Watkins Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly magazine from London’s oldest esoteric bookstore, Watkins Books, perhaps best known for it’s annual Spiritual 100 list, generally considered the Nobel shortlist of spirituality.
Based on a selection of more than 600 candidates, the world’s most influential and charismatic spiritual celebrities are selected for Watkin’s prestigious Top 100-list, highlighting the most proactive individuals – ranging from political and religious leaders to writers, filmmakers and artists.
There are several factors that are taken into account every year when compiling the list. The main three criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive as of January 1st, 2014
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale
3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet. (By taking into account the amount of times that a person is googled or how many times their Wikipedia profile is viewed, the list gains a highly democratic parameter. In a sense, being googled is a form of digital voting, and illustrates just how often someone is being sought out).
Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of contemporary spiritual teachers.
And this year’s winners are …
Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho is generally acknowledged as one of the most inventive and entrepreneurial spiritual teachers active today. His profound and uniquely profitable approach to spirituality have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfilment in their lives. At the core of his teachings lies realization of the oneness of Spirit and Market, a collective ascension to 4th tier consciousness which thousands of leading researchers and scientists believe is the next step in Kosmic evolution. Tutteji is a vocal activist for the free market and has made an incredible contribution to global spirituality through the Chant for Wall Street Initiative. His many books are available at http://www.tuttejiorg.wordpress.com
Born Lhamo Dondrub, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Tibetan Buddhists believe him to be a reincarnation of his predecessors and the Buddha of compassion. He is a vocal activist for Tibetan independence and has made an incredible contribution to global spirituality. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2012 and donated most of the prize money to the Save the Children fund in India. On the first day of his tour of India in January 2014, His Holiness visited Bishop Cotton School in Bangalore to address the opening session of the 92nd Annual Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools in India’s Conference. The talk “Preparing Globally Responsible Citizens” is available to watch on his website and YouTube. His latest book The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights is now available in paperback. www.dalailama.com
3 Eckhart Tolle
Born in Lünen, Germany / 6 February 1948 (Aquarius/Rat) / Modern teacher and writer
Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfilment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. His books, The Power of Now and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth are two of the best-selling Mind, Body, Spirit books in the world. A film of his children’s book Milton’s Secret, written with Robert Friedman (publisher of Conversations with God) is now in pre-production with Peter Fonda confirmed to play ‘Grandpa Howard’. The producers and director Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come, The Celestine Prophecy) are hoping to keep the film true to the book by raising the finance through a co-creation campaign. To find out more about the film, the campaign and how to support it, go to miltonssecretmovie.com. www.eckharttolle.com
4 Thich Nhat Hanh
Born in Thua Thien, Vietnam / 11 October 1926 (Libra/Tiger) / Spiritual Leader
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and peace activist. During the war in Vietnam, he worked tirelessly for reconciliation between North and South Vietnam and his courageous efforts moved Martin Luther King to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Order of Interbeing and the Unified Buddhist Church, along with monasteries and spiritual centres in Vietnam, the USA and France. He lives in Plum Village, his meditation centre in France, and travels widely, leading retreats on the art of mindful living. His latest book The Art of Communicating was published last August. www.plumvillage.org