Inspirational Religious People
"Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve...Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation."- Sri Krishna Sri Krishna was a key figure in Hinduism. Revered as a Spiritual Teacher, he gave his disciple Arjuna the immortal discourse of the Bhagavad Gita.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."- Buddha - The Buddha was a young prince who gave up the comforts of palace life to seek the meaning of life meditating in the forests.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven."- Jesus Christ. Prophet and inspiration of Christianity. Taught a message of love, forgiveness and faith.
- Mother Teresa - A modern day saint who sought to identify with and offer compassion to the unloved and destitute.
- Pope John Paul II - Lived through two totalitarian regimes eventually becoming priest and then the first Polish pope.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Christian theologian who opposed Nazism
- Mahatma Gandhi - Gandhi was the principle figurehead of the Indian independence movement.
- St Therese Lisieux - A Carmelite nun, who died aged 24, unknown to the world
- William Wilberforce. After undergoing a religious conversation, became committed to improving social conditions. In particular, he fought tirelessly to end the slave trade.
- Joan of Arc - Received 'messages from God' to inspire her fellow countrymen to reunite France and overcome English occupiers.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winner. Campaigner against apartheid and supporter of human rights and justice. Helped to heal wounds left from old apartheid regime.
- Martin Luther - Martin Luther was the most influential figure in the Protestant reformation of the sixteenth century.
- Swami Vivekananda - Hindu Monk who spoke at the World Parliament of Religions in 1893 with great clarity on the unity of the world religions
- C S Lewis - Well known Christian apologist.
- St Teresa of Avila. Christian mystic, poet and writer.
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