Spiritual Teachers – Ancient

Books or links in bold were used as references in articles.  *Starred books or links are personal favorites and highly recommended.  References are being updated regularly as I accumulate new knowledge and wisdom.  New books or links in the last 3 months are marked accordingly.  I welcome all suggestions for new references.

 

 

 

Mahavatar Babaji   Babaji

An Indian saint of Hinduism, who has been met by only a select number of people.  It is said that he presides in the Northern Himalayan mountains where he still retains his physical form after hundreds or thousands of years.  His presence is described by *Paramahansa Yogananda in his book *Autobiography of a Yogi, where he is revealed to be the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya, another highly regarded Hindu spiritual master.  Another example of a highly evolved soul who has transcended the physical realm and attained avatar status.

 

Links:

Mahavatar Babaji Wikipedia

Mahavatar Babaji Bio

Babaji’s Kriya Yoga

Shri Haidakhan Babaji Website

 

Books:

Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India (Autobiography of a Yogi Book Excerpt)

 

 

 

*Gautama (Siddhartha) Buddha   Siddhartha Buddha

A sage who is responsible for teachings that developed into the religion of *Buddhism.  He lived and taught in India around 2,500 years ago.  According to the *Michael Teachings, he is an Infinite Soul whose essence resides on the highest level of the Spiritual Planes.  In other words, he is the manifestation of pure knowledge and love.  His teachings revolve around enlightenment and becoming a higher state of consciousness.  The wisdom and knowledge left behind is very popular in eastern parts of the world but is becoming more popular in the west as more and more contemporary teachers bring it to the forefront.

 

Links:

Gautama Buddha – Wikipedia

The Life of the Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama – Buddha

Following the Buddha’s Footsteps

 

Books:

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Multiple Authors)

 

 

 

*Jesus Christ   Jesus

Probably the most popular and well-studied human figure in human history, he is believed by many to be the ‘Son of God’.  Of course, this only means that he was a highly evolved soul who visited this planet 2000 years ago and left behind some of the most widely shared spiritual concepts in existence, which developed into Christianity.  Referring to the *Michael Teachings, Jesus is an Infinite Soul and resides on a very high plane of existence.  His physical life and death are shrouded in mystery, with many years of his life left undocumented.  The core of his teachings revolve around love, but much of it is either misunderstood or misinterpreted.  He continues to be a prominent figure in modern spirituality and religion, with many believing he will incarnate again.

 

Links:

Jesus Christ Biography

Christianity: The World’s Largest Religion

Who Is Jesus? Christ’s Life, Death & Resurrection

 

Books:

The Bible (Multiple Authors)

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls (Giza Vermes)

The Gnostic Gospels (Elaine Pagels)

 

 

 

Meister Eckhart   Meister Eckhart

A Christian philosopher, theologian, and sage, he was a radical but highly influential spiritual teacher of his time.   His theology is that of non-dual panentheism (All is God) as opposed to the popular duality teachings of the day (and today) that God is ‘up there’ and we are ‘down here’.  In other words, God is within everything and taking it step further, is everything, growing and evolving.  Every soul is already perfectly one with God, which is still not universally recognized in the modern world.  His teachings were almost forgotten by the church for many years and have recently been rediscovered by contemporary spiritual seekers.  He passed away in 1328 AD.

 

Links:

The Eckhart Society

Meister Eckhart (1260—1328)

The Meister Eckhart Site

Meister Eckhart – Nondual Christian Mystic Sage

Meister Eckhart Quotes

 

Books:

All Books

 

 

 

*Krishna   Krishna

One of the main Gods of the Hindu religion (and considered by some to be the Supreme God), he is worshiped as a deity in many different perspectives.  Being described as a god-child, a divine hero, a prankster or the supreme being.  *The Michael Teachings tell us that he is an Infinite Soul, incarnating into the physical plane to teach love as a manifestation of all-that-is.  Like *Jesus Christ or *Buddha, he is all knowledge, able to perform miracles, healing and make a lasting impact on society and spirituality.  Hinduism is a religion that is slowly growing in western society, focused on controlling thoughts through meditation and a high state of consciousness.  It’s a popular choice for those people wanting to move away from dogmatic religious practices.

 

Links:

Krishna Website

Krishna – Hindu Deity

Hindu Gods – Krishna

 

Books:

Mahabharata (William Buck)

Bhagavad Gita (Stephen Mitchell)

Ramayana (C. Rajagopalachari)

Upanishads (Anonymous)

 

 

 

Muhammad   Muhammad

The prophet of Islam, he spread the message that there is only one God who created everything.  According to Muslims, he is the embodiment of a perfect believer and they revere his sayings and actions as a model of ideal conduct.  However, he is regarded as a mortal, unlike Jesus Christ, who is regarded as the ‘Son of God’.  His teachings are still popular today, with Islam law built around them, including the five pillars, and he is the focal point of daily worship and prayer.

 

Links:

Prophet Muhammad

The Myths of Muhammad

Muhammad Bio

 

Books:

Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet

The Quran (Multiple Authors)

All Books

 

 

 

*Lao Tzu (Laozi)   Lao Tzu

The central figure of the religion of *Taoism, he is a philosopher and a poet.  Revered as a deity in traditional Chinese culture, his teachings have lasted for over 2,500 years.  Taoism revolves around the Tao, which is the undefinable universe that can not be perceived, only observed.  His work the ‘Tao Te Ching’ is a compilation of wisdom and guidance on how to be, not how to do.  By letting the natural flow of the universe come through your existence you can effectively be non-attached to the outcome of circumstances and experience joy and peace. 

 

Links:

Lao Tzu: Father of Taoism

Laozi (Lao-Tzu, fl. 6th cn. B.C.E.)

The Great Eastern Philosophers: Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu Quotes

 

Books:

*Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell)

All Books

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