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    • Mohammad Yousaf Abu al-Farah Tartusi

    • Mohammad Yousaf Abu al-Farah Tartusi(Arabic: محمد یوسف ابوالفرح طرطوسی‎‎) , Yousaf Abu al-Farrah Tartoosi or Abul Farah Tartusi was a popular Muslim Sufi saint. He is one of the common ancestors of the Sufi Tariqahs which form an unbroken silsi ... Read »


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    • Eden ahbez

    • Eden ahbez

      George Alexander Aberle, known as eden ahbez (April 15, 1908 – March 4, 1995), was an American songwriter and recording artist of the 1940s to 1960s, whose lifestyle in California was influential on the hippie movement. He was known to friends simply as ahbe. Ahbez composed the song "Nature Boy," which became a N ... Read »


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    • Alara Kalama

    • Alara Kalama (IAST Ārāḷa Kālāma) was a hermit saint and a teacher of yogic meditation. According to the Pāli Canon scriptures, he was one of the teachers of Gautama Buddha. After Gotama became an ascetic, he went to Alara Kalama, who was a teacher that taught a kind of early samkhya at Vessali. Ala ... Read »


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    • Mahavatar Babaji

    • Mahavatar Babaji

      Mahavatar Babaji (IPA: [Mahāvatār BābājÄ«] is the name given to an Indian saint and yogi by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935. Some of these meetings were described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, including a first ... Read »


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    • Bhikshatana

    • Bhikshatana

      Bhikshatana (Sanskrit: भिक्षाटन; Bhikṣāṭana; literally, "wandering about for alms, mendicancy") or Bhikshatana-murti (BhikṣāṭanamÅ«rti) is an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva as the "Supreme mendicant" or the "Supreme Beggar". Bhikshtana is depicted as a ... Read »


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    • Gautama Buddha

    • Gautama Buddha

      Gautama Buddha (c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE), also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic (śramaṇa) and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part o ... Read »


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    • Caloyers

    • The Caloyers (from the Greek kalos ghérôn, "good old men"), also spelled Calogers or Calogeri, were Greek monks who followed the rule of Saint Basil of Caesarea. Both male and female, they inhabited Mount Athos (only men), and disseminated throughout many of the churches of the East. They lived either in monaster ... Read »


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    • Catharism

    • Catharism (/ˈkæθərɪzəm/; from the Greek: καθαροί, katharoi, "the pure [ones]") was a Christian dualist or Gnostic revival movement that thrived in some areas of Southern Europe, particularly northern Italy and southern France, between the 12th and 14th centuries. The followers wer ... Read »


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    • Sri Chand

    • Sri Chand Ji, also referred to as Baba Sri Chand (8 September 1494 – 13 January 1629), was the founder of the ascetic sect of Udasi and was the elder son of Guru Nanak, first Guru and founder of Sikhism. He was born to Mata Sulakhani on Bhadra sudi 9, 1551 Bikrami (i.e. 8 September 1494)x Sikh organizations like t ... Read »


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    • Saint David

    • Saint David

      Saint David (Welsh: Dewi Sant, Latin: Davidus; c. 500 – c. 589) was a Welsh bishop of Mynyw (now St Davids) during the 6th century; he was later regarded as a saint. He is the patron saint of Wales. David was a native of Wales, and a relatively large amount of information is known about his life. However, his birt ... Read »


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    • Josemaría Escrivá


    • Essenes

    • The Essenes (in Modern Hebrew: אִסִּיִים‎, Isiyim; Greek: Ἐσσηνοί, Ἐσσαῖοι, or Ὀσσαῖοι, Essenoi, Essaioi, Ossaioi) were a sect of Second Temple Judaism that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE ... Read »


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    • Francis of Assisi

    • Francis of Assisi

      Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of ... Read »


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    • Gabriel Urgebadze

    • Gabriel Urgebadze

      Gabriel (Georgian: გაბრიელი), born Goderdzi Urgebadze (გოდერძი ურგებაძე; 26 August 1929 – 2 November 1995) was a Georgian Orthodox monk venerated for his dedicated monastic life and piety. With many m ... Read »


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    • Mahatma Gandhi

    • Mahatma Gandhi

      Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (/ˈɡɑːndi, ˈɡæn-/;Hindustani: [ˈmoːɦənd̪aːs ˈkərəmtʃənd̪ ˈɡaːnd̪ʱi]; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent ... Read »


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    • Gorakshanath

    • Gorakshanath

      Guru Gorakshanath (also known as Gorakhnath; estimated c. early 11th century) was an influential founder of the Nath Hindu monastic movement in India. He is considered as one of the two notable disciples of Matsyendranath. His followers are found in India's Himalayan states, the western and central states and the Gange ... Read »


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    • Gwladys

    • Gwladys

      Saint Gwladys ferch Brychan or St Gladys (Latin-Claudia), daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog, was the queen of the saint-king Gwynllyw Milwr and the mother of Cadoc "the Wise", whose vita may be the earliest saint's life to mention Arthur. Gwladys's other children were Cynidr, Bugi, Cyfyw, Maches, Glywys II and Eg ... Read »


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    • Gwynllyw

    • Saint Gwynllyw Milwr or Gwynllyw Farfog, known in English in a corrupted form as Woolos the Warrior or Woolos the Bearded (Latin: Gundleus, Gundleius or Gwenleue) (c. 450 – c. 500) was a Welsh king and religious figure. He was King of Gwynllwg in South Wales and is the legendary founder and patron saint of the Ci ... Read »


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    • Jacob of Nisibis

    • Jacob of Nisibis

      Eastern Orthodox ChurchSyriac Orthodox ChurchCoptic Orthodox ChurchArmenian Apostolic ChurchEastern Catholic Churches Jacob of Nisibis (Syriac: ܝܥܩܘܒ ܢܨܝܒܢܝܐ‎, YaÊ¿qôḇ Nṣîḇnāyâ; died c. AD 338 or 350), was a Syriac bishop still venerated as ... Read »


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    • Kalamukha

    • The Kalamukha were a medieval Shaivite sect of the Deccan Plateau who were among the first professional monks of India. Their earliest monasteries were built in Mysore. Information regarding the Kalamukha sect takes the form of inscriptions relating to temple grants and texts usually written by their opponents. They a ... Read »


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    • Kalangi Nathar

    • Kalangi Nathar was the guru of Bhogar (or Bhogarnathar). Kalangi Nathar was from Benaras. Kalangi Nathar and Bogar were considered to possess an ideal master and student relationship. It is said that they had a mutual care among both of them in their own spiritual progresses. Kalangi Nathar, especially took more care a ... Read »


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    • Swami Kalyandev

    • Swami Kalyandev (June 21, 1876? – July 14, 2004) was an Indian-born ascetic who was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, for his years of social work in the villages of India. Kalyandev ji Maharaj was born as Kaluram in Kotana village in the district of Baghpat in a family ... Read »


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    • Lahiri Mahasaya

    • Lahiri Mahasaya

      Shyama Charan Lahiri (Bengali: শ্যামাচরণ লাহিড়ী Bengali: [Shêmā Chôron Lahiṛi]) (30 September 1828 – 26 September 1895), best known as Lahiri Mahasaya, was an Indian yogi and a disciple of Mahavatar Babaji. He was als ... Read »


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    • Leo of Cappadocia

    • Saint Leo of Cappadocia was a Christian saint. Leo was an ascetic from Cappadocia whose life and martyrdom is described in John Moschos' "Pratum Spirituale" ("The Spiritual Meadow"). Leo was distinguished by his warm hospitality to all his visitors, whom he considered to be sent by God. He had the habit of saying with ... Read »


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    • Leoluca

    • Leoluca

      Saint Leoluca, also Leone Luca, Leo Luke of Corleone, or Luke of Sicily (c. 815 – c. 915) was the Abbot and Wonderworker of the Monastery of Mount Mula in Calabria, and a founder of Italo-Greek monasticism in southern Italy. He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Born in t ... Read »


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    • Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

    • Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

      Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (also transliterated Caitanya, Bengali: [Caitanya Mahāprabhu]; 18 February 1486 – 14 June 1534 was a spiritual leader who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism. He is believed by his devotees to be Krishna himself who appeared in the form of His own devotee in order to teach the people of this wor ... Read »


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    • Mahavira

    • Mahavira

      Mahavira (MahāvÄ«ra), also known as Vardhamāna, was the twenty-fourth and last Jain Tirthankara (ford maker, spiritual teacher). Mahavira was born into a royal family in what is now Bihar, India, in 599 BC. At the age of 30, he left his home in pursuit of spiritual awakening, and abandoned worldly things, inclu ... Read »


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    • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

      Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (12 January 1918 – 5 February 2008) was born Mahesh Prasad Varma and became known as Maharishi (meaning "great seer") and Yogi as an adult. He developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways ... Read »


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    • Saint Marcella

    • Marcella (325–410) is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. She is known primarily for her role in the founding of monasticism. After the death of her husband, she commenced a life of abstinence and many other women in Rome at the time followed suit. Most of what we know about Marcella ... Read »


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    • Karni Mata

    • Karni Mata

      Karni Mata (Hindi: करणी माता or Karniji; date of birth and death unknown but traditionally believed by followers to be (1387-10-02)2 October 1387 – 23 March 1538(1538-03-23),) was a female Hindu warrior sage born in the Charan caste. Also known as Shri Karniji Maharaj, sh ... Read »


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    • Matsyendranath

    • Matsyendranātha
      Born 10th century c.e
      Kamarupa Founder of Nath, Hatha yoga Denomination Nath, Kaula shaivism Philosophy Hatha yoga,
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      Matsyendranātha, Macchindranāth or MÄ«nanātha (Newari Buṅga Dyaḥ, c. early 10th century) was a saint and yogi in a number of Buddhist and Hindu traditions. He is traditionally considered the founder of hatha yoga as well as the author of some of its earliest texts. He is also seen as the founder of ... Read »


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    • John Moschus

    • John Moschus (Greek: Ιωάννης Μόσχος, c. 550 – 619; name from the Ancient Greek: ὁ τοῦ Μόσχου o tou Moschou "son of Moschos", was a Byzantine monk and ascetical writer. He was born about 550 probably at Damascus. He was given the ... Read »


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    • Nayakanahatti Thipperudra Swamy

    • Nayakanahatti Thipperudra Swamy

      Madidastu Needu Bhikshe (Your reward will be as per your work), Kayakave Kailasa (Work is worship) Nayakanahatti Thipperudra Swamy, (c. 15th or 16th century), also referred as Tippeswamy,Thippeswamy or Thippeswami, was an Indian Hindu spiritual Guru, and social reformer. He is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devo ... Read »


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    • Nazir (Talmud)

    • Nazir (Hebrew: נזיר‎‎) is a treatise of the Mishnah and the Tosefta and in both Talmuds, devoted chiefly to a discussion of the laws of the Nazirite laid down in Numbers 6:1-21. In the Tosefta its title is Nezirut ("Nazariteness"). In most of the editions of the Mishnah this treatise is the fourth ... Read »


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    • Nazirite

    • In the Hebrew Bible, a nazirite or nazarite is one who voluntarily took a vow described in Numbers 6:1–21. "Nazarite" comes from the Hebrew word נזיר nazir meaning "consecrated" or "separated". This vow required the person to: After following these requirements for a designated interval (which would b ... Read »


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    • Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

    • Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

      Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (Greek: Ὅσιος Παΐσιος ὁ Ἁγιορείτης), born Arsenios Eznepidis (1924–1994), was a well-known Greek Eastern Orthodox ascetic from Mount Athos, who originated from Pharasa, Cappadocia. He was respected for his spiri ... Read »


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    • Pavhari Baba

    • Pavhari Baba (died 1898) was an Indian ascetic and saint. He was born near Varanasi in a Brahmin family. In his childhood he went to Ghazipur to study under the tutelage of his uncle who was a follower of Ramanuja or Shri sect . After finishing his studies he travelled to many places. At Girnar in Kathiawar he was init ... Read »


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    • Peace Pilgrim

    • Peace Pilgrim

      Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981) born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American non-denominational spiritual teacher,mystic,pacifist,vegetarian activist and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. She also walked across the Uni ... Read »


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    • Pelagius

    • Pelagius (c. 360 – 418 AD) was a British-born ascetic moralist, who became well known throughout the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity. He opposed the idea of predestination and asserted a strong version of the doctrine of free will. He was accused by Augustine of Hippo and others of denying the need for divine aid i ... Read »


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    • William Pester


    • Baskaran Pillai

    • Baskaran Pillai

      Baskaran Pillai, also known as Dattatreya Siva Baba or Siva Baba, is an accomplished master of the Tamil Siddha tradition and one of the first of his lineage to bring secretive knowledge of the Tamil Siddhas to the West. Wayne Dyer was the first celebrity to follow and publicize Pillai’s manifestation teachings th ... Read »


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    • A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    • A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

      Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Bengali: অভয়চরণারবিন্দ ভক্তিবেদান্ত স্বামী প্রভুপাদ; Abhoy Charona ... Read »


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    • Pythagoras

    • Pythagoras

      Pythagoras of Samos (US /pɪˈθæɡərəs/;UK /paɪˈθæɡərəs/;Greek: Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος Pythagóras ho Sámios "Pythagoras the Samian", or simply Πυθαγόρας; Πυθαγόρης in Io ... Read »


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    • Martha Reeves (anchorite)

    • Martha Reeves (born 1941) is an Anglican solitary (or anchorite). A graduate of the Madeira School, Class of 1959, she is also a Stanford educated professor of theology and a mystic under vows to Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. She has written a series of books under the name "Maggie Ross", most no ... Read »


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    • Seraphim of Sarov

    • Seraphim of Sarov

      Saint Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский) (1 August [O.S. 19 July] 1754 (or 1759) – 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1833), born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор Мошнин), is one of the most renowned Russian saints in the E ... Read »


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    • Sergius of Radonezh

    • Sergius of Radonezh

      Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (Russian: Се́ргий Ра́донежский, Sergii Radonezhsky; 14 May 1314 – 25 September 1392), also transliterated as Sergey Radonezhsky or Serge of Radonezh, was a spiritual leader and monastic reformer of medieval Russia. Together with ... Read »


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    • Sai Baba of Shirdi

    • Sai Baba of Shirdi

      Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as an incarnation of God (avatar), saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs. He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees, and during, as well as after, his l ... Read »


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    • Shiva

    • Shiva

      Shiva (சிவ Tamil; /ˈʃivə/; Sanskrit: Śiva, lit. the auspicious one; Hindi: शिव) is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism. Shiva is "the transformer" within the T ... Read »


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    • Sisoes the Great

    • Saint Sisoës the Great (also Sisoi the Great, Sisoy the Great, Sisoes of Sceté or Shishoy; †429 AD) was an early Christian desert father, a solitary monk pursuing asceticism in the Egyptian desert in a cave of his predecessor, St Anthony the Great. St Sisoës is revered as a saint by Roman Catholic and Eas ... Read »


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    • Sophronius of Jerusalem

    • Sophronius of Jerusalem

      Sophronius (c. 560 – March 11, 638; Greek: Σωφρόνιος) was the Patriarch of Jerusalem from 634 until his death, and is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches. Before rising to the primacy of the see of Jerusalem, he was a monk and theologian who was the chief p ... Read »


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    • Matt Talbot

    • Matt Talbot

      The Venerable Matt Talbot, OFS (2 May 1856 – 7 June 1925) was an Irish ascetic revered by many Catholics for his piety, charity and mortification of the flesh. Talbot was an unskilled labourer. Though he lived alone for most of his life, Talbot did live with his mother for a time. His life would have gone unnotic ... Read »


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    • Turlupins

    • The turlupins were a religious sect in medieval France, loosely related to the Beguines and Beghards and the Brethren of the Free Spirit. The name turlupin is a derisive epithet; they appear to have called themselves the "society of the poor" or "fellowship of poverty". Mention of them survives only in writings of thei ... Read »


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    • Swami Vivekananda

    • Swami Vivekananda

      Swami Vivekananda Bengali: [ʃami bibekanɒnɖo], Shāmi Bibekānondo; 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta (Bengali: [nɔrend̪ro nat̪ʰ d̪ɔt̪t̪o]), was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key fig ... Read »


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    • Paramahansa Yogananda

    • Paramahansa Yogananda

      "You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find." – from the book The Divine Romance Paramahansa Yogananda (Bengali: পরমহ ... Read »


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