Albert Einstein is one of history’s most famous people, German born theoretical physicist who developed amongst many others the theory of relativity. He is most loved by the public for the equation E=mc2, winner of the 1921 Nobel prize for his services to theoretical physics and the discovery of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal role in the development of quantum theory.
Albert was born in the German Empire in Ulm in 1897 but the following year the family moved to Munich where his father, an engineer and salesman, along with his uncle set up and electro manufacturing company.
Einstein showed an exceptional ability in mathematics and physics from a young age, reaching levels ahead of his peers while still at school. At the age of 12 Albert taught himself algebra and Euclidean in just one summer, that same year he also discovered on his own original proof that of the Pythagorean theory.
While in his last few years study at a prestigious science academy in Switzerland he decided to renounce his German citizenship and apply for Swiss, which he would later receive in 1901.
It was the year of 1905 that is seen as Albert Einstein’s finest year and sometimes referred to as his annus mirabilis, his miracle year. It was this year he published four groundbreaking scientific papers that would cement his name in the history books and be taught to schoolchildren ever since.
After being invited to teach in Prague, then the Austro-Hungarian Empire he would apply for Austrian citizenship in 1911. With whirl wind of a career for the next twenty years, taking professorship positions through some of Europe’s most prestigious science academies and further advancing the field of science and physics.
Einstein would find himself a refugee in 1935 during the rise of the Nazi power in Germany, where the banning of Jews to work in any high position left him in a vulnerable position and decided to seek American citizenship, which he received 5 years later.
He died in 1965 leaving behind a legacy of scientific realisation that is still being talked about today.
Born as an Albanian in Skopje, then part of the Ottoman Empire. She was baptised the very next day and considered this to be her true birthday. From a young age Teresa was fascinated by stories of missionaries and their work abroad, committing her to focus on a religious life and by the age of 18 she left home to travel to join the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ in Ireland, it was hear she learnt English and the familiarity with monastic day to day living.
Within a year she had moved to India, still staying with the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ and undertook her novice apprenticeship. She studied diligently and as well as learning the scriptures she also learnt Bengali so as to be able to teach at the local convent, now named The Mother Teresa School.
Almost two years after she arrived in India Teresa was to take her first religious vows and choose the spiritual name of Teresa after the patron saint of missionaries. She would spend almost twenty years teaching at the convent, becoming the headmistress in the process.
It wasn’t until 1948 that Mother Teresa found her “call within the call” and began her missionary work with the poor. It was also at this time she replaced the traditional Sisters of Loreto habit with her own unique style of a white cotton sari with a blue boarder. She also adopted Indian citizenship and undertook several months of basic medical training before entering the slums of Calcutta.
A year later she was joined by a small group of young women laying the foundations for her religious community dedicated to helping the poorest amongst the poor. Over the course of almost 50 years Mother Teresa tirelessly fought for the rights of those poor, she founded hundreds of clinics, schools, hospices and community projects, she helped people from all areas of the world, encouraging us all to look within our own neighbourhood to help those in need.
She was a truly inspirational lady and in recognition of her exception life dedicated to others she has been awarded amongst many other awards, the Romon Magsaysay Award for peace and international understanding in 1962, the Pope John xxiii Peace Prize In 1971 and in 1979 the Nobel Peace Prize for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.
Some of the other awards an merits bestowed upon this great lady include in 1985 the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Order Of Australia in 1982, the Order of Merit and Honourable citizenship of the United States of America and the Balkan Prize for promoting Humanity to name but just a few. Mother Teresa day is held on the 19th October and is seen as a public holiday in her country of birth.
“Peace begins with a smile”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless”
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, a smile is the beginning of love”
“Do small things with great love”
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”
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“A spiritually established life is not an easy task. But a materially satisfied life is an impossible task” Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy 1931 – 2007
An Indian spiritual teacher in the art of meditation. After moving to New York in 1964 he set up hos first meditation centre eventually having over 7,000 students from 60 countries world wide. He accredited his spiritual path to God and through meditation realised inner enlightenment. A passionate runner and weightlifter and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
“Meditation is bring the mind home” Sogyal Rinpoche
Sogyal Rinpoche 1947 – present
Is a Tibetan Dzogchen Lama from the Buddhist tradition. Born in Tibet he was recognised at an early age as the reincarnation of Terton Sogyal and started his monastic training at Dzongsar Monastery. Founder of over 100 Buddhist meditation centres in 23 countries around the world, and author of the internationally best selling “The Tibetan book of living and dying”
“For it is in giving that we receive” Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi 1182 – 1226
An Italian born catholic friar and preacher who set up and founded the men’s ‘Order of friars minor’ and the women’s ‘Order of Saint Clare’. One of the most well know figures in religious history and known as patron Saint of animals. It was also Saint Francis who was he first person to arrange a Christmas Nativity.
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati 1940 – 2012
Was a spiritual teacher and author born in Brooklyn, United States. A chance encounter with a yogic breath exercise led to a spiritual awakening. Considered by many as someone who had attained inner enlightenment, she was influenced by Jesus Christ, Hinduism and Saint Bhagawan Nityananda. Affiliated to no religion she taught only Loving kindnessand compassion. She founded the Kashi Ashram in Florida in 1976.
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up” Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle 1948 – present
Is a German Canadian spiritual teacher and author, best known for his work “the power of now”. He has been heralded as one of the most influential people living today. Born in a small town just outside of Dortmund, Germany, Tolle himself describes his childhood as depressing, until the age 29 when living and studying in London, he was to experience an inner transformation that left him with an ever lasting inner peace and tranquility.
“You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation” Cory Booker
Cory Booker 1969 – present
An American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He is serving as the junior United States senator for New Jersey. The first African-American US senator from New Jersey.
“Meditate, let the light of the heart engulf you” Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda 1955 – present
Is an Indian born spiritual teacher and currently head of the Siddha Yoga Path. She is a highly accomplished international author with 15 books to her name. She is founder of countless organisations to help people achieve lives of self reliance and dignity.
Jamaican singer songwriter and international superstar, bringing reggae to the masses. A spiritual a religious activist for the Rastafarian religion and pan-Africanist believing in the unity of all African people worldwide.
Bob was born on a farm in Nine Mile, Jamaica to his mother Cedella and his father Norval Marley. Norval was a white Jamaican origami ally from Sussex, England, and it is claimed he was a captain in the Royal Marines, this is difficult to confirm as he rarely spent time with his wife and son instead sent financial support. It was his parental grandfather and his mother that raised bob in nine miles until the age of 12 when Norval passed away of a heart attack, allowing Cedella, bob’s mum, to remarry and they moved to Trenchtown and it was hear that the legend is formed. Growing up alongside such talent as Peter Tosh, Joe Highs, Bunny Wailer, Junior Braithwaite and Beverley Kelso it is no surprise that Bob would rise to fame.
Bob Marley is without question the most successful reggae artist of all time selling hundreds of millions of albums worldwide, winning the Peace Medal of the Third World, a honour given by the United Nations, for his contribution of raising awareness of injustice in third world countries. His lyrics still resonate with love, unity and peace long after his death, making him a true legend.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882
Was an American philosopher, poet, author and lecturer. Leader of the transcendentalist movement of the 1820’s and 1830’s that swept the eastern United States. Transcendentalism is the belief in the inherent goodness of people and nature. Believing society and its institutions have corrupted the purity of the individual, and people are at their best when truly self reliant and independent.
His lectures, which were in excess of 1500, and essays all resonate these core beliefs, criticising not only the corporate institutions but also of western religion. Strongly influenced by Hinduism and the Upanishads and always profoundly spiritual his works include subjects on the individual, freedom, self reliance and the outer soul.
He was born in Massachusetts to a religious family of the Unitarian church, his father was the Rev. William Emerson, a liberal minded pastor to the first church in Boston, a forthright thinker and philosopher and eminent figure of his day. Ralph’s early career saw him as a pastor in Boston’s second church, where he married and settlers for a few years. On the death of his wife, which effected him deeply, he started to question and disagree with the church’s methods. He abandoned his position and toured Europe, meeting some of the prominent men of our time. After returning to the United States and seeing it was possible to earn a living and forged a career from lecturing he embarked on what would become a life long pursuit delivering some 1500 lectures. Emerson settled and remarried in 1835 and moved to Concord, Massachusetts. His views on religion and philosophy were often considered radical for the time but his philosophies and essays have stood as testimony of a great thinker and philosopher of our time, having influenced so many 21st century thinkers, artist and creators alike.
Amit Ray 1960 – present
Is an Indian spiritual author and meditation and yoga master. Best known for his work with Om Meditation and Vipassana meditation techniques. He’s the author of several books teaching peace, loving kindness and compassion.
Amit Ray was born and educated in Calcutta graduating from the university of Calcutta and the Indian institute of Technology with a Phd. He would go on to work in the field of neuroscience. Learning from a young age the art of meditation, from wandering monks passing the farm where he was born. He continued the practice and while working in the corporate world in London did he have his first awakening and true understanding of the true nature of reality. He moved to the Himalayas and continued to practice, sharing his wisdom. His emphasise is on mindfulness and meditation, promoting positive vibration and creating inner and outer peace.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881 – 1955
Was a French philosopher, Jesuit priest and idealist, he originally trained as a geologist and palaeontologist, taking part in the discovery of the 700,000 year old skeleton in China known as the “Peking Man”. His ideas and theories at the time were considered taboo and radical, he used the Darwinian approach to evolution developing it further with the ‘Omega Point’, getting him into serious trouble with the Vatican City, even being issued a ‘monitum’ on all his works.
Being born to a French nobility in Auvergne, his family roots could be traced back hundreds of years of French history. He was to enter a Jesuit collage at the age of twelve and studied philosophy, theology and spirituality amounts other subjects. His early career saw him teach physics in Egypt, study theology in England and working as a palaeontologist in Paris. World War One came and Pierre became a stretcher bearer. After service he would travel to China and spend a period of twenty years there carrying out geological research, venturing into Mongolia and the far reaches of china his research became the foundation into Asian human palaeontology. He would also venture into Africa, America, India and Indonesia. His life was varied and sometimes full of controversy but his future vision or the omega point where it is believed the universe is heading for a maximum level of complexity and consciousness, even after his death, was getting him into trouble, all catholic bookstores were ordered by the Vatican to remove his works and the ban and controversy have really only just began to lift after the appointment of the new pope, also a man of science.
Dalai Lama 1935 – present
The 14th Dalai Lama, born as Tenzin Gyatso is the current spiritual leader of Tibet. Tenzin was born in the small village of Taktser in Tibet, selected from a young age as being the possible reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. After careful selection and some remarkable coincidences or fate, Tenzin was chosen as the reincarnation at the age of five. He was 15 years old when he partly took over the political duties of Tibet. During the 1950’s China progressively and violently claimed Tibet as a state of the Chinese and denounced the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader and all who followed him. The uprising that came and the cultural cleansing preformed by the communist Chinese is one of recent history’s most tragic stories. China was swift and brutal, burning all cultural as religious artefacts, destroying temples and performing horrific acts upon monks and nuns, while the civilised world just watched. The Dalia Lama fled with his life along with a few number of government officials to India in 1959.
Dharamshala has now become residence to the refugees of Tibet and his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is also the capital for the central Tibetan administration (Tibet’s government in exile) from hear the Dalai Lama gives talks and meets and greets thousands upon thousands of tourists and well wishers who have travelled vast distances just to glimpse this truly enlightened man. A true loving example of peace
Amongst the Royal Family members, Lady Di, as she was affectionately known, is regarded as one of the most popular figures thought the royalist history. Her legacy and campaigns to ban land mines, the Great Ormand Street Hospital, cancer, mental illness and helping those with HIV and AIDS are still growing and thriving today.
Diana was born into the British aristocratic family of Spencer, the youngest daughter to the Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, educated in England and Switzerland she became known as Lady Diana Spencer in 1975. Diana’s engagement and marriage to Prince Charles, eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the throne of England, was to put Diana truly in the lime light, loved and adored by millions on every official overseas and home engagement. It wasn’t just a shock to a nation, on the announcement of her death, but the who world mourned the loss of the people’s Princess. Her death is still surrounded in conspiracy and mystery.
Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865
American lawyer and politician serving as the 16th president of the United States of America. A remarkable man who led his country through civil war described as the bloodiest war America has ever known, he abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and considered by many to be the forefather of the modern economy with methods first introduced during his presidency.
Lincoln had grown up in a poor family upbringing in Kentucky, largely self educated he was an avid reader and having a life long interest in learning, compelling Lincoln to his destiny. Lincoln married Miss Marry Todd in 1842 the daughter a wealthy slave holding family, they were to have four children of which only one survived to adulthood. This is said to have had a profound effect of both Lincoln and his wife for the rest of there lives. Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865 a few days after successfully reuniting two opposing forces at war with remarkable policy’s of reconciliation. A highly revered man in not only presidential history but of the history of the United States of America itself.
Confucius 551 – 479BC
A teacher, politician, philosopher and founder of the Confucianism movement. Confucius is considered by many to be one of the most important and influential people to of shaped human history. A high honour indeed. Confucius’s beliefs of moral conduct have been emphasised and repeated in many religions and philosophies of today. His teachings on morality emphasising self cultivation, ethics, sincerity, a cultivation of knowledge, virtuous acts towards other beings and the etiquette of daily behaviour. Complex and sometimes considered outrage of his time, Confucius had a persuasive calm that attracted many followers eventually setting up hundreds of schools teaching the very principals Confucius modelled himself on.
After banishment from a political career, Confucius spent years wandering the Chinese countryside teaching all those who would hear. Finally returning home at the age of 68 where he practiced and taught his methods until his last days.
Most famously known or ethical principal is “Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself” often wrongly accredited to other religions.
Lucille Ball 1911 – 1989
An American actress, model, comedian and the first female to run and produce a major television studio ‘Desilu productions’ producing many popular and classic shows including Star Trek and Mission Impossible both now major film franchises.
She starred in self produced sitcoms such as ‘I love Lucy’ and ‘The Lucy show’. Born in New York where her father died when Lucille was just three years old and her mother heavily pregnant with there second child. She was raised by her grandparents at the summer resort village of Celoron on lake Chautauqua. Her mother remarried four years later and it was her new husbands parents who cared for her, a Swedish couple later referred to as odd by Lucille herself. It was however her stepfather, Edward Peterson who’s passion for performance and the theatre that got Lucille her first role at just 12 years old, cementing a appetite for fame and recognition.
Margret Laurence 1926 – 1987
A Canadian novelist and short story writer considered by many as a leading role in Canadian literature. Laurence began writing short stories from as early as her teens, her first published work “The land of our Father” was printed in the Winnipeg free press. Her most loved and revered works include ‘The stone angle’ ‘The Diviners’ and ‘A Jest of God’
Margret Laurence is also recognised as the founder of the writers trust of Canada, a non profit organisation encouraging and nurturing Canada’s literacy talent. She was diagnosed with lung cancer at a very late stage that spread quickly throughout her body, with no help other than palliative care she decided to relieve her family of the burden and suffering and committed suicide on January 5th 1987, documenting the course of her actions right to the death.