I am not the type to follow a teacher, but many people like them, so I thought I would add links to the “best ones” – though you can’t review a person like you can for an idea – I only met 4 of these guys, and only spoke to one for more than 2 minutes ! (please let me know if I missed out anyone really good or if I’ve included a rogue). I've included links to main websites or Wikipedia, and occasionally quotes or a short article. I have put them all in one very long page - I may change this !
First, there is a crop of new young teachers …….
(the websites are better nowadays !)
- Nassim Haramein http://resonance.is/ born in Geneva – he specializes in energies and patterns
- Prince Ea http://princeea.com/ is a (black) American rapper / poet
- Bentinho Massaro http://www.bentinhomassaro.com/about/ born in Holland, free-diver, etc.
- Tigmonk http://tigmonk.com/ is a wellness guide
There are also some wonderful videos of superkids – I hope to add a page of these soon
Then, from “my generation”
- Mind, Thought and Energy from Tarab Tulku
- Sri Aurobindo - self delight, experience, etc.
- Text Analysis ideas (you may not agree, but I think this is a great teaching !)
- Mind and Karma, By Mark Kruger
I have added some ideas from these four teachers on another page. I like the following too:-
- Marko Pogacnik leads earth healing work – I value his efforts greatly
- Arnold Mindell created Process Oriented Psychology – he has developed some great steps forward
- Gangaji https://www.gangaji.org/ is a (female) teacher with a background in Eastern teachings
- Richard Bandler and John Grinder created NLP (wikipedia page)
- I liked the early “cockney barrow boy” books of Stuart Wilde
I give some examples of their work in the psychological techniques section
I like to know the astrological weather ! Sometimes it helps me make more sense of the day
- Power Path http://thepowerpath.com/the-power-path/ is very sensible and well thought out monthly tinput, plus readings for the full and new moons
- Star Weather Whale http://starweatherwhale.com is quite good at it, but a bit excitable
- sometimes I look at Isha Lerner's site http://www.ishalerner.com/cosmic-calendar-the-latest which is good
- the Damanhur oracle go to http://www.damanhurblog.com gives a synchronic horoscope for the week
- And of course there was the peerless Psychic Bob on the Daily Mash site, for example
Pisces (20 FEB-20 MAR)
This Friday will see your third visit to the gym this week. Hopefully your shower will be fixed soon so you can stop going.
Great Indian teachers in the 20th Century
- Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_yoga
- The yoga of Sri Chinmoy http://www.srichinmoy.org/ - cultural activism
- OSHO / Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajneesh_movement
- The bhakti yoga of Sai Baba https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba
- Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (mantra yoga) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi
- Kriya Yoga of Paramahansa Yogananda, http://www.yogananda-srf.org/paramahansa_yogananda.aspx#.V64I745bX7E (self realization)
- Agni Yoga (which I write about elsewhere) http://www.agniyoga.org/
From the 1950’s
There were a number of great writers in the 1950's and early 60's. Their books seem to be the primary sources for our time – they may have been re-worked, but little new has been added !
There are now online archives and tribute sites for their work:-
- Dane Rudhyar - a famous astrologer, very influential with his books “The Planetarisation of Consciousness” and “Culture, Crisis and Creativity”
- Alan Watts has two tribute sites - there is www.alanwatts.org and www.alanwatts.net
- Abraham Maslow who created the “hierarchy of needs” http://www.maslow.com/
- There is an online archive of Sir George Trevelyan who provided much of the early impetus for the spiritual revival of the New Age
Figures from the early 20th Century
- Gurdjieff. Entertainingly, there seems to be the following - http://www.gurdjieff.com/ http://www.gurdjieff.org/ http://www.gurdjieff.org.uk/ and http://ggurdjieff.com/ and none of them seem to link to each other. His books “All and Everything” and “Meetings with Remarkable Men” are very interesting (and also the film of “Meetings ……”
- Rudolf Steiner wrote in German, and I am not sure if he has been well translated, however the Steiner schools of all types, and the Bio-Dynamic agriculture methods have given some outstanding results http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/
- Krishnamurti was very influential earlier in the 20th Century http://www.krishnamurticentre.org.uk/teachings/
The Main World Religions
The main world religions have many divisions, and it is difficult to mention one group without causing offense to others. Also, none of the religions has a sacred text with a translation into English which is agreed by all parties. So, I will mention some of the leading personalities, even though this is perhaps misleading.
- Pope Francis is both re-forming the Catholic Church and taking a major political role https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis
- Thomas Merton was a Trappist mystic, who lived in silence for most of this life https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton
- Desmond Tutu played a major role in the emergence of South Africa from the apartheid years https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu, and
- Nelson Mandela was a man of the greatest simplicity and integrity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela
There are many other varieties of Christianity
- the Dalai Lama is the leading Tibetan Buddhist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnemese monk who founded http://plumvillage.org/
There are many other varieties of Buddhism
There are many other varieties of Islam, and many other teachers