Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi believed that anyone could attain spiritual freedom.  He spent his life going far beyond his comfort zone looking for those who had been neglected.  He worked with the poor and the sick, sailed to dangerous lands, and even wrote songs and sermons to animals because he saw holiness in everyone.  His conviction was so extreme that he was often characterized as…

Ekadanta

Ekadanta means “one toothed’ and is another name for Ganesha. There are many stories about why he ended up with one tusk, ranging from defending his mother to breaking it off in a rage at the moon. Once broken, he used the tusk to write the Mahabharata. Most would say having part of your face…

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore lived with perfect etiquette. Having learned early in life what his weaknesses were, he maintained humility in every interaction and worked to always see himself as no better and no worse than those around him. Living with such humility allowed him to exercise self-control when others acted poorly. Albus knew he could not…

Campaka

Campaka was a wealthy Tibetan king consumed with the joys of his beautiful gardens. When a begging Yogin was not impressed, the king became curious about what was beyond the pleasures of his life and gardens. The guru instructed him to meditate upon “the flower of reality” to uncover truth. Campaka did this for many…

Brahmananda

As a boy, Brahmananda preferred meditation and singing devotional songs to doing school work or playing with friends. As he grew so did his focus and he spent more and more time in silence. Trying to interest him in the world his family arranged a marriage, but this only led him to his teacher, Ramakrishna,…

Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara is the bodhisattva of compassion. They appear in many Buddhist teachings of various sects, and are described in the Lotus Sutra as having 33 forms. This being decided to continue to be reincarnated until all sentient beings are free. The stories teach the importance of acting with compassion because Eternity can be found in…