75 People Who Changed the World by Ira Rifkin

By Ira Rifkin

75 those that replaced the realm is a superb, provocative number of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up spiritual suggestion and perform within the 20th century. the quick profiles make fascinating examining – and, frequently, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this a fair extra necessary source. it truly is an admiring and instructive survey of influential non secular practitioners and pioneers. a party of the human spirit, excellent for either seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, seventy five those that replaced the area is an authoritative consultant to the main inventive non secular principles and activities of the previous century – a problem for us this day.

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Later I learned that the father was not Orthodox. He was Protestant and had married into the Orthodox embrace. But his religious identity did not prevent him from reaching out for divine help in whatever form it presented itself. The patriarch eventually showed up, and after concluding the doxology, or noneucharistic prayer service, he moved toward the youth. Bartholomew—believed by the Orthodox to be the 270th successor in an unbroken line to the apostle Andrew, and looking every bit the part with his gold crown, long white beard, and red-and-white outer vestments—placed his hands upon the young man’s head and briefly stroked it, as the father wept even more.

BHAKTIVEDANTA PRABUPHADA (1896–1977) • • • • • • • As founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness—ISKCON, commonly called the Hare Krishnas—Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabuphada brought to the West a unique interpretation of Hindu worship by creatively tapping into the 1960s spiritual zeitgeist. With a simple mantra oft repeated, he and his disciples made an indelible image on the culture of the period. After earning a degree in chemistry and starting a pharmacy business, in 1922 Prabuphada met a spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, who changed his life by urging him to spread Vaishnava Hinduism, a devotional practice centered on incarnations of the god Vishnu, especially Krishna, throughout the Western world.

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