What are the people saying . . . Spiritually Speaking?

Results of Survey

1. Who are the Enlightened Spiritual Masters of the 21st Century?

Answers given :

Byron Katie
Guru Mai Ma
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Lord Gourasana
Pema Chodron
Pir Vilayat Khan
Ramana Maharshi
Richard Rohr
Sai Baba
Sai Maa
Sri Aurobindo
Sri Chinmoy
Sri Yukteswar
The Lady
Thick Nat Han

Hazrat Inayat Khan, Lord Gourasana, Osho, Papaji, Pir Vilayat Khan, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo and Sri Yukteswar died before the turn of this century, so I will not be writing about them in this blog series. This does not mean that their presence and teachings do not live on through their disciples and successors and that their influence on planetary consciousness isn’t great. This only means that I will be dealing exclusively with those Spiritual Masters who were living after the year 2,000.

Many people I know reject even the notion of a spiritual master and say that “God is my only Master.” While that may be true for many, it is not something that needs any further explanation. God is God. There are many paths to God, but only one God, the Source.

I will begin writing about each Spiritual Master highlighted in blue next week, including what everyone else said in answer to questions #2-4. Before then, if anyone would like to add names to the list and answer any of these questions they didn’t get to answer in the survey, please just put your answers at the bottom of the blog page in the area where it says Leave a Reply.

Please take a few minutes to answer these 4 questions about “Enlightened Spiritual Masters of the 21st Century.”

Deadline: Please submit your answers before December 2nd and they will become part this blog series on my website www.amaddesireforgod.com.

Bonus** As an added bonus, there will be a draw from among the names at the time the survey is complete and the winner will receive a FREE BOOK (A Mad Desire for God) just for completing the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to complete all four questions.

  1. Who are the enlightened spiritual masters of the 21st century?
  2. What spiritual qualities does this master or these masters possess (such as power, love, clarity, or the ability to break their disciples free)?
  3. How did you come across the existence of this spiritual master or masters?
  4. Are you or have you ever been a disciple of an enlightened spiritual master? If so which one?

2 Responses to What are the people saying . . . Spiritually Speaking?

  1. Steven December 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    The first link below lists 1750 spiritual masters, probably about half of them still alive as of the year 2000. The second link lists some other forums discussing well known spiritual master alive today.

    If we were to list those available in India it may be a big list indeed as in one village alone of about 3000 people it was known that there were over 100 spiritual masters. I did not ask how many of them were direct divine incarnations of God, but we can safely assume it was a substantial number. In places like Mumbai or Chennai the numbers would be hard to calculate. Bhagavan Kalki is one extremely well known international Avatar who has the same kind of shakti Gourasana had, having met both of them.



    I’m really enjoying your book.

    Adi Da Free John listed three types of spiritual masters:
    yogis, saints and sages.
    Yogis seek the merging of the life-force in God, because they see the dilemma of their existence in the forms of life. Thus, their activity originates in the great life-region of the navel, and proceeds upward from that point (if the goal is above the world). Some, who conceive an evolutionary goal in the world, also draw the life-energy down to the life-center. The yogis enjoy exclusive mastery over desire and life.

    The great bhaktas or lovers of God are always turned upward through thought, feeling, word, and deed. Practitioners of the yoga of the inner sound current listen to the sound behind the eyes and above the ears in order to be drawn up by it into the Condition of the Light. These are the ways of saints, who seek the exclusive merging of the mind in God, because they know the mind to be the root of the permutations of life. Thus, their seats of activity are in the ajna chakra, the sahasrar, and above. The saints master mind, just as yogis master desire and life.

    The sages or jnanis seek the realization of Self, prior to ego, and thus also to mind and desire, because they know the ego to be the root of mind and life. Their activity originates in the heart, the seat of the limited self, of mind, and of desire, on the right side of the chest. This seat, or the potent Silence, the mere Presence of the Heart or Real God which is intuited therein, is the root of all thoughts, as well as the life current, and the internally audible sound stream. The Self is even the Root or Source of the very Light or Mind which is above the body, the mind, and the world, and of the Life which always proceeds from it as bodies, minds, and worlds. Sages enjoy principal but exclusive mastery over the illusion of separate self, without interest in transcendent Mind or Divine World.

    • Karen Tenney December 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      Thank you so much for this thorough rendering on the topic of spiritual masters of the 21st century. I intend to use your comments as a jumping off point for my next blog entry. It’s fascinating for me to discover new Avatars, Saints and Masters I didn’t know about and research them for my readers.

      I’m so glad you are enjoying my book. Would you be willing to give a review of it on Amazon.com? It can be just a few sentences.

      Please let me know how I can get in touch with you. You can send me a personal email at karen@new.amaddesireforgod.com which no one else will see. I’d like to know more about you.

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