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List of Famous Gurus

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List of famous gurus, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top gurus in the world? This includes the most prominent gurus, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable gurus is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic gurus were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned gurus.

This list contains people like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Ross Jeffries.

From reputable, prominent, and well known gurus to the lesser known gurus of today, these are some of the best professionals in the guru field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous gurus ever?" and "What are the names of famous gurus?" then you're in the right place. (10 items)
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    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was born Mahesh Prasad Varma and obtained the honorific Maharishi and Yogi as an adult. He developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1918-2008)
    • Birthplace: Jabalpur, India
    • Profession: Guru, Spiritual leader
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    Guru Arjan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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    Guru Arjan was the first martyr of Sikh faith and the fifth of the eleven Sikh Gurus, who compiled writings to create the eleventh, the living Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in Goindval, Punjab the youngest son of Guru Ram Das and Bibi Bhani, the daughter of Guru Amar Das. He was the first Sikh ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1563-1606)
    • Birthplace: Goindval, India
    • Profession: Guru, Publisher, Composer, Writer
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    Bikram Choudhury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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    Bikram Choudhury is an Indian yoga teacher and the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures done in a hot environment. more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    • Profession: Guru, Teacher
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    Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

    Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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    Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the current spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path. She is formally known as Swami Chidvilasananda or more informally as Gurumayi. The Siddha Yoga lineage was established by Bhagawan Nityananda, whose disciple and successor, Muktananda was Gurumayi's guru. more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Guru
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    Arisen Ahubudu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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    Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu was a writer, orator, scholar, playwright, teacher, Sinhala lyricist, author and poet in Sri Lanka, born in Mudiyallagahawatta in Malalaga, Koggala. He is a member of the Hela Havula. He has received three government awards for literary works, the title of Kalasuri from the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1920-2011)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Guru
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    Atmananda Krishna Menon

    Śrĩ Atmananda, also referred as Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, was an Indian sage, guru, and philosopher. He has been described by scholars as a "neo-Hindu". more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1883-1959)
    • Birthplace: Peringara, India
    • Profession: Guru
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    Ross Jeffries

    Ross Jeffries is an American author, writer and television personality featured on such programs as The Dr. Phil Show, The Montel Williams Show, The Jane Whitney Show and The Daily Show, and a self-described speed seduction expert. Jeffries was profiled on Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. Ross Jeffries ...more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Guru, Writer
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    Guru Tegh Bahadur

    Guru Tegh Bahadur, also known as Hind-di-Chaadar became the 9th Guru of Sikhs on 16 April 1664, a position earlier occupied by his grand-nephew, Guru Har Krishan. Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi. more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1621-1675)
    • Birthplace: Amritsar, India
    • Profession: Guru
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