We live in a somewhat deserted time, where great spiritual leaders have been disappearing. There were times when particularly evolved people were a reference to find lights that hinted the way. His presence and his word had great relevance. They were listened to and partly admired.
Today several of those spiritual leaders have been replaced by figures of the show. Many people take as a model or as a point of reference a footballer or a character from television or social networks. The “influencers” set guidelines and trends and there are many who follow them. The content does not matter so much, it has gone to the background, the important thing is the form, the dressing.
“ If a problem can be fixed, if something can be done about a situation, then there is no need to worry. If it is not correctable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit to worrying . “
Despite all this, there are some figures , almost all of religious origin, who continue to maintain the power to influence the consciences of many. It is not just their endowment that makes them spiritual leaders. They also provide a lucid view of the contemporary world. They have the admiration and respect even of those who do not share their beliefs. These are three of them.
1. The Dalai Lama, a transcendent spiritual leader
The Dalai Lama became the symbol of the peaceful resistance of the Tibetans. For his people, this man is the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and thus the spiritual leader of his community. He has lived in exile for most of his life, since 1950 when China occupied Tibet.
As a refugee, he proposed a policy that he called the “middle way.” Its central message is non- violence and reconciliation. He claims independence for his people and is willing to go to the extreme to achieve it, but always proposing dialogue as a means.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. His great achievement is keeping the issue of Tibetan independence alive. And, of course, that of having been consistent with his speech, even in the most critical moments of the conflict with his people.
2. Pope Francis
Mario Bergolio is the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. However, unlike many of his predecessors, from the first day of his “reign” he has maintained a critical attitude towards his own church. In fact, he chose the name “Francisco” to honor Saint Francis of Assisi and, in his name, poverty.
Francis has rejected several of the privileges that corresponded to him as Pope. He lives in the Vatican, in the same residence as the other religious. He has consistently refused to wear symbols of wealth or enjoy special amenities.
The most interesting thing about his thought is that it means a great opening. His approaches to atheism, women, divorce and homosexuality have made him a target of criticism within the most conservative sectors. However, he is becoming one of the greatest spiritual leaders in the world.
3. Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a Hindu physician and writer who has written several of the most widely read books in the world over the past decades. Its central theme is the power of the mind in medical healing. His thinking is highly influenced by religion, but, in his opinion, also by quantum physics.
His postulates are based on Ayurveda Medicine and from this he has managed to introduce new paradigms in the medical sciences. His approaches are followed by millions of people in the world. It has also sparked sharp controversy, due to an apparent lack of scientific rigor in its claims.
Chopra has become one of the most influential spiritual leaders because his views call for a change of life. His ideas about meditation and the connection of energy with the universe have deeply penetrated his followers. Love also occupies a fundamental place in his thinking.
The world needs more spiritual leaders and fewer “influencers”. The former are the fruit of wisdom, lucidity, and goodness. The latter are a product of the market, whose main purpose is to generate profits. We live in confused times, where the great paradigms have fallen and everyone seems to be left to their own devices. That is why these types of figures contribute a lot to that search process in which we are all in some way immersed.