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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.

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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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 and as non-religious. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became a disciple and assistant of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath in the Indian Himalayas. The Maharishi credits Brahmananda Saraswati with inspiring his teachings. In 1955, the Maharishi began to introduce his Transcendental Deep Meditation to India and the world. His first global tour began in 1958. His devotees ...more on Wikipedia

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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 Guru put on trial and executed by the Mughal Empire. Guru Arjan lived as the Guru of Sikhism for a quarter of a century. Guru Arjan completed the construction of Amritsar and founded other cities, such as Taran Taran and Kartarpur. The greatest contribution he made to the Sikh faith was to compile all of the past Gurus' writings, along with selected writings of other saints from different ...more on Wikipedia

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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 on Wikipedia

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Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Gurus
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Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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 on Wikipedia