Our Luminaries for the Week

in Weekly Themes

Famous People

There is a story of the sailor who, alone at sea on a rainy night, managed to light a lantern. Still, the lantern’s glow seemed insignificant compared to the ocean’s blackness, and the sailor grew discouraged. What he never knew was that miles away, on shore, an entire town could see the light from his flame­­­ – and they knew that someone had braved the darkness.

On our journey we can never know how one small action can affect the life of another. It is possible that our lives light the way for others in ways that we are unable to fathom in this lifetime, and through individual acts of love we may become luminaries for each other just like the stars by which we navigate the darkness.

In this spirit we celebrate the luminaries who inspire us to become luminous ourselves. Through art, literature, philosophy and spirituality, these special men and women have shaped our ideas of existence in ways that very few others have done. Take a moment now to discover more about some of these extraordinary people:

20th Century Icons:

Gandhi, whose pacifist resistance inspired a nation.

Mother Theresa, whose universal compassion sparked global conversations on poverty.


Modern Spiritual Teachers:

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master who Dr. Martin Luther King nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pema Chodron, former school teacher who changed her life by becoming a Buddhist nun.

Osho, the controversial teacher whose lectures nevertheless inspired many towards deeper spirituality.


Artistic Luminaries:

Hokusai, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Henri Rosseau – artists who inspired us to love nature.


Inspirational Personalities:

A selection of famous quotes about “stars,” both the heavenly kind and the people who inspire us here on earth.

And last, but not least, an A-Z look at some of the most notable inspirational figures in history.


Always remember that each person listed above started out no more special or talented than you are right this moment. Great legacies are built one step at a time, and it is never too early or too late to create a life of compassion, creativity, spirituality, or whatever else drives you. If one particular luminary inspires you, you can create a list of their achievements to motivate you or post some of their inspiring quotes near your workspace to stay focused on your greater goal.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s theme. Please join us again Monday, when we begin our exploration of Personal Growth (enhancing the mind, the body and the spirit). You can follow all of our quotes, posts and articles by visiting Buddha Groove on Facebook or by checking our new wellness magazine, MindFuelDaily.com. Be well, we’ll see you next time.