Jakob Böhme

Jakob BöhmeJakob Böhme was a German philosopher, Christian mystic, and Lutheran Protestant theologian. He was considered an original thinker by many of his contemporaries within the Lutheran tradition, and his first book, commonly known as Aurora, caused a great scandal. After exile from his home, he met with nobility and commenced writing again, and had further mystical experiences.

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Daniel Andreev – Rose of the World

Daniel AndreevDaniel Andreev was a Russian poet and religious thinker of the middle of the 20th century. His best known book “Roza Mira” (“The Rose of the World”) which was written mostly in prison during Stalin’s time, is about religion in the modern world. Along with world religions such as Christianity, he also considers mythical revelations of different cultures which together compose the “religion of total”, the Rose of the World. For Daniel Andreev, the Rose of the World is a spiritual flower whose roots are in heaven: each petal is an unique image of the great world religions and cultures, and the whole flower is their joint co-creation with God.

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Chandra Khonnokyoong

Chandra KhonnokyoongChandra Khonnokyoong was a Thai Maechi (nun) who founded Wat Phra Dhammakaya (BNuddhist monastery). Her own students call her Khun Yay Achan Mahā-ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong (Khun Yay Achan, for short), an honorific name meaning “grandmother-master-great-gem devotee”. Although illiterate, she was widely respected for her experience in meditation, which is rare for a maechi. She managed to attract many well-educated students, despite her rural background and illiteracy.

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Al-Hallaj

Al-HallajAl-Hallaj was a Persian mystic, poet and teacher of Sufism. He is best known for his saying: “I am the Truth” (Ana’l-Ḥaqq), which many saw as a claim to divinity, while others interpreted it as an instance of annihilation of the ego, allowing God to speak through him. Al-Hallaj gained a wide following as a preacher before he became implicated in power struggles of the Abbasid court and was executed after a long period of confinement on religious and political charges. Although most of his Sufi contemporaries disapproved of his actions, Hallaj later became a major figure in the Sufi tradition.

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Srimanta Sankardev of Assam

Srimanta Sankardev of AssamSrimanta Sankardev was a 15th–16th century Assamese polymath: a saint-scholar, poet, playwright, dancer, actor, musician, artist social-religious reformer and a figure of importance in the cultural and religious history of Assam, India. This year, the birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankardev is October 15, 2021.

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Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava

PadmasambhavaDivine Incarnations (in any religion) may take further incarnations or manifestations. Padmasambhava – who incarnated as a fully enlightened being – was foretold by Buddha Shakyamuni. Padmasambhava is considered the Second Buddha by the Nyingma school, the oldest Buddhist school in Tibet known as “the ancient ones”. Padmasambhava also established the Nyingma School in Bhutan. The purpose of multiple incarnations of a deity is divine revelation: the devotee must be exposed to different dimensions of the divine diamond.

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Khwaja Muhammad Baba as-Samasi

Khwaja Muhammad Baba as-SamasiMuhammad Baba as-Samasi of Uzbekistan was born in 1197, and was a Sufi mystic of the Naqsbandi Sufi order. He is the fifteenth Sheikh in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain and at the same time, the sixth Khwaja in the ‘Khwajagan’ – the Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia. He passed in 1257.

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Jain Saint: Shrimad Rajachandra

Jain Saint: Shrimad Rajachandra2500 years ago, the 24th great teacher of the Jains, Mahavira, attained nirvana (release from the cycle of birth and death). Since then, several enlightened souls have expounded the philosophy of Jainism. One such exalted soul was Shrimad Rajchandra. He is deeply venerated for the great spiritual heights He had attained, his outstanding personality, His remarkable exposition of Mahavira’s teachings and His literary genius.

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Kabir Jayanti 2020

Kabir Das JayantiSant Kabir Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Jyeshta (May – June) as per traditional calendar. In 2020, the date of Sant Kabir Jayanti is June 5. It is believed that Sant Kabir Das was born on this day. The birth anniversary of Sant Kabir is observed in India and around the world. Meetings, satsangs, and recital of Sant Kabir’s poems are held on the day.

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Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Tegh BahadurGuru Tegh Bahadur is the 9th Guru of Sikhism, and was martyred by the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. He was son of Guru Hargobind, and was a holy and spiritually inclined person right from childhood. Originally born and name as Tyagmal, his father renamed him as ‘Tegh Bahadur’ – “the Knight of the Sword” for his bravery in battle as a 13-14 year old.

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Jhulelal – God and hero of the Sindhi Hindu Community

Jhulelal
Jhulelal, also known as Uderolal, is a legendary saint of the Sindhi Community. He is believed to be an incarnation of Varuna, the Sea God in Hinduism. The story of Jhulelal is associated an evil ruler Mirkshah Badshah attacking the Sindhi community settled in Thatta in Sindh.

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Jalaram Bapa of Gujarat

Image of Jalaram BapaJalaram Bapa is a saint who lived in a small town of Virpur in Alandi region of Gujarat. Upon meeting his master from a previous life, he commenced namasmrana – repetition of the divine name – and engaged in ceaseless spiritual activity of feeding pilgrims and the poor. An ashram has been erected in his honour, and there are miracles associated with prayer and devotion Jalaram Bapa.

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