There have lived many great human beings who have arrived at life wisdom through experience. Some of them are still known to us and their teachings are preserved in the many cultures and religions as well as the legends that are retained. Many have written their messages to convey to us the essence of the truths they have extracted and through this medium, many of us have benefited by studying their books.
They are the earth graduates, who have become more than human or greater human beings. They are the wise ones who have found the answers to our common questions about ourselves, about life, the universe and about the Supreme Consciousness we call God.
Although there are many scholars with an ability to understand several languages and therefore are freer to explore, most of us are generally limited to the writings of our native culture. Here we will always find enough to inspire us and to motivate us toward our ultimate responsibility –to put the spiritual principles into practice in daily life and into our personal self culture towards human excellence.
From the better known teachers and the written works with which we become familiar, we learn to select specific words and encouragement. Sometimes the little sayings or songs of childhood remain in our consciousness as a ready reference at all times when we seek to elevate our mood or remind us of a principle that works. It is generally the simplest teachings that appeal to our hearts and minds even though we may choose to study the complexities.
The inherent spiritual wisdom of the east is well acknowledged and in contrast with the intensive development of western culture towards material ends, it is the spiritual wisdom of the orient that has inspired us to understand a new dimension and purpose to human existence. The term ‘Yoga’ was initially perceived by westerners as a most revered system of discipline towards spiritual realization and it is hoped that in spite of the over-popularizing of Hatha Yoga, it will always be respected for its spiritual aim.
We make our own reference list regarding wisdom but the few given here present a few of those who have offered universal spiritual encouragement to us all.
Apollonius of Tyana
Manly Palmer Hall