ...
St Francis of Assisi St Francis of Assisi
Honored by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of animals and ecology, and even Italy, St. Francis was the founder of the Order of Friars ...
St Ignatius of LoyolaSt Ignatius of Loyol...
Saint Ignatius of Loyola is best known as the founder and first Superior General of the 'Society of Jesus'. Writer of the book 'Spiritual ...
St Paul St Paul
A Hellenistic Jew, St Paul is known worldwide as one of the earliest Christian missionaries, along with Saint Peter and James the Just. He was ...
St. AugustineSt. Augustine
Saint Augustine, also known as Augustine of Hippo, was a bishop of Hippo Regius in Northern Africa. He was an ancient Christian theologian who ...
Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda
He is responsible for revitalizing Hinduism and building its stature as a major world religion. He not only introduced Indian philosophies of ...
SwedenborgSwedenborg
A well-known scientist and inventor, Emanuel Swedenborg is one of the important persons in Swedish history. While his early life comprised of ...
TertullianTertullian
Tertullian, the prominent early apologist who produced the world’s first extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature was born as Quintus ...
Thomas Spencer MonsonThomas S. Monson
Thomas Spencer Monson is a famous American religious leader and author and the current president of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day ...
Zoroaster Zoroaster
Zoroaster is famous throughout the world as the principal founder of Zoroastrianism. A pious, noble and compassionate person, Zoroaster was a ...