8 Influential Gurus Who Changed Everyone’s Lives

The Dalai Lama is one of the best spiritual gurus

Who are the best spiritual gurus in the world? Whether you’re a fan of the Dalai Lama or Deepak Chopra, there are 8 spiritual gurus who are simply amazing.


There is no denying the importance of spiritual in life. Spiritualism makes you healthier and happier. And the best spiritual gurus can have a lasting positive effect on your life.

I love spiritual books. Whether it’s a classic like the Bhagavad Gita or The Bible, or a modern classic like Deepak Chopra’s Book Of Secrets or Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace In Every Step, spiritual books delight me.

But as good as spiritual books are, they pale in comparison to seeing the author / guru in person.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see and meet many of the world’s best spiritual gurus.

Of them all, the following are the top ten best spiritual gurus that you simply must seen in person.

The top 8 best spiritual gurus list

8: Paolo Coelho

bestselling author Paolo Coehlo is an inspiration and one of the best spiritual gurus in the world.


Paolo Coelho’s books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. The Alchemist is one of the most popular books of all time. Coelho is a master. And as good as he is in print, he is equally as breathtaking in person.

There’s a gravity about Paolo Coelho. When I saw him speak at a conference a couple of years back, I struck by his sincerity and depth of character. He’s the sort of person you will never, ever forget.

Paulo Coelho: A Warrior's Life (on Spirituality)

7: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the created of the Art of Living foundation, and one of the most inspiring religious and spiritual figures.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the mastermind behind The Art Of Living Foundation, and the leader of NONVIO, a movement which asks individuals to pledge one act of non-violence through any of the various social media outlets.  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has inspired and influenced millions of people the world over.

You can tell by the speech below that Sri Sei Ravi Shankar is a truly compassionate, enlightened human being. The saying “Touched by an angel” is applicable here.

Spirituality and Money: A talk given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Tel Aviv, Israel

6: Joel Olsteen

[EDIT: Actually forget this guy. Since he decided to a) turn his back on people in Texas and then b) demand donations from those who lost their homes]

A Night of Hope – Joel Osteen and wife, Victoria Osteen, at Yankee Stadium in 2009

Joel Olsteen is a man who is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States, in Houston, Texas.

He’s also one of the most captivating speakers on the planet. The sheer amount of knowledge that Olsteen possesses is staggering. He seems to know near every line of the bible by heart. When you watch Olsteen speak you feel as though you’ve stepped into a different world, a world where religion and spirituality truly come to life.

Joel Osteen Powerful Motivational Speech For Success In Life

5: Dr Wayne Dyer

Dr Wayne Dyer has sold millions of books worldwide and has become one of the most popular spiritual leaders in the world.

The author of many of the world’s bestselling self help books, Dr Wayne Dyer is truly unique. He doesn’t feel the need to be elaborate or over the top. His presence is calm and therapeutic. When I listened to Dyer speaking I felt a deep state of serenity. He captivated me and left me changed. A true personal inspiration.

Dyer interweaves poetry with scripture to create truly divine speeches that leave a deep impression.

Dr. Wayne Dyer – Fragments From The Tao – Beautiful Speech

4: Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best authors of Zen books and an inspiring spiritual guru.

One of the eminent leaders of Zen Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of many bestselling books, including the classic Peace In Every Step.

Many of the other speakers on this list try to keep uptempo and positive. Thich Nhat Hanh doesn’t mind delving into deeper matters and discussing dark but important truths.

For me, Thich Nhat Hanh left me with a feeling of the immense depth of the world. I felt as though I journeyed through the depths of the ocean, and came out with a pearl.

Body and Mind Are One – Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


3: Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now is one of the most inspiring spiritual books ever.

Eckhart Tolle is the single most peaceful person on the face of the Earth, in my opinion. This man is like a feather gently blowing in the wind. He’s the type of guy that could captivate you by reading the phone book.

I challenge you to listen to Eckhart Tolle speak and to not fall into a state of mesmerised tranquillity. Utterly divine.

Eckhart Tolle referring to Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, Brahman, Spiritual Awakening

2: The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has inspired millions around the world. The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist leader and a spiritual guru.

The Dalai Lama is one of the most interesting and entertaining characters in the world. He is a big kid. And he is also an old sage. He’s playful but wise, the best of both worlds. And when you hear him speak you will never forget it.

The Dalai Lama will make you laugh even as he expands your mind. One of the most iconic individuals in the world, you simply have to hear the Dalai Lama speak in person.

Dalai Lamas Public Talk 6: His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Speech


1: Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra arrives for the first ever concert by Paul McCartney at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Deepak Chopra somehow gets away with being a pretty regular guy even though he is absolutely phenomenal. What makes Deepak Chopra number one on this list is his ability to talk about the divine and the metaphysical in a down to Earth way.

You really don’t have to know anything about spirituality in order to get Deepak Chopra. He’s accessible. But at the same time he’s also breathtaking.

Deepak Chopra truly welcomes you to the divine. When you listen to him, you feel as though you’re having a casual conversation even though you’re talking about cosmic consciousness.

Deepak Chopra has inspired me and influenced me perhaps more than any other contemporary spiritual teacher. A truly divine human being, you simply must see Deepak Chopra in person.

Self Directed Biological Transformation (SDBT) featuring Deepak Chopra



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