In the history of world, there have been some great saints who have preached the virtues of universal brotherhood, devotion and humanity, to bring about peace and happiness in lives of people. Saints from different religions have influenced lives of millions around the world.
Listed below are the top 10 most famous and greatest saints in world history:
10. Paul The Apostle
Paul the Apostle was the famous saint who taught the gospel of Christ to the world in the period of mid 30s to mid 50s. He played an important role in founding several churches in Europe and Asia Minor. He was also the author of most of the New Testament.
One of the first and greatest saints of Bhakti Movement in India was Ramananda, who lived during the 15th century. He was a worshipper of Lord Rama and preached love and universal brotherhood, without distinctions of cast, creed and sex. He had influenced Saint Kabir with his thoughts and preachings.
8. Mother Teresa
One of the greatest saints in the world, who lives in the hearts of millions even after her death, is Mother Teresa. She was a Catholic missionary, who dedicated her entire life for serving the poor, downtrodden and sick. She spent most of her life in India and was the founder of an organization called Missionaries of Charity. She was honored with Nobel Peace Prize, besides being given the title of “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”.
Another great Indian saint was Mirabai, who was an ardent devotee of lord Krishna. Despite her birth and marriage in royal families, she led a simple and pious life devoted to Lord Krishna and composed devotional songs. She was engaged in religious pursuits, right from her childhood days.
A disciple of Ramananda, Saint Kabir was a weaver in Varanasi and influenced Bhakti Movement to a great extent with his religious writings. He preached equality of man and was against the wrong practices, prevalent in both Hinduism and Islam.
5. Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine, an early Christian philosopher, whose writings bore a great influence on Western Christianity, comes next on this list. He held the belief that grace of Christ played a key role in human freedom and developed the doctrine of original sin.
4. Sai Baba
A great Indian saint, who has followers all around the globe is Sai Baba of Shirdi, who lived there in the 19th century and performed some great miracles to get the title of saint and satguru. He has believers in both Hinduism and Islam and preached equality of man, love and forgiveness, as a path of self realization. His main epigram was “Sabka Malik Ek (There is one God, who governs all).”
3. John The Baptist
John the Baptist is another highly regarded saint and religious leader in the history, who is believed to have started the practice of baptism for forgiveness of sins. He is the one who is believed to have baptized Jesus and also to have predicted the coming of Jesus.
2. Saint Peter
The next name on the list of most influential saints in world history is that of Saint Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Christ and also a leader of Christian church. He is considered as the first Pope of the Catholic Church, who played a key role in the founding of the church in Rome.
1. Saint Joseph
One of the greatest known saints in world history is Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus Christ. He is believed to be the chosen one for raising and nurturing the Lord himself and is regarded as the patron saint of various countries, besides the protector of the Catholic Church.
All these great saints preached to uplift the human race from wrong beliefs and practices, so that they could live a better life. They are still revered and worshipped around the world.