India is a land of spirituality, yoga and deep faith in religions. Spirituality is very vast and interesting subject and it varies from person to person what he understands of spirituality. As “Guru is a path to God” states that if anyone want to know about God that should have a guru to do so. There are many spiritual and religious gurus in India, who help the people on the path of meditation and inner peace. Below is a list of top 5 Indian Spiritual Guru who have contributed for the well-being of people and society.
List of Top 5 Most Influential Spiritual Guru in India
5. Jaggi Vasudev
Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi and mystic who founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world. He was born as Jagadish Vasudev on 3 September 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka. In his early age he had started practising yoga. He was very intelligent child with a great affection with nature and adventure. His life changed completely on the afternoon of September 23, 1982 when he had a spiritual experience that made him realize that he had to re-evaluate his life and priorities. He was sitting on a rock in “Chamundi Hill” when he had a very intense spiritual experience that lasted about four-and-a-half-hours. In 1992, he founded Isha Foundation, a non-profit, spiritual organization for offering yoga programs under the name Isha Yoga. He mainly focus on a type of Yoga, Kriya Yoga(a powerful way to talk the spiritual tath). Jaggi Vasudev commonly known as Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. He claim that he have not ever read any religious book like Geeta, Puranas, Vedas, Kurana, Bible etc. He always emphasizes the power of inner engineering. He is a great living spiritual teacher in India.
4. Osho, Acharya Rajneesh
Osho was a great spiritual speaker. He was the most famous personality as a mystic, spiritual guru or sex guru in India as well as abroad spatially in United States. Osho, also known as Archarya Rajneesh, was born as Chandra Mohan Jain on 11 December 1931. Rajneesh was the eldest of 11 children born to a cloth merchant in the house of his maternal grandparents in Kuchwada, a small Indian village in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. Osho criticized about all of the religions and interpreted them with a different meaning, because of this if there was so many follower of him then a lot were against also. In most of his speeches, there were such effective arguments that you can not contradict him even after wanting. Some followers were so influenced by them that they used to say him god Rajneesh.
3. Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda is known as one of the foremost spiritual figures of modern times. He was born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh into a well-to-do and devout family in Gorakhpur, India in 1893. It is sail that his parents were disciples of a great Indian Monk, Lahiri Baba who had foretold that Mukunda would grow up to be a very famous yogi. Yogananda was very spiritually inclined from childhood. After wandering for many years in search of the master to calm his inner spiritual curiosity, he met Swami Yukteswar Giri in 1910. A couple of years later he went to USA. He spent a major portion of his life in America to teach yoga and become the first Hindu teacher of yoga to do so. Because of this he earned the title of “Father of Yoga” in the U.S. His book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ is considered one of the “100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century”. A few days before his death, he had a premonition that he was going to leave the world and he attained mahasamadhi on March 7, 1952.
2. Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th of January in 1863 in Kolkata as Narendranath Datta to the Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and a great spiritual guru from India. He played significant role in the growing Indian nationalism of the 19th and 20th century, reinterpreting and harmonising certain aspects of Hinduism. Vivekananda was deeply influenced by his guru Ramakrishna.
Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th of January in 1863 in Kolkata as Narendranath Datta. He was an extraordinary child with spiritual thoughts from his childhood. His Chicago speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religion on 11th September, 1893 had represented India held in Chicago. He became successful in establishing Hinduism as the important world religion. He was very intelligent person with in-depth knowledge of Hindu scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Bhagawata Gita, etc). Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raj Yoga, and Jnana Yoga are some of his famous and major works. Today there are millions of thoughtful people around the world who derive inspiration from his life and teachings. India celebrate National Youth Day every year on 12th of January at his birth anniversary.
1. Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who is considered by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Shirdi Sai Baba was the most influential spiritual guru of India. Although his religion was Hindu, but He was an opponent of religious orthodoxy. He opposed all oppression based on religion or caste. According to the book “Sai Satcharita”, Sai Baba arrived in the town of Shirdi in 1855 when he was of 16 years old. Sri Sai lived around six years in Shirdi. For four to five years, Baba lived under a neem tree and often wandered for long periods in the jungle around Shirdi.
This Omnipresent and Omniscient Sri Sai Baba who left his mortal body in 1918, is the living spiritual force that is drawing people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, into his fold, today.