“All men make mistakes; wise men learn from them.” Here we have listed a few top greatest men who had a major influence on the world, not necessarily in a good way. Including great men from the fields of politics, military, art, religion, science, and sport.
1.The Jesus of Nazareth
In the Western Tradition much has been written about the Jesus of Nazareth also known as Jesus Christ. With more than a billion followers in the world, Christianity remains the largest single religion followed in the world. Today, Jesus Christ is thought of more than a Moral Teacher or a Great prophet, however is believed by many as a physical form of the god or on earth.
Jesus started his ministry when he was around 30 and was crucified by the Romans. Though not much is known about his early life, some believe he followed Buddhism early for a while.
It is believed that Jesus before he left for heaven, showed himself to the 12 apostles, who later continued to spread the word as is written in the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Marc, Luke and John.
It is also believed that Jesus will return to the earth and rule for 1000 years.
2. Mohammed of Mecca
One of the greatest religion was started by a middle aged merchant who claimed to have continual revelations from god which he would recite to people. These recitation were recorded and they together make the holy ‘Quran’. Born in 570 CE in Mecca, a Arabian city. He became a political and military leader in order to reach out to people and preach them post his 40 in Medina, Arabia. He is often misunderstood as synonymous to Islam, which according to west, is a religion of Islam. Although he was strict in the military matters, he had to be in the way only to survive, his preaching were gentlemanly.
3. Gautama Buddha
Gautama Buddha’s real life name is Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who spent his early life in luxury. He further embarked a journey leaving all these perks behind towards achieving “meaning” of life. Before becoming a ascetic, who lived only on a handful of nuts, several years were in destitution. Sitting underneath a Bodhi tree for 49 days until he realized that way to enlightenment is leaving all the desires in life. Which further took him to a state of Nirvana.
Buddha actually means “one who is enlightened”. He was born in Nepal in around 500 BCE. His preaching quickly attracted a lot of people, laying a foundation for eastern faith structures, Buddhism.
Krishna is believed to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism – a religion that is perhaps 5,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is considered as one of the main deities in the Hindu religion.
Sometimes depicted as a small boy playing around cows, dogs and eating butter or sometimes as a prince or sometimes as a herdsman where in this context he would be called as Govinda.
It is believed that when Krishna died or disappeared from earth, the current ‘yug’ started.
Apparently, Krishna appears as a human only to teach human about the hardships of the life which are well stated in ‘Bhagwat Geeta’.
5. Albert Einstein
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Albert Einstein was born on 14th March, 1879 in Germany and was a Theoretical Physicists. Einstein is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E=mc2, which is the world’s most famous equation.
Einstein has also received a Nobel Prize in Physics for ‘his services to theoretical physics and specially for his discovery of the law of the Photoelectric Effect”, a pivotal step in the development of Quantum Physics.
Where, Einstein’s Political views were in favor of Socialism and critical of Capitalism. He strongly advocated the idea of Democratic Global Government which would check the power of nation-states in the framework of the world federation.
6. Swami Vivekananda
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Swami Vivekananda born as Narendranath Dutta on January 12, 1863, was an Indian Hindu Monk who was a key figure to introduce Indian Philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world. He was a major disciple of the Indian Mystic Ramakrishna. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and majorly contributed to the concept of Nationalism in Colonial India. He is the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He was a visionary and an extremely knowledgeable person.
Vivekananda is best recognized for his speech in Chicago, 1893 for opening as “Sisters and Brothers of America” , in which he spoke about Hinduism at the Parliament of World’s Religion.
7. Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi , born on October 2, 1869 was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian Independence Movement against British Rule. He implied the nonviolent civil disobedience , he led the India to Independence.
In India, he is respectfully called as ‘Bapu’, which is Gujarati for “Father”. He is referred as “Father of the Nation”.
Born on 18th July 1918, he was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in the fully representative democratic election. His government fully focused on getting rid of apartheid by dealing with racism and fostering racial reconciliation. An African ideologist, socialist and nationalist, who also served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
9. William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was an English Poet, Playwright and Actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is also called the England’s “national poet” and the “Bard of Avon”. The existing work consists of 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and a few other verses. Some of the most loved work includes Tragedies like Othello, Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth.
Abraham Lincoln was Born in Kentucky on February 1802, was an American Lawyer and Politician who was the 16th president of the United States from 1861-1865. Lincoln led the nation through the Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.