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Gautama Buddha ( c. 563– c. 460 bc):

The name of the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha Gautama. Born an Indian prince, he renounced wealth and family to become an ascetic, and after achieving enlightenment while meditating, taught all who came to learn from him.

Ashoka (c. 269–232 bc):

“Emperor of India. He converted to Buddhism and established it as the state religion.”

Jesus Christ:

“The central figure of the Christian religion. Jesus conducted a mission of preaching and healing (with reported miracles) in Palestine in about ad 28–30, which is described in the Gospels. His followers considered him to be the Christ or Messiah and the Son of God, and belief in his resurrection from the dead is the central tenet of Christianity.”

Dante (1265–1321):

Italian poet; full name Dante Alighieri. He wrote The Divine Comedy ( c. 1309–20), an epic poem that describes his spiritual journey through Hell and Purgatory and finally to Paradise. His love for Beatrice Portinari is described in Vita nuova ( c. 1290–94).

Christopher Marlowe (1564–93):

“English playwright and poet whose work influenced Shakespeare’s early historical plays. Notable plays: Doctor Faustus ( c. 1590) and The Jew of Malta (1592).”

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

“English playwright. His plays are written mostly in blank verse and include comedies, historical plays, the Greek and Roman plays, enigmatic comedies, the great tragedies, and the group of tragicomedies with which he ended his career. He also wrote more than 150 sonnets, which were published in 1609, as well as narrative poems.”

John Milton (1608–74): 

“English poet. His three major works, Paradise Lost (1667; revised, 1674), Paradise Regained (1671), and Samson Agonistes (1671), which were completed after he had gone blind in 1652, show his mastery of blank verse .”

Abraham Lincoln (1809–65):

“16th president of the U.S. 1861–65. A Republican, his election to the presidency on an anti-slavery platform helped to precipitate the Civil War, which was fought during his administration. He was assassinated shortly after the war ended and before he could fulfill his campaign promise to reconcile the North and the South. He was noted for his succinct, eloquent speeches, including the Gettysburg Address of 1863.”

Karl Marx (1818–83)

“German political philosopher and economist, resident of England from 1849. The founder of modern communism with Friedrich Engels, he collaborated with him in the writing of the Communist Manifesto (1848) and enlarged it into a series of books, most notably the three-volume Das Kapital.”

Swami Vivekananda  (1863 – 1902): 

He was considered generous, and had a liberal and progressive outlook in social and religious reformation. He greeted the youngest of the nations in the name of “the most ancient order of monks in the world, the Vedic order of sannyasins, a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.”

He summarized the Vedanta’s teachings as follows,

  • Each soul is potentially divine.
  • The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.
  • Do this either by work, or worship, or mental discipline, or philosophy—by one, or more, or all of these—and be free.
  • This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.
  • So long as even a single dog in my country is without food my whole religion is to feed it and serve it, anything excluding that is nonreligious.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948):

“Indian nationalist and spiritual leader; full name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Prominent in the opposition to British rule in India, he pursued a policy of nonviolent civil disobedience. Although he never held government office, he was regarded as the country’s supreme political and spiritual leader. Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu following his agreement to the creation of the state of Pakistan.”

Salman Rushdie (1947):

“British novelist, born in India. His work, chiefly associated with magic realism, includes Midnight’s Children (1981) and The Satanic Verses (1988). The latter, regarded by Muslims as blasphemous, caused Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa in 1989 that condemned Rushdie to death.”

Where is my mind? 

The list of the wisest fools is firmly considered by me. They are actually many surrounded by ! The research says that they have  sacrificed their life for social reformation and world peace. They had fought against illusionary power, and wealth that is governing by their opponents. One goes another appears.

They tried to establish world peace and become unsuccessful to change the classified society. How the shiny minerals that distributed and decided fortune of many people? Throughout the ages people remain the fool. They are following the wrong disciplines. We, ordinary people are opting wrong messages; blinded, betrayed by kings, queens, preachers, and fortune tellers. Wise men work hard to deliver their message through literature, art, and music. Rich men adore them to decorate their position. Society remain the same. We are stepping into the double folded the path of darkness. It is impossible to change, because there is no escape from the multi–coloured face of the society. Think about it!


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88 responses »

  1. e t says:

    You have smoked them like cigarette… great post man, fingers crossed!:)

  2. Werbeartikel usb-sticks says:

    Smart way that you have described these men; by fame and name no one is noting once he/she dies.

  3. As long as there lives light within each of us, there is hope among the darkness. Proof: you writing this and your acknowledgement. 😀

  4. If they were truly unsuccessful, their names would not still be common today. Who you don’t acknowledge are the many people back then and today who are quietly doing their work, living a good life. People’s actions, like the wave created by a pebble cast into water, radiate outward. These actions, either positive or negative, affect others. I don’t know that I would say that people are ignorant, more that they want to be told what to do, its easier that way.
    You have a very interesting blog and i will visit again. Thank you for ‘liking’ mine. Namaste.

  5. avian101 says:

    I’ve always thought of writers more as thinkers rather than writers because that’s what they do. Whatever they write is only a condensed fraction of what they have thad in their minds. I know it. The difference is that i’m not a writer!
    Thank you for your visit, I’m glad that you liked my blog!

  6. Jessica Davey says:

    This is lovely! Thank you for creating this list. 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    You’re post has made me curious to look up some of these great men in more detail.

  8. molivermade says:

    Perfect for Martin Luther King day

  9. denibuggy says:

    Very interesting!

  10. graphicanthropology says:

    But they keep appearing, and they keep trying, in spite of seemingly impossible odds. Meaning its important, vital, to at least try to change things. Pointing out injustice despite great personal risk is a sign of hope for everyone that is suffering those injustices.

  11. ElizOF says:

    The list is impressive. My reservation is with the word – Fools… I think we are the fools for not grasping and following the path of the wise ones… Thought-provoking post! TY 🙂

  12. Excellent post. Truth will always seek the light of day.

  13. Rivenrod says:

    Vikram, (the king as Roy translates to in Saxony) . . . what fascinating research my friend, worthy of expanding upon.

    As for me, I follow only the seven commandments of Noah. They are the only actual Commandments handed down by G-d. All others are rules and guides.

    Believe and trust in G-d – Do not worship idols

    Respect and praise G-d – Do not blaspheme

    Respect the sanctity of human life – Do not murder

    Respect family values – Do not be sexually perverse

    Respect the rights and property of others – Do not steal

    Respect animals rights – Do not eat flesh from a live animal

    Responsibility for society – Establish systems of Justice and education



  14. kmariej says:

    I’m so pleased you included Swami Vivekananda on your list! Is Ramakrishna hiding behind him? 🙂

  15. Cool post! I’d like to see a future post on a list like this featuring women :-).

  16. An interesting list. Who would we add today? The Dalai Lama ? Archbishop Tutu ? Nelson Mandela ? Anyone?

  17. About a year ago, I volunteered at a homeless shelter in the basement of one of the oldest Catholic churches in downtown Atlanta. I slept right outside the crypt where all the first pastors are buried.

    One of these pastors faced Sherman on his infamous march through Atlanta and insisted that Sherman not burn the church because those godly among his men would revolt against him.

    Clearly there was that sentiment among his men; Sherman left the church untouched.

    I think it’s important to remember these (and countless other) beacons of peace and social movement you mentioned but also to remember that each one of us has inside us that same power.

    Good post and interesting blog.

  18. As part of the Versatile Blogger Award, I have chosen you and your blog as one to be recognized as a blog that I find to be creative, reflecting the thoughts and feelings of the author in a way that touches the hearts and mind of others. There are so many to choose from – Thank you for sharing your world ….
    Please feel free to post the award on your site.

  19. Ian Gardner says:

    Throughout the ages people remain ignorant.
    The above sentence is itself, sadly, the result of ignorance. The Reality is different as a study and appreciation of the findings of those you mention, who know the Reality, will show clearly. May you seek the Reality, my friend.

  20. Ahh… Buddhism. The religion that isn’t a religion! He knew what he was talking about! We could all learn a thing or two from his way of life.

  21. larissacasagrande says:

    I am glad you have research it and I was able to help you..
    you have a very nice page.

  22. I like the article.

  23. dropculture says:

    Enjoyed reading this.


  24. Vikram,

    I enjoyed reading this post. We are inspired by many of the same figures in history. I am glad you enjoyed my blog “Every Day Life, Every Day Faith.” Good Luck and Blessings.


  25. Really interesting post, enjoyed looking around your blog and thank you.

  26. Ian Gardner says:

    Some very interesting and positive replies here, now do what you can, all of you, to learn from these people and apply what you learn. May you all be successful 🙂

  27. interesting post!

    Karl Marx and peace???

    • VIKRAM ROY says:

      There is a “?” in the title too! Some escapists!!! 🙂

      “The equal obligation of all to work and the establishment of an industrial and agricultural armies.”
      It sounds like economical peace in the society, but what the illusion stand and followed?
      What remains then of the “equal right” of all members of society?

    • His analysis of the contradictions and cruelties of capitalism was spot on. The problem is that communism requires people to be saints to make it work. Capitalism says we’re all greedy bastards, but go ahead, because the invisible hand of the market will benefit everyone in the end. Evidently not.

  28. rockyann says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂 I also have enjoyed this post. I was raised in an extreme fundamentalist Christian family and I fled that years ago. (Someday I will write about that). But I discovered with wisdom of Buddhism about twenty years ago (Oh my!! That long?) and it really spoke to me.

  29. I like your eclectic list of wise fools, but I question the devotion of some of them to world peace. The inclusion of the writers, for example. Shakespeare just wanted to be a playwright and an actor, and in the history plays he wrote propaganda for the Tudors. We decided he was a genius. Marlowe was a ruffian who also wrote plays.

    I appreciate your question mark, Vikram. The first thing to do with people who claim to have our best interests at heart is to inspect their feet for clay residue.

    • VIKRAM ROY says:

      Wise men work hard to deliver their message through literature, art, and music. Rich men buys them to decorate their position. But finally society remains the same.

  30. boozilla says:

    Thanks! Your blog which is wonderful! Such a joy to find. Thanks and appreciation!

  31. lovely post! If you enjoy beautiful messages (which it seems you do), then you may like this video of a song I wrote in December called Home…listen to the second verse in particular:)

  32. Hannah Shive says:

    Whether these men intended the impact they so rightly achieved, their impact still holds in society today. Perhaps instead of becoming jaded over their absence today we should make their thoughts and actions part of our every day lives; use art and the written word to share their truth. Great list, but where are the women?!?

    • Ian Gardner says:

      With reference to Hannah Shive’s comment: When the Buddha was dying those of his followers around him pleaded with him to stay as he was needed. His simple answer was, “You do not need me.” and, of course, that is true – it is the message, the information, which is important not the messenger. On the title page of my book I printed in bold letters, 15 years before I came across this incident with the Buddha, this:
      “Ignore the messenger – heed the message!”

  33. Lottie Nevin says:

    Vikram, firstly please excuse me for not writing an intelligent comment on your great blog.( My head feels like concrete like now having spent the last 3 days up in the air travelling back to Jakarta from the States, via London) it’s all I can do just to type in a straight line right now! Secondly I’m hugely flattered that you are now following my blog, thank you it’s really appreciated.
    Thirdly, when I get my head firmly screwed back on, I very much look forward to following and reading your blog too. lottie

  34. JohnAdcox says:

    Great left, and better comments. Shared!

  35. demoncat4 says:

    would agree that the men on this list where a little foolish but thats because they had such a strong belief it what they were working for that it made them blind enough to take risks

  36. T Mills says:

    What a list. Imagine getting all their wives in a room together for a chat.

  37. Nice list of great ‘fools’. Cheers.

  38. Fascinating to see Abraham Lincoln on the same list as Siddartha! That took considerable thought!

    Enjoyed it–and thanks for liking my “Opening the eyes in the back of your head” post.

  39. jackcurtis says:

    Human behavior will likely change when our DNA does…

  40. Very Creative site – good job!

  41. Peter Ashley says:

    I like your post about Peace. I offer the following channelled verse about peace.

    “Love, happiness and peace”

    Where there is love,

    There is happiness.

    Where there is happiness,

    There is love.

    And where there is love,

    There is peace,

    And where there is peace,

    There is hope.

    Hope for a future of love, happiness and peace.

  42. kristobaldude says:

    Greetings my friend,

    I enjoyed your list of prominent spiritual leaders including Ashoka and Buddha.

    Live well and be blessed,


  43. dogbronte says:

    Liked your post, takes a lot of thinking to come up with a short-list of people one admires.

    The first name that sprung to my mind, GK Chesterton,

  44. Kristin says:

    Your list is very interesting and eclectic, Vikram. I considered what they had in common for you. Something that perhaps you felt was missing in this day and age. I decided it was Truthfulness, not Truth, no one knows that, but being true to what one stood for is a great achievement in any age, and is not easily forgotten.

    • VIKRAM ROY says:

      Dear Kristin,
      With complete respect, I can only consider “YES” it is. Thanks for the comment. Believe the truthfulness will bless and make people understand the words of love.

  45. Mike says:

    I love this blog post. Even though I agree that for the most part the world isn’t going in a positive direction. I do believe that the men listed in your posted made tremendous contributions to humanity. The world would probably be even more unpleasant had each and everyone of them devoted their lives to changing the world fo the better.

  46. Hi, Thank you for a powerful blog. (And visiting my blog recently too.)

    May I suggest another person or two to your list?
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    – Also, Mother Teresa.

    – I suspect that there might be more women to consider also.

    blessings to you,

  47. tdl1501 says:

    It’s a good start, anyway, though you were hampered by the title, giving their lives while Salman Rushdie lives, and adding Brit writers. Thanks!

  48. Like what you have to say in your blog and thank you for reading my post `Sister`s Keeper. I believe part of our responsibility as artists, writers and musicians is to teach tolerance, peace, advocacy, respect, and above all love. I’m a little Don Quixotic…I know…

    During the seventies, John Denver was my favourite singer/songwriter. I found so many of his songs about love, peace, protecting the planet, etc to be inspiring. And today I received an email from my step-daughter with the following link.

    The video is a performance of the last song John Denver wrote but never recorded. When I listened I intentionally imagined John’s voice singing. The vocalist on the video isn’t bad but he doesn’t have the emotional quality John Denver put into his music. Thought you might enjoy it.

  49. bography says:

    Hi Vikram.

    You said:
    “The list of the wisest fools is firmly considered by me. They are actually many surrounded by ! The research says that they have sacrificed their life for social reformation and world peace. They had fought against illusionary power, and wealth that is governing by their opponents. One goes another appears.

    They tried to establish world peace and become unsuccessful to change the classified society.”

    When Jesus Christ came to earth 2000 years ago, it wasn’t, says the Bible, in order to establish world peace
    “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).

    Best wishes


  50. Nice blog, but I’m afraid any list that is all male tends to be suspect unless it’s about fatherhood. Would like to see Hildegard of Bingen on that list, or maybe Elizabeth Blackwell or Rosa Parks

  51. Olive Twist says:

    I enjoyed the lovely photograph and the meaningful post! Thank you kindly for your responses to my blog as well.

  52. Nicole says:

    Reblogged this on Bitter Harvest and commented:
    A fantastic post

  53. project1979 says:

    Nice to read this! Beautiful. Good luck to you.

  54. armchair quarterback’n here…where’s bob dylan…smile. peace be

  55. Thank you so so so much for visiting my blog. it means the world to me. The fact that people who dont know me and are amazing bloggers themselves like my crappy entry makes me SO SO proud and gives me motivation to not give up.
    so thankyou!
    And your blogs are really interesting and very intelligent.
    i feel like i lack in intellect.
    and i probably do xD

  56. forsythkid says:

    We need a whole lot more of these leaders as soon as the Lord can deliver them!

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  58. From Vivekananda and Jesus to Shakespeare and Milton – I love this collection of individuals you have offered your readers. Nice post!
    (And thanks much for visiting my own blog page.)

  59. bography says:

    The peace Jesus gives has got nothing to do with “world” peace.

    “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.” John 14:27.

    All the other promoters of world peace are six feet under.

  60. Liked this post very much….Interesting choices but not many women I must say..
    Like Florence Nightingale, -nursing
    Mme Currie-inventing x rays

    I vote for a list of great women world changers
    Thanks for liking my posts!!
    Brenda J Wood

  61. VIKRAM ROY says:

    I see a huge demand is rising for a list of “women world changers”. Thanks Laura Susanne Yochelson, Barb Drummond, Mare Cromwell, Brenda J. Wood asking for the list. I will try to research my best to make a list as soon as possible. I also invite all the readers to create their own great list of men and women and link them with this post! Thanks and enjoy!

  62. I read Siddhartha. After that I read every single thing Herman Hesse wrote. It has been the same river for thousands of years and yet from moment to moment it is not the same river. Thanks visit my blog.

  63. Rob Barkman says:

    Very interesting posting.

    I am sorry to see Christ mentioned alongside other men as being His equals. Christ, the very Son of God, through His work on the cross, accomplished bringing in true permanent world peace. It will take place in the future… you can read about it in Revelation chapters 21 and 22.

  64. roseshadows says:

    Love your post Vikram, thank you for sharing. You have, by the great response in replies, shown that there is hope. I read ‘The Alchemist A Mystery in Three Acts’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your writing is thought-provoking and enjoyable.

    • VIKRAM ROY says:

      Its a lot for my first writing. I am glad that you like it! Thanks Teresa. I’ll request you to take your precious time to write a review on the link you download or read my book! Thanks again. Have a nice time.

  65. The only way to change this destructive path is to cultivate becoming wise fools ourselves and leading others to do the same.

  66. ” The research says that they have sacrificed their life for social reformation and world peace. They had fought against illusionary power, and wealth that is governing by their opponents.

    They tried to establish world peace and become unsuccessful to change the classified society. ”

    I’m not aware of others, but this is the first time I come across such a thing about Lord Buddha. Fascinating news, because what Buddhist resources say is that his holiness had a natural death. I think you should Re-research that research you’ve used, if it is the same thing you meant. May be you meant something else and I didn’t get it clearly. We all are fools in one or another way.
    But calling someone a Fool, when that person is much more intelligent than we can ever imagine and when you haven’t got the slightest idea of that intelligence, is being too Foolish. Last thing I want is to offend you and I think as you are very straight about your feelings, it would be OK to tell, what I think. I think the problem is that you don’t know much about everyone in your list.
    Anyway what Lord Buddha had done is, find a way to end his own sufferings (bring peace to his own life ) first of all and then give that knowledge to other individuals to end theirs.
    It could have affected society as it is a collection of individuals. But still the talk about ” sacrificing life for social reformation and world peace ” that’s a wrong track. Lord Buddha used his life for himself completely. He dedicated it after having satisfaction for himself. If you don’t have peace in you, how could you intend to teach others to find it?
    ” Lord Buddha, Fighting opponent’s wealth & power” ,that’s nonsense !
    I think you should first learn about him, to decide whether Lord Buddha is ” unsuccessful “.

    However, thanks for liking my post.


    • It is hard for those in the west to understand. Spiritual living seems selfish without a commitment to bettering things in this life for others. Seems for Buddha the path leads inward but for the Christian the path is in this world outside the self AND in the Kingdom not of this world.

  67. Ian Gardner says:

    “The research says that they have sacrificed their life for social reformation and world peace.”
    I very much doubt that any fully enlightened person would feel this way. In fact, I would say that they would not as they would be “above” such self indulgence!

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