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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.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami...
(Indian)

Srila Prabhupada was an Indian spiritual teacher ...

Abbe Pierre Abbe Pierre
(French)

Popularly known as the founder of the Emmaus ...

Adi Da Adi Da
(American)

Better known as ‘Adi Da Samraj’, Franklin ...

Adi Shankara Adi Shankara
(Indian)

Adi Shankara was an 8th century Indian Hindu ...

Aga Khan IV Aga Khan IV
(British)

Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) is a ...

Akong Rinpoche Akong Rinpoche

Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was tulku of the ...

Ali Khamenei Ali Khamenei
(Iranian)

Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of ...

Anthony De Mello Anthony De Mello
(Indian)

Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest and ...

Archibald Alexander Archibald Alexander
(American)

Archibald Alexander was an American Presbyterian ...

Ayatollah Khomeini Ayatollah Khomeini
(Iranian)

Very few people can boast of having an ...

Bede Bede
(British)

Saint Bede, or Venerable Bede as he was known as, ...

Bernadette Soubirous Bernadette Soubirous
(French)

Saint Bernadette, also known as Bernadette ...

Brigham Young Brigham Young
(American)

Brigham Young was an American religious leader ...

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
(Indian)

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a Bengali spiritual ...

Charles I, Duke of Brittany Charles I, Duke of Britta...
(French)

Charles I, also known as Charles of Blois ...

Charles Kingsley Charles Kingsley
(British)

Charles Kinsley was an English priest of the ...

Dalai Lama Dalai Lama
(Tibetan)

The longest living Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is ...

Dayanand Saraswati Dayanand Saraswati
(Indian)

Dayanand Saraswati, a prominent Hindu religious ...

Desiderius Erasmus Desiderius Erasmus
(Dutch)

Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch Renaissance ...

Enoch Adeboye Enoch Adeboye
(Nigerian)

Enoch Adeboye is a famous Nigerian pastor who ...

Francis Xavier Francis Xavier
(Spanish)

Francis Xavier was a Basque Roman Catholic ...

Gautama Buddha Gautama Buddha
(Nepalese)

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual leader on whose ...

George Fox George Fox
(British)

The 17th century was a period of tremendous ...

george gurdjieff George Gurdjieff
(Armenian)

G.I. Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual ...

George Muller George Muller
(Prussian)

Rising from a life of sin to become one of the ...

Gordon B. Hinckley Gordon B. Hinckley
(American)

Gordon Bitner Hinckley was a religious leader who ...

Guru Amar Das Guru Amar Das

Guru Amar Das was the third of the ten Gurus of ...

Guru Angad Guru Angad

Guru Angad Dev was the second of the ten Sikh ...

Guru Arjan Guru Arjan
(Indian)

Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth of the ten Sikh ...

Guru Gobind Singh Guru Gobind Singh
(Indian)

Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the ten Sikh ...

Guru Har Krishan Guru Har Krishan

Guru Har Krishan was the eighth of the ten Sikh ...

Guru Har Rai Guru Har Rai

Guru Har Rai was the seventh of the ten Sikh ...

Guru Hargobind Guru Hargobind
(Indian)

Guru Hargobind was the sixth of the Sikh gurus ...

Guru Nanak Guru Nanak
(Indian)

Guru Nanak was an Indian saint who founded ...

Guru Ram Das Guru Ram Das
(Indian)

Guru Ram Das was the fourth of the ten Gurus of ...

Guru Tegh Bahadur Guru Tegh Bahadur
(Indian)

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of the ten Gurus ...

Ian Paisley Ian Paisley
(Irish)

Born to deeply religious parents, Ian Paisley ...

Isaiah Isaiah
(Greek,Israeli)

A Judean Prophet, Isaiah is believed to have ...

Jaggi Vasudev Jaggi Vasudev
(Indian)

Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi and mystic who ...

Jesus Christ Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, also referred to as Jesus of ...

Jiddu Krishnamurti Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Indian)

Jiddu Krishnamurti was one of the paramount ...

John Bunyan John Bunyan
(British)

John Bunyan was a renowned English Christian ...

John Calvin John Calvin
(French)

A powerful French theologian and pastor, John ...

John Huss John Huss
(Czech,British)

John Huss (a.k.a. Jan Hus) is regarded to be one ...

John of the Cross John of the Cross
(Spanish)

St. John of the Cross, born as Juan de Yepes y ...

John The Baptist John The Baptist
(Israeli)

John the Baptist is regarded as the precursor of ...

John Wesley John Wesley
(British)

John Wesley was the founder of Arminian Methodist ...

Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards
(American)

Jonathan Edwards is considered to be one of the ...

Joseph B. Soloveitchik Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph B. Soloveitchik was a major American ...

Kabir Kabir
(Indian)

Kabir was a much revered 15th-century Indian ...

Louis Farrakhan Louis Farrakhan
(American)

Louis Farrakhan Muhammad is one of the most ...

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(Indian)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a well-known spiritual ...

Mahavira Mahavira
(Indian)

Mahavira was the 24th and last Tirthankara of ...

Martin Luther Martin Luther
(German)

Martin Luther was a German priest who was a major ...

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr
(American)

Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American ...

Mary Baker Eddy Mary Baker Eddy
(American)

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science ...

Mary MacKillop Mary MacKillop
(Australian)

Mary Helen MacKillop, better known as Sister Mary ...

Maa Amritanandamayi Mata Amritanandamayi
(Indian)

Revered as a saint, Mata Amritanandamayi, more ...

Matthew Henry Matthew Henry
(British)

An English Presbyterian minister, Matthew Henry ...

Moses Moses
(Egyptian)

One of the most prominent Hebrew religious ...

Mother Teresa Mother Teresa
(Indian)

Clad in a white, blue-bordered sari, she along ...

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad
(Sudanese)

Muhammad Ahmad, the son of a boat builder, showed ...

Munib Younan Munib Younan
(Heard And Mcdonald Islands)

Munib Younan is the Bishop of the Evangelical ...

Nizamuddin Auliya Nizamuddin Auliya
(Indian)

Nizamuddin Auliya was the fourth Spiritual ...

Osho Rajneesh Osho Rajneesh
(Indian)

Osho Rajneesh was an Indian mystic, guru and ...

Paramahansa Yogananda Paramahansa Yogananda
(Indian)

The great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda is regarded ...

Peter Turkson Peter Turkson
(Ghanaian)

Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is a senior ...

Pope Benedict XIII Pope Benedict XIII
(Italian)

Pope Benedict XIII was the pope from 29 May 1724 ...

Pope Francis Pope Francis
(Argentine)

‘My people are poor and I am one of them’. ...

Pope Gregory VII Pope Gregory VII
(Italian)

Pope Gregory VII was the pope from 1073 to 1085. ...

Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II
(Polish)

Plenty have been written and said about the ...

Pope John XXIII Pope John XXIII
(Italian)

Pope John XXIII was a very popular Pope who ...

Ramakrishna Paramhamsa Ramakrishna Paramhamsa
(Indian)

‘If you must be mad, be it not for the things ...

Ramdev Ramdev
(Indian)

Baba Ramdev is an Indian spiritual leader and a ...

Raphael Kalinowski Raphael Kalinowski
(Polish)

Father Raphael of Saint Joseph Kalinowski served ...

Rick Warren Rick Warren
(American)

One of the most recognized and influential ...

Rowan Douglas Williams Rowan Douglas Williams
(British)

Rowan Douglas Williams is an Anglican Bishop and ...

Sai Baba of Shirdi Sai Baba of Shirdi
(Indian)

Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master ...

Saint David Saint David

St. David was a 6th century Welsh bishop ...

Saint George Saint George

Saint George was a soldier in the Roman army who ...

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(Spanish)

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was of noble birth and ...

Saint Patrick Saint Patrick

Amongst the various religious figures widely ...

Saint Teresa of Avila Saint Teresa of Avila
(Spanish)

St. Teresa of Avila, also called Saint Teresa of ...

Sathya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Baba
(Indian)

Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru who claimed to ...

Sri Aurobindo Sri Aurobindo
(Indian)

Aurobindo Ghose, better known as Sri Aurobindo is ...

Sri Chinmoy Sri Chinmoy
(Indian)

Sri Chinmoy, born as Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, was an ...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
(Indian)

‘My vision is a violence free, stress free ...

St Francis of Assisi St Francis of Assisi
(Italian)

Honored by the Catholic Church as the Patron ...

St Ignatius of Loyola St Ignatius of Loyola
(Spanish)

Saint Ignatius of Loyola is best known as the ...

St Paul St Paul
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)

A Hellenistic Jew, St Paul is known worldwide as ...

St. Augustine St. Augustine
(Ancient Roman)

Saint Augustine, also known as Augustine of ...

Sun Myung Moon Sun Myung Moon
(South Korean)

Sun Myung Moon was a Korean religious leader, a ...

Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda
(Indian)

He is responsible for revitalizing Hinduism and ...

Swedenborg Swedenborg
(Swedish)

A well-known scientist and inventor, Emanuel ...

T. B. Joshua T. B. Joshua
(Nigerian)

Temitope Balogun Joshua is a Nigerian ...

Tertullian Tertullian
(Tunisian)

Tertullian, the prominent early apologist who ...

Theodore Hesburgh Theodore Hesburgh
(American)

The Reverend Theodore Hesburgh is one of the ...

Thomas Becket Thomas Becket
(British)

Thomas Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury ...

Thomas Cranmer Thomas Cranmer
(British)

Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant ...

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