Spiritual Teachers – Contemporary (M-Z)

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.

 

 

 

*Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj   Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

A popular Indian spiritual teacher, sage, and philosopher, he is a master of self-realization and that of timeless being.  His message did not encompass any religion, but focused on the eternal self and the oneness with everything, stripping away the illusions of separation and false identities.  The purpose of spirituality is to know who you are and to realize what you are not.  His book ‘I Am That’ is a collection of dialogue between himself and spiritual seekers, and though difficult to read and truly comprehend, is one of the most important and enlightening texts around that define true spirituality. He passed away in 1981.

 

Links:

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Main Website

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Blog

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – Realize Who You Are

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Life & Teachings of Bombay’s Fiery Sage of Liberating Wisdom

 

Books:

*I Am That

All Books

 

 

 

Sri Ramana Maharshi   Ramana Maharshi

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/Meditation)

One the most famous sages of the 20th century in both India as well as the rest of the world, he is renowned for his saintly life and powerful wisdom that he shared with his followers.  His teachings are brought on by the power of presence, often done in silence, focusing attention on the inner self as a way of bringing on awareness and the diminishing of thoughts.  His message is that we are all nothing more than consciousness, experiencing whatever reality we choose to put forward.  He passed away in 1950.

 

Links:

Sri Ramana Maharshi Main Website

Sri Ramana Maharshi Bio

The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi – Abide as the Self (Video)

 

Books:

Who Am I?: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass)

The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

All Books

 

 

 

Lahiri Mahasaya   Lahiri Mahasaya

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/Meditation)

A Hindu guru who start any organization, institution, sect or cult and did not seek to influence anybody.  He studied under his guru Mahavatar Babaji, whom he recognized instantly as a kindred soul whom he shared many past lives together.  He is best known for initiating the lost practice of Kriya Yoga, which is an advanced meditation technique leading to the realization of God and liberation of the soul.  His teachings are best captured by *Paramahansa Yogananda in his book *Autobiography of a Yogi, where he chronicles his parent’s discipleship of Lahiri’s teachings.  He passed away in 1895.

 

Links:

Kriya Yoga Lahiri

Lahiri Mahasaya Bio

Lahiri Mahasaya Quotes

 

Books:

The Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasaya

 

 

 

JD Messinger   JD Messinger

A spiritual teacher, corporate visionary, mentor and personal development coach.  After a nearly fatal accident, he retired from the corporate world to focus on promoting human potential.  He used automatic writing to put together his book ’11 Days in May’ which put together many subjects like psychology, physics, theology, metaphysics and philosophy to reveal that we don’t have a soul, we are a soul.  Realizing this gives us the unlimited potential to fulfill your purpose.  He has created and produced television and radio shows and holds leadership seminars across the country.

 

Links:

JD Messinger Main Website

JD Messinger – YouTube

JD Messinger Audio Archive

 

Books:

11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life

All Books

 

 

 

Mooji   Mooji

An Advaita Zen master and spiritual teacher, he is a popular advocate for truth-seeking.  Taught by his guru H.W.L Poonja (Papaji) he openly welcomes anyone who comes to find their true self through methods of self-inquiry.  He travels the world, sharing Satsang, or coming together to share the truth, in the form of retreats or spontaneous encounters.  His message is that we surrender to the will of the divine, embracing non-duality, as the concept of ‘I’ is only an illusion.

 

Links:

Mooji Main Website

Mooji Foundation

Mooji Sangha

Mooji – YouTube

 

Books:

White Fire: Spiritual Insights & Teachings of Advaita Zen Master Mooji

Before I Am, Second Edition

All Books

 

 

 

Caroline Myss   Caroline Myss

(Also found under Spiritual Healing)

A popular contemporary spiritual teacher and intuitive, she is an expert in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality, health and energy medicine as a way of healing.  She developed the field of ‘Energy Anatomy‘ which is a science that correlates specific emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual stress patterns with diseases.  She focuses on attaining an independent state of empowered health instead of reliance on the power of illness.  She also helps people connect to each other through their personal archetypes and universal patterns.  She has appeared on many popular radio and TV shows and also hosts her own weekly show on Hay House Radio.

 

Links:

Caroline Myss Main Website

Caroline Myss Bio

Caroline Myss Quotes

Caroline Myss – Why People Don’t Heal (YouTube)

 

Books:

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power & Healing

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential

Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can

Archetypes: Who Are You?

All Books

 

 

 

Aingeal Rose O’Grady   Aingeal Rose

(Also found under Hypnotherapy/Regression Therapy)

A spiritual teacher and researcher who does private Akashic Record readings for her clients.  She is also a Master Reiki healer, hypnotherapist, and tarot reader.  Her specialization is in reading the Akashic Records for people who want to know their life’s purpose.  These records are the energy imprint of everything that ever happens in the universe, including all future possibilities.  This helps people determine the best path for spiritual development.  She holds Group Akashic sessions, travels the world as a speaker and a minister and also holds online sessions.

 

Links:

Aingeal Rose O’Grady Main Website

World of Empowerment

The Akashic Records & Self-Empowerment with Aingeal Rose O’Grady

Aingeal Rose O’Grady Audio Archive

 

Books:

A Time of Change (Honest to God Book 1)

The Nature of Reality: Akashic Guidance for Understanding Life & Its Purpose (Honest to God) (Volume 2)

All Books

 

 

 

*Osho (Rajneesh)   Osho

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/Meditation)

A spiritual teacher and philosopher, he was a world traveler and public speaker.  He was a professor of inner transformation and self-directed spirituality.  His meditation techniques originated from eastern *Buddhist practices in India.  Critical of religion, politics and other social issues, he was considered controversial in his day.  One of the most popular mystics and spiritual gurus of the 20th Century, his teachings are loved by millions.  He passed away in 1990.

 

Links:

Osho Main Website

Osho World – A Vision of an Enlightened Master

Osho International – YouTube

 

Books:

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

All Books

 

 

 

H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji)   HWL Poonja

A renowned Indian sage, he was revered by millions of followers as a spiritual teacher.  A disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, he offered his disciples the highest and simplest truth that we are all pure love and consciousness, the totality of existence.  His teachings help us bring awareness to the infinity of the moment and the wisdom of our truth.  His message is that we should all be simple and free, something that he always personifies during his existence in physical form.  He passed away in 1997.

 

Links:

H.W.L. Poonja Main Website

Papaji Satsang

H.W.L. Poonja Interview

H.W.L. Poonja – YouTube

 

Books:

The Truth Is

All Books

 

 

 

Don Miguel Ruiz   Don Miguel Ruiz

(Also found under Spiritual Healing)

A spiritual teacher who has carried the wisdom of esoteric Toltec knowledge passed down through his family.  He studied to be a surgeon but after a Near-Death Experience during a car accident, he devoted himself to the teachings of a shaman, learning his powerful healing techniques.  He is best known for his work ‘The Four Agreements’ which combines this ancient wisdom with modern insights, giving us direction on personal transformation based on common sense.  He has appeared on popular TV and radio shows and has written many books, including those with his son Don Jose Ruiz.

 

Links:

Don Miguel Ruiz Main Website

Living the Four Agreements: A Life Changing Journey

Don Miguel Ruiz Bio

Don Miguel Ruiz Quotes

 

Books:

*The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

*The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

All Books

 

 

 

Dr. Helen Schucman   Helen Schucman

(Also found under Knowledge Channeling)

A clinical and research psychologist who is credited with scribing the widely popular work A Course in Miracles.  With the help her colleague Dr. William Thetford she channeled wisdom from her inner being, and voiced the knowledge between them, with the entire process taking 7 years.  The Course is a complete self-study spiritual thought system, focusing on healing relationships through forgiveness in order to obtain love and peace within.  It’s not a religion, but a universal spiritual teaching, with thousands of versions of the curriculum available.  She passed away in 1981.

 

Links:

Dr. Helen Schucman – A Course in Miracles

Miracle Studies

 

Books:

A Course in Miracles

All Books

 

 

 

Anam Thubten   Anam Thubten

A Tibetan Buddhist who teaches the wisdom of awareness and the letting go of the illusion of the self.  He was taught from a wide range of enlightened masters and gurus and is the founder of the Dharmata Foundation, a spiritual community focused on the essential teachings of *Buddhism.  His students are dedicated to discovering inner freedom and peace through meditation, retreats, and gatherings.  His teachings are open to anyone and do not have any attachment to a specific outcome, only to discover your own inner truth through your personal spiritual journey.

 

Links:

Dharmata Foundation – Anam Thubten Main Website

Anam Thubten’s Dharma Talks

Anam Thubten – Tibetan Buddhism Meditations

 

Books:

No Self No Problem: Awakening to Our True Nature

All Books

 

 

 

*Eckhart Tolle   Eckhart Tolle

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/Meditation)

One of the most popular contemporary spiritual teachers in the world, his teachings are centered around finding peace, living in the moment and releasing the ego.  The basis for happiness lies in the ‘now‘ and not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.  He is the author of many books on how to raise your level of consciousness and to simply just be.  Highly influential to millions of people, he regularly gives lectures and seminars as well as appearing on many popular radio and TV shows.

 

Links:

Eckhart Tolle Main Website

Eckhart Tolle TV

Eckhart Tolle – YouTube

 

Books:

*The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

*A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

*Stillness Speaks

All Books

 

 

 

*Neale Donald Walsch   Neale Donald Walsch

(Also found under Conscious EvolutionET Research – Contemporary)

One of the most popular contemporary spiritual teachers, he is a spiritual messenger who has impacted millions.  His wisdom comes from his automatic writings, which are conversations with his higher self.  His most popular work, ‘Conversations with God’, clarifies the meaning of true spirituality, taking long-standing religious beliefs and dogmas and turning them on their heads.  The message is that we are all God, experiencing life as one conscious entity and evolving through our physical incarnations.  He has written dozens of books and founded many outreach projects across the globe, shifting spiritual paradigms.  He has traveled the world as well as appeared on many radio and TV shows.

 

Links:

Neale Donald Walsch Main Website

The Conversations with God Foundation

Humanity’s Team

Neale Donald Walsch Bio

Neale Donald Walsch – Your Life is Not About You

Neale Donald Walsch Quotes

Neale Donald Walsch – Conversations with Neale Donald Walsch About God & Other Things (Video)

Neale Donald Walsch Audio Archive

 

Books:

*The Complete Conversations with God

*The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

*Happier Than God: Turn Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience

*Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge

*Home With God: In a Life That Never Ends

All Books

 

 

 

*Alan Watts   Alan Watts

A philosopher, writer, and speaker he is one the most popular contemporary spiritual teachers of the 20th Century.  His teachings are influenced by eastern philosophies like *Buddhism and *Taoism, and he is largely responsible for bringing these teachings to western culture during his time and fusing them together.  He was also a teacher of the nature of consciousness and of a Zen way of being.  He passed away in 1973.

 

Links:

The Life & Works of Alan Watts

About Alan Watts

Information & Discussion on the Late Philosopher Alan Watts

Alan Watts Lectures – YouTube

 

Books:

The Way of Zen

All Books

 

 

 

Stuart Wilde   Stuart Wilde

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/MeditationPsychics/Mediums)

A popular metaphysical teacher who influenced many new age followers, with many considering him one of the greatest teachers of his kind.  His work revolves around the spiritual life force and the nature of spirit worlds, which have later been verified by many others.  He also demonstrates how to use intuition and energy from etheric sources to release the ego and limitations and create whatever life you desire.  Using his intuition and psychic abilities, he has had many futuristic visions that have come to pass and has written over a dozen books.  He passed away in 2013.

 

Links:

Stuart Wilde Main Website

In Tribute to Stuart Wilde

Stuart Wilde Audio Archive

 

Books:

Infinite Self

Silent Power

Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle

The Quickening

All Books

 

 

 

Marianne Williamson   Marianne Williamson

(Also found under Visualization/Intention/Law of Attraction)

A spiritual teacher who is best known for sharing her reflections on ‘A Course in Miracles‘ and its applications.  Her teachings are about love and accepting that we are all part of the universal God, not necessarily the one tethered to traditional Christianity.  What we think is key to creating our reality, with the universe responding to whatever energy you choose to manifest.  Her followers live by her popular anthem ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’  She has appeared on many popular TV and radio shows and is the founder of several philanthropic organizations.  

 

Links:

Marianne Williamson Main Website

Marianne Williamson – Our Deepest Fear

Marianne Williamson Quotes

 

Books:

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ‘A Course in Miracles’

A Year of Miracles: Daily Devotions & Reflections

All Books

 

 

 

*Paramahansa Yogananda   Paramahansa Yogananda

(Also found under Mindfulness/Presence/Intuition/Meditation)

The first yoga master from India to permanently live and teach in the western world, he is a popular spiritual master and guru.  Taking the wisdom from his guru Sri Yukteswar Giri who studied under the Indian master Lahiri Mahasaya, he wrote his popular work ‘*Autobiography of a Yogi‘, where he shares his experiences and teachings with his guru.  He brought the Kriya Yoga path of meditation to the west along with his transformative teachings on self-realization, which is the knowing through intuitive spiritual experience and not by religious belief systems.  His teachings have evolved into the international Ananda movement, which continues to influence many people.  He passed away in 1952.

 

Links:

Paramahansa Yogananda Main Website

Paramahansa Yogananda – Self-Realization Fellowship

Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Paramahansa Yogananda – Life is a Dream

Paramahansa Yogananda – Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

 

Books:

*Autobiography of a Yogi

How to Be Happy All the Time

Karma & Reincarnation: The Wisdom of Yogananda

All Books

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