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Eckhart Tolle

3 Inspirational People You Need to Know

Updated: May 11

In the tapestry of human history, there are certain inspirational people whose wisdom transcends time, and whose teachings continue to resonate across cultures and generations.


Among these luminaries are Buddha, Jesus, and Confucius—three figures whose impact on the world is immeasurable. Their philosophies have shaped civilizations, offering timeless guidance on how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.


Let's delve into the wisdom they impart and the profound impact they have had on humanity.


Buddha Statue
The Enlightened One

Born as Siddhartha Gautama in ancient India, Buddha is the founder of Buddhism—a spiritual tradition that emphasizes enlightenment, compassion, and inner peace. At the core of Buddha's teachings is the concept of mindfulness and the pursuit of liberation from suffering.

 

One of the most famous quotes attributed to Buddha is,


"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

This speaks to the importance of your readiness and receptivity in the pursuit of wisdom and enlightenment. Another profound teaching by Buddha is the metaphor of pointing to the moon:


“I am a finger pointing to the moon. Don't look at me; look at the moon.”

 

Buddha's message encourages us to live in the present moment, cultivate mindfulness, and seek enlightenment within ourselves rather than external sources.


Christ the Redeemer
Prince of Peace

Jesus of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the Son of God, is perhaps the most influential figure in Western history. His teachings, as recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, emphasize love, compassion, and forgiveness.

 

One of Jesus' most iconic teachings is the Golden Rule:


"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

This principle of treating others with kindness and empathy is a cornerstone of many ethical systems and religions around the world.

 

Jesus also spoke about the importance of faith and trust in a higher power, saying,


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

 

His life and teachings continue to inspire billions of people worldwide, serving as a beacon of hope and love.


Jesus was a carpenter who quite possibly just lived life according to what he felt was right. Yet others saw how Jesus was, and wanted to be like him so they mimicked him, and listened to his words.



Temple
Confucius was Known as The Sage of China

Confucius, born as Kong Qiu, was a Chinese philosopher and educator whose ideas have profoundly influenced East Asian civilization. His philosophy, Confucianism, emphasizes the importance of moral cultivation, filial piety, and social harmony.

 

One of Confucius' most famous teachings is,


"Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself."

This echoes the Golden Rule and underscores the universal principle of empathy and reciprocity.

 

Confucius also emphasized the importance of self-improvement and lifelong learning, stating,


"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

 

His teachings continue to shape ethical behaviour and social relations in East Asia, emphasizing the importance of virtuous conduct and harmonious living.


Confucius believed in human-centred virtues to live a peaceful life.


Buddha, Jesus, and Confucius stand as timeless figures of inspiration and guidance, their wisdom transcending cultural and religious boundaries. Their teachings offer profound insights into the human condition and provide a roadmap to live a meaningful and fulfilling life... and they are only three of the countless individuals who lived extraordinary and inspirational lives.


By understanding who they were, you will see the common link, shared by all people of note who have inspired a religion.


As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, let us draw upon the timeless wisdom of these three inspirational figures, striving to cultivate compassion, empathy, and inner peace in our lives and the world around us.


Who will inspire you to be more?


Namaste

Deb xx

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