Top Living Masters

“There are no Masters living in the world, for Mastery is attained beyond the world. There are advanced students. There are students of great accomplishment. But there are no Masters living in the world. Perfection is not found here, only contribution. Whoever remains in the world remains to learn the lessons of the world. The lessons of the world must be learned not only in your individual life, but in a life of contribution as well.” — Steps to Knowledge

If mastery cannot be found within the world, then who are these top living masters? They are advanced students – skilled practitioners. They have surrendered to the source of Grace within themselves and become empty vessels from which Heaven can express itself.

They are not Gods, Avatars or perfect individuals. Understanding what enlightenment is allows us to see them for what they truly are: intermediaries between the state of physical separation and our inherent spiritual reality.  Such people have great gifts to give. Nonetheless, they remain human beings.

This list of top living masters will be controversial. How can one possibly judge and evaluate someone’s spiritual contributions? We certainly do not have the vantage point to pass such judgements. Besides, even the smallest gift or the simplest gesture can be a great spiritual teaching if it comes from Spirit. Nevertheless,  we wish to highlight these gracious individuals who have inspired us to reach deeper within.


Important Notice : Before giving your time, money and/or energy to a spiritual guru or teacher, be absolutely sure to review them using a guru rating service. You are a unique expression of God and are important. Protect yourself from spiritual fraudsters.


Marshall Vian Summers

Marshall Vian Summers is the most important man alive today. This is a bold statement but given the magnitude of the times we live in, bold statements are entirely appropriate.

He is far more than an enlightened guru or spiritual master here to remind us of our spiritual origins. He is the Messenger. God has spoken again. In humanity’s great time of need, God has spoken again. It is nothing less than a new Revelation for humanity. As with Buddha, Jesus and the Muhammed, it continues the great series of transmissions from the Creator.

The most important part of this New Message is the Steps to Knowledge spiritual practice. It is a pathway for anyone who wants to reconnect with the inner source of truth within themselves. This is enlightenment. Preparation is needed to  experience true purpose and meaning in life.  Steps to Knowledge is a gift to all spiritual seekers – especially those that have not been able to fully give themselves to humanity’s existing spiritual traditions. To humanity’s great benefit, millions will practice it one day.

Sadhguru

Sadhguru is a prime example of what can be accomplished in the world if one walks with Spirit. Enlightenment is about contribution. Everyone has a calling – everyone has a certain design that can be used to uplift the human race. A being working in tandem with Spirit – a veritable bridge between Heaven and Earth – gives with power and potency. Sadhguru’s life is a good demonstration of this.

Enlightened at a young age, he gave up his burgeoning public works construction business for the spiritual life. His bold industriousness could have made him a very wealthy man. It’s this incredible daring and energy that makes him such a potent force for giving in the world. Aligned with the greater spiritual forces within, his creativity and talent for getting things done are used to good effect.

A great example is Sadhguru’s Project Greenhands. This organization’s aim is to increase his native state of Tamil Nadu’s forest cover to 33%. What does this have to do with enlightenment and spiritual advancement? Everything! It’s all about giving the gifts you came here to give. What do you feel drawn to? Where can your talents be used?

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is without a doubt the most popular spiritual teacher of the modern age. His books are everywhere. He has brought spiritual practices like living in the moment and inner listening to a wide swath of people who normally would not give spiritual topics a second glance. Thank you Oprah! For this alone he deserves a mention on this list.

Spiritual advancement, enlightenment and the fulfilment of our spiritual purpose is a potential that rests within us all.  It is not a privilege reserved for the monastic or small groups of adept practitioners. Many more people need to step up and give the gifts they came here to give. The future of humanity depends on it. Eckhart Tolle has done a fantastic job of bringing spirituality to the masses. This can be a useful bridge to more serious and complete spiritual practices.

Adyashanti

Adyashanti can articulate spiritual truths better than almost anyone. One can’t help but feel a sense of peace around this man’s gentle presence. This is a strength but can also be a weakness. The last thing the world needs is more spiritual seekers lulled into a sense of blissful complacency. That being said, his insights are a true contribution to humanity’s spiritual heritage.

Zen was his initial spiritual practice but he had to leave it to achieve true spiritual union. This irony should not be lost on the practitioner. At some point, even the most useful ideas lose their usefulness and must be dropped at the gate. Spirit can never be defined or limited by our ideas, even ones found within the richness of the Zen tradition.

94 thoughts on “Top Living Masters”

  1. Fantastic article. Thank you for the introductions to these four men. Who are the the top women masters living in the world today? Surely, not all enlightened spiritual masters are men! Mother Meera? Gangaji? Amma? Patricia Summers? Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche? Perhaps this would be a great article in its own right.

    1. Yes… Patricia Summers. It is time now for the wive’s of Messengers to be recognized for their own contribution, studenthood, spiritual advancement and gifts to the world. She is such a woman.

      1. Correct; why is it important if it is a man or woman. Getting caught up in those distinctions are egoic road blocks of self mastery, much like seeking the distinction of being proclaimed a master. Those that are finding self mastery would never claim themselves as someone others view as a master. This kind of distinction separates human beings from self realization and self mastery, because once it is recognized, it is seen that there is only you that can claim it, there is no one else.

        1. I am transgender….neither label is appropriate……please , trust only your own heart, let it guide your own mind, and be your motivation. birdy kisses xx

    2. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati, , both inducted into the Martin luther King Board of Preachers, Amma, Karunamayi, Ma Yoga Shakti , 13 indigenous Grandmothers, Grandmother Flordemayo ,Pema Chodran…to name some really great, but overlooked women, who are changing the World.

    3. I asked my yoga teacher the same question . His answer was that it was the culture and not to put a judgement on it because all of those “male masters” were spending most of the time on the feminine principles . His answer just made me go HMMM
      I was suggesting it was a problem ..I was only curious as to why 🙂

    4. The new kid on the block…Michael A. Singer who wrote ” The Untethered Soul” which hit #1 on the New York Times book report.

    5. I had the same thought after reading article. I would add Katie Byron to this list as she so beautifully teaches us to question our beliefs, look at ourselves and let go of fixed ideas….letting go…essential to the awakening process.

  2. I also hope to see many more enlightened women featured on this website. Our Higher Selves does not gender discriminate! Is Patricia Summers Marshall Vian Summer’s wife?

    1. trust only your own heart, let it guide your own mind, and be your motivation….thousand two….birdy kisses xx

  3. Women…there needs to be women to help bring about world peace. NOT saying they aren’t great but the need for women spiritual leaders is a must and I know they are out there!!!

    1. It would be wise to use great discernment when listening to Teal Scott. Although I am all for the recognition of women I feel their are forces of dissonance at work in her “teachings”.

    1. Enlightenment is not proportionate to the fame! Rather it is simplicity. Now you can imagine who in the world are enlightened. They don’t come out onto streets and announce their enlightenment. Dalailama.. Absolutely not. Enlightenment is the integration of the human and the divine!

  4. The Dalai Lama is definitely not enlightened. I remember watching a documentary where they were trying to find the reincarnation of a recently deceased master. He had to have an enlightened person next to him to make the call. He did not have the capacity. He is a wonderful person, a wise teacher, a significant political leader, but not enlightened.

  5. It may have been wiser to list them as “some of”, definitives in a non-definite reality unfortunately opens oneself to scrutiny. I also agree that there are many wonderful female masters , many of whom often thread this earth unheard of, yet are vessels for the Divine, emanating love and peace with every breath and giving birth to new creations of Divine beauty made manifest.

    1. A video that apparently showed Nithyananda engaging in sexual acts with women, allegedly Tamil film actress Ranjitha, was broadcast on the Tamil television channel Sun News on 2 March 2010. Responding to the media reports, Nithyananada said that he was in a “state of samadhi” (trance) when the video was made and that the tape had been “misinterpreted, morphed and manipulated” during an interview with Times Now on 13 March 2010. After release of the video, Bidadi police registered cases under Indian Penal Code sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (threat to life) and 420 (cheating). After evading summons for 49 days, Nithyananda was arrested on April 21, 2010 in Arki in Himachal Pradesh by Bangalore Police with the help of the police of Himachal.

      Arathi Rao, a former follower of Nithyananda, gave a detailed account of her five-year experience with the guru. She alleged that Nithyananda repeatedly raped her and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed it to anybody. Arathi also claimed that it was she who had secretly filmed Nithyananda’s sex tapes with a Tamil actress.

      1. I think there’s no good or bad on earth, besides individual perception. There’s always golden opportunity lessons in demon, but unpleasant side of angel as well. Again, personal preferences in heading to positive or negative that matter. If I were the victim, I will have no hesitation to swallow every of my sorrows ‘IF’ ever that incident is real all because I see the great work of he’s doing to the world, far beyond compare to my so called tiny sacrifice, just peanut.

        This has no difference with the matter of Michael Jackson’s child molest issue, again, personal preferences, and again, if I were the kid’s parent, I’m willing to choose to forgive & forget, not because he deserves it or not, yet I realize, I deserve it in order to move on my life, regardless he’s doing good to the world or not? In fact, he did so much for the world, so what’s more? Can we?

        Lastly, my point is not encouraging anyone allows such kind of self abuse scenario, but my personal point of view that someone’s great contribution to the WHOLE that most matter. After all nobody is perfect, so what right each individual holds to place judgment when it doesn’t bother nobody???

        As my guru says, we don’t have to punish those who does bad & send them to hell, because they are already in hell by doing any harm to others, because if anyone who knows the truth that is before that harm cause to others, it actually touches that particular person who creates it, reason is because of it all came from themselves from inside before reaches others.

        I think if each one of us choose to see every reflection existence in front of us with Love, we’re living in heaven even if this is a hell… NOTHING else really matter including time, as long as we choose positive path to carry only Compassion Love towards outer world…

        Heartiest thanks for allowing my sharing…..
        Countless heartiest appreciations.
        Be Blissful…!!!

  6. There are many Living Masters how do not need a certificate from the internet source to prove them they are, many such Masters can be seen in our daily lives!

  7. Hey, I am surprised that Master Li Hongzhi, the teacher of Falun Dafa is not on here, or on the list of enlightened people either. He is both.

  8. Great list. Also, Thich Nhat Hanh.. one of the best teachers I’ve come across. The peaceful aura that surrounds him is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

  9. Am I the only person in the world that doesn’t get Eckhard Tolle? I appreciated the emphasis on being in the present moment discussed in “The Power of Now,” but the vibe of the book for me is “This is all intuitively obvious to the most casual observer because, well, I am awesome.”

  10. when money is requested, at first , or many weeks into “the enlightenment process,” I guarantee that that is the motive. anyone can say this stuff, and people will always follow out of genuine yearning for connection with that which has created us all, if I wear a funny hat, or move about in beautiful robes, bestowing blessings, and maintaining an air of grace, of course people will be drawn to it…the plan is the plan, an apple is an apple, its an illusion to believe you have altered your existence, if its happening to you, it is in the plan,if its not, then its not about your lack of affirmations, or whether you chant mantras….science has demonstrated predestination in physics,and that which exists is defined by predetermined frequencies of manifestation, this information is free to peruse online, no intermediary spiritual guru is required to see god at work…trust only your heart, let it guide your mind, and be your motivation.. CHLOE WINKWORTH XX birdy kisses.

  11. just realised that this is an advertisement, so I apologise, by saying to trust only your own heart , let it guide your mind, and be your motivation , I have gone against the whole idea of the post, so I once again apologise, this will probably get censored, the religeons listed below are intolerant of transgender people, as are most people, so best birdy kisses, try to remember what I said, its how the plan is meant to work, trust your own heart, let it guide your mind, and be your motivation. yes I work for god, for free, never took a shekel…and my pineal gland is fine, but I get skin spots, when ido read auras…xx

  12. Oh great, all men. So you think Eckhart Tolle is somehow more enlightened than the Dalai Lama, who didn’t even make the list. Seriously?

    1. The Dalai Lama is not enlightened. He does not even say he is, and indeed he’s made it apparent that he is not. In a documentary about finding a reincarnated Tibetan master, the Dalai Lama had to have an enlightened person next to him to make the call. He’s a wonderful teacher, a great person, but certainly not enlightened.

    2. A very good point. A book that you might be
      interested in exploring, is by Isabel Hilton.
      –The Search For The Panchan Lama—-
      Isabel Hilton is an international print and
      broadcast journalist and a well known
      commentator on Chinese affairs. She has
      worked for a number of British publications
      ,
      including the Sunday Times and the independent. Hilton lives in London.
      Here is a brief commentary on her book—
      ” A fantastic adventure story and intrigue______
      If you want a crash course in Tibetan history and affairs in addition to a rattling good story, this is the book” ————Personally, I don’t think that I would refer to such a story
      of pain, suffering, death, and exile as a good story, not even a rattling good one. Yet , it is an interestingly instructive story, in the sense of the insight, that it
      offers, into the history and culture of Tibet. As well as the human condition in general. Some possibly important questions to consider in this respect, are the questions
      pertaining to the subjects of Truth, propaganda, analysis, slander, and cover stories. What are some of the obvious motivations? Self advantage, psychological and cultural blind spots, or just the every day
      run of the mill manipulations ? It obviously includes all of them and more, including some inevitable elements of the always hoped for human empathy. The book is an
      insightful reminder of the mixed bag human condition in which we find ourselves. A condition of which we are part of. If we look for Truth, it might be wise to look for it in a retreat from untruth, as we discover it , as we recognize it, as we step away in a backward motion of retreat, in an honest
      effort of not postulating ahead of time, just
      what the Truth is. We must start with even the smallest of things. We do not do this as an imitation of sainthood. Such a motive
      carries with it , a motivation of an entirely
      different characteristic. The retreat from untruth is a private journey of honest understanding, in the search for True Self Definition. I pass this your way, as a reminder
      of human failings, and encouragement against fallen heros. Remember, it is a private and individual journey , untill the resolution of it, in Truth. Unless, of course, one is satisfied with even the vicarious
      comforts, of our hero’s. This of course, is an
      all too understandable, trait, and characteristic, of human nature. Very understandable indeed. My apology, for my babblings. I originally only intended to share a book with you. Again my apology, I will not reply any further. Best wishes, Namaste,

    3. Again, Most famous spiritual personalities of the world are not enlightened. Enlightenment requires one to surrender their ego completely. This is impossible even for the most wisest person in the world. It’s not about being wise or being most famous. It’s about letting go of the past and inviting ones divinity into them!

      1. Yes osho is dead, and he said many times when I’m gone this is the end of all of this, and yet all those deluded people are still hanging onto it still afraid to stand on their own two feet without that emotional support, his teaching was in vain !

  13. Chloe,
    I can say unequivocally that being in the room with Marshall Vian Summers that the The New Message form God is not & has not ever been about him, or any other person, or other presumptions made. This is all made clear in the New Message itself, for it speaks for itself & is pure & unchanged by anyone.

    For me, in my experience, the New Message is what it says its about: reaching & preparing the Human Family for the http://www.GreatWavesOfChange.org, which includes emerging into the resource competitive Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe & developing the connection from Knowledge within to withstand this contact with other minds completely unlike our intellects.

    Have you received & experienced parts of the New Message? My experience: the NM is about me (the person openly responding to it) & my relationship with God and what God wants you to do for yourself and for the world ultimately. The intellect of course (beliefs/ideas/concepts) thinks its merely words on a screen/page. For me the New Message is really not just ideas/concepts to agree/disagree with superficially, it is experiential, real, & about relationship, with myself & life & what I am here to do on the planet at this time. I know I have to find who I am, why I am here, & whom I am here to meet. If I do not I have failed.

    What I found free years ago, is still there & its been added to, immensely, http://www.NewMessage.org/the-night-meditation in particular has been a real revelation of what stillness & connection in relationship & the spiritual Presence really feels like.

    See you all in the Free School of the New Message for chat Sat. @ 9am. I know in my Knowledge, that the New Message is for me & that I have come to prepare in it, to find my contribution in the world & begin to live & contribute it today & everyday. I’ll see you in my 2 http://www.StepsToKnowledge.com practices today. Nasi Novare Coram

  14. enlightend persons dont reveal that they enlightend . all u have to do is to enlight self to find them. one must be a seeker of enlightment and practice meditation.then incourse of time u some how meet an enlightend person.
    be a good student. a teacher will come in search of you.

  15. there is no competition in spirituality! All are equal! Some might just be more awakened then others. Trying to be No.1 Spiritual Master on Earth would be an Ego pursuit….. I am sure there is countless other Masters living humbly and unrecognized amongst us. From past experience I’d never choose a human as my gateway to the divine anyway. If one connects directly, there is no interference, and you cannot fall for potential false prophets…. It’s kinder on any spiritual teacher too! Their minds might be clear, but their physical bodies will have limits, so do not ask them to channel good in and bad out for you – just do it yourself…..

  16. All his is just marketing. None of these people are any different from you. When we have problems, we pray you God, and these people look within… but it is the same thing: we are both weak and look somewhere for strength and guidance, whether it is with-in, to God, or to a friend.

  17. Finding (an enlightened) master is like hitting gold. Its like finding the specialist doctor to your disease. Those who believe they don’t need a master should realize very few can cure themselves without the doctor. However the path is laden with fakes of all kinds. Just like you need money or skills to make money, you need good karma to tread the path of (creating and sustaining) good karma by way of a master. One saying goes “the master appears when the student is ready”. Dont seek master for miracles, seek the master for his methods that you can adopt. Perhaps the most fortunate thing that can happen in your life is connecting to the master that matters meaningfully who can take you through the storms of life without creating liabilities or baggage. Godspeed!

  18. Raam Raam, Sat Naam to all,
    Excellent, well said Shrinivasan.
    Alex you are very wise but there are Sat Gurus (not Sadgurus) who lives on this plane, but do function from a higher plane simultaneously. I do not wish to add names but true seekers will find Living Masters amongst us
    In the grand scheme of things, all humans are just trying to get home (from this experience) to Sat Lok (Sach Khand) the soul’s true home.

  19. First the word or concept of enlightenment was coined during the 18th century by scientists using reason as a way to pull away from the religious dogma of the church. Budha never used it. He used awakening to express that awareness.
    “Everyone knows that the drop is in the ocean, but few know the ocean is within the drop” Saint Kabir
    Living masters can show how to turn within and experience that ocean. Talk is cheap. The infinite lies within the finite.
    If a teacher can show that practical experience then they are a true teacher. If not then it’s just spiritual dogma. I learned from Prem Rawat also known as Maharaji. You can see him on you tube. And learn for free how to go within. Simple.

  20. Re; male/female: It’s traditionally been easier for a male than a female to step out from ordinary existence and adopt an unusual lifestyle. Women have always been expected to marry, bear children (no, not little bears), and take care of house and husband. Only a rare few have been able to break out of that mold. Things are getting a bit more balanced in modern times in some regions. But even today, it would be very rare for a young woman to leave society and go live in a secluded cave on her own for months. Of course, that’s not the only way to attain spiritual enlightenment, but it’s worked very well for men like Milarepa.

  21. If you are rating spiritual masters on the basis of their spiritual power or height. .and they are recently incarnated. .from personal experiences Sri Chinmoy was the top…had very powerful experience also with Ammachi. …when I met Ibrahim Jaffe years ago there was a powerful energy about him. However to be honest. .. Ms Hicks who alleges to channel Abraham
    .well there was nothing there…just an actress. However there are many powerful disincarnate beings and forces.But I guess one needs to discover the Supreme outside and also inside.
    ..

    1. Sorry forgot to mention there are many charismatic, articulate Authors and teachers ..but aren’t they just as lost as so many others…and really primarily concerned about their careers???The late wayne dyer ,Dr Chopra, Toll…etc. I mean many have experienced the infinite at certain times of th e or life. ..as I did….but it doesn’t mean it is in my destiny to write a book and publicize my realization and develop teachings as a businessman would. One thing I cannot stress enough is all have individual destinies/what your soul chooses..and anyone who teaches we willingly can create our destiny through the human ego..etc…Are lying or do not have a clue…even if they have gobs of money and are wildly successful lol

  22. There was so many enlightened masters ; one of theme who is alive today avadhoot shivanand ji , who also known as father of indian healing …

  23. Hi

    I know it is impossible to cover thousands more living masters of this generation. However, you need to ensure there are powerful masters like Paramahamsa Nithyananda, Sakthipath Sri Ramanananda Maharshi etc who with their enormous energy serving the mankind and protecting planet earth from destruction

    Thanks
    Raghu

  24. Hmm… good point to discuss…. what is enlightened… a relation with god?? can hear from God??… spiritual knowledge??… or implementation in life..?? hmm… what the World needs more ..?? every religion has the greatest masters and enlightened people who changed human life style… The Holy Bible… The Holy..Bhagavath Geetha… The Holy Quran… still people need other peoples to live like enlightened and … still want guideline??/ hmm… but they do not??? enlightenment, is might not happens with years of practice… it may takes place with fraction of second, like the exact time taken by our soul to leave the body???… have anybody know the time for soul entering the body…???the upper mentioned Holy books from enlightened people and their lifestyles… their knowledge and their guidance from creator … then whats yours?? position (the inner, often used word)hmm… when you know how (the emotions)you made of ,, the strengths and weaknesses.. you may found how to eliminate weaknesses and strengthen the strength .. then you know why you created or born here??? ask with yourself, ask with the nature(universe as our village) ask with the creator… ” please read the world as a book, but not in the book…. and read the book in the world, in the life..

    1. You cannot.
      And once you are enlightened you won’t do it anyway.
      All enlightened ones have the same reality, they may have different techniques and ways but fundamentally all are same.

  25. Thank you all for your contribution. This is a wonderful source! I work on an intercultural and interfaith project about enlightened women and men from all over the world—people who experienced eternity (Daoism), Samadhi (Hinduism, Sikhism), Satori (Zen), Bodhi (Buddhism), Tauhīd (Islam), union with god (Christianity, Judaism)… I don’t care if these people are famous. Money making people make me distrusting. I want to meet truly enlightened women and men—real masters. I want to avoid the esoteric and spiritual supermarket. So far, I am able to name these people:

    Adyashanti
    Amma
    Artur
    Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
    Pema Chodron
    Ram Dass
    Grandmother Flordemayo
    Gangaji
    Thích Nhất Hạnh
    Li Hongzhi
    Thomas Hübl
    The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
    Swami Isa
    Ibrahim Jaffe
    Williges Jäger
    Amma Sri Karunamayi
    Wayne Liquorman
    Mutter Meers
    Christian Meyer
    Mooji
    Karl Renz
    Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
    Ma Yoga Shakti
    Michael A. Singer
    Sadhguru
    Samarpan
    Avdhoot Baba Shivanand
    Marshall Vian Summers
    Patricia Summers
    Eckhart Tolle
    Stephen Wolinsky

    Please let me know if you have any more tips. I am very interested in persons who do not make a public appearance. Please feel free to send a private message to:
    enlightened.women.and.men@gmail.com

    1. very Important one you did not include.
      Your self.
      You are also enlightened but you just ignored it.
      Look into your own nature, Buddha is in you.

      Thanks

  26. You are missing Bikram Choudhury…the current king of Yogis

    Also, Isha Judd. Been to her retreat and she is 120% enlightened.

  27. Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. After seven years of attending (free) meditation classes and events at Science of Spirituality, I finally opened to the possibility that he was a legit spiritual master. My initial resistance made my recent experiences of and through him that much more incredible.

  28. Sash guru jaggy a is a total fraud

    Enlightened masters to learn from :
    1. OSHO
    2. Eckhart Tolle
    3. Krishnamurti.

  29. There are too many varied descriptions and definitions to come up with a consensus for what enlightenment even means. Therefore, how can we say who is “really” enlightened?

    Use them as a crutch if you must, but eventually you may just come to realize that labels such as “enlightenment”, and arguments about who is and who isn’t, are pointless anyway. This might be difficult to accept for most, though.

  30. With that said, I find these living “teachers” refreshing to read on occasion;

    *Eckhart for his clarity and ability to bring the sacred into everyday life.
    *Mooji for his utter simplicity and humor.
    *Matt Kahn for turning the spiritual game on it’s head (especially for the advaitists)
    *Bentinho Massaro for his passion and ability to flow through “levels” of consciousness.
    *Catherine Ingram for bringing heart and a woman’s touch into the spiritual arena.
    *Lisa Transcendence Brown for seeming “way out there”, while being firmly anchored inside.

    There are so many more, but these people come to mind.

  31. As is the case in any sphere of knowledge we can assess a person only upto our level of knowledge. So to understand a realised self, one should reach at least near his state.
    I had the good fortune to be in contact with a spiritual master from 1981 when I was 16 years of age. He was averse to name and fame. He attained Samadhi in 1996. In those times the few followers around him did not realize his true greatness. But as we all evolve spiritually every one of his followers now realize what a spiritual giant he was and how much a low profile he kept himself. He started a small ashram and would tell that the sole purpose was for spiritual seekers to come together, discuss, do Sadhanas etc. Even now his devoties are keeping the ashram vibrant with regular discourses, Bhajans, Archanas, purana recitals and such spiritual activities. It is in Thirumala, Thiruvanantha puram. His Samadhi is situated in the Ashram premises. He used to often stress that an ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. Spiritually I am still in the initial steps. I am sure about my path and progressing very slowly, but surely. I used to love to spend time sitting like a child at his feet. Due to this long association I can now more or less distinguish a true master from a not so one. And I find a lot of people with just some theoretical knowledge very eager to teach others and assume the position of a Master. If we dont have the capacity to distinguish, the best way is to pray to the almighty intensely that he will send the true master to you or some how you will come in contact with your true Guru.
    I am sure there must be such great souls in different parts of India.

  32. Hello,
    Thank you very much for making such a detailed and wonderful website.I know another Enlightened Master Whom I know since 6 years now..Master Yasima , she is based in New York. And have been talking to people online. She is wonderful. I am Sharing here her links so that you can also add her in this list..
    I will email you on the address provided above..thank you very much.

  33. Dear Members,

    i would like to know if you can mention ARAHANT WAJIRABUDDHI’s name as another enlightened person living in Sri lanka. Please go through the below website and you can download the PDF of his discourses. He has clearly preached the path to Nibbana(which was preached by Gautham Buddha). He made a big change in Buddhism in Sri lanka.

    http://www.mahanuwara-wajirabuddhi-thero.org/EN

    Best Regards
    Viran

  34. My own personal list of spiritual gurus
    1-bhagwan nityanand ( of ganeshluri)
    2-paramhans yogananda
    3-om swami(living)
    4-sri m (living)
    5-swami rama of Himalaya
    6-paramhans muktananda swami
    7-swami vishudhananda saraswati

  35. This enlightened stuff has me so confused. I have been watching Mooji Satsangs now for about a week with open mind and the man has intelligent stuff to offer. What I can’t wrap my head around is how his “deciples” look at him like he is God and everyword is sacred. It’s a bit scary to watch. The biggest thing that bothers me is at the base of his teachings is to discard the identity and ego , yet when these people kiss his feet and look at him like he is the All , he allows it and enjoys it. That is Ego if you look it up in Websters. I don’t understand the tears and the complete loss of mental facilities when in his “presence”?

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