Watkins Books has published their 3rd annual “Watkins’ Spiritual 100 list for 2013” to name the “most spiritually influential living people” in the world.
Number one on the Watkins’ list is Dalai Lamai, with Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle filling in the 2nd and 3rd spots. I was delighted to see Graham Hancock, Rupert Sheldrake,Marrianne Williamson, Richard Bach, Nelson Mandela, Paulo Coelho, Oprah, etc, etc.. included. The entire list can be found linked here.
This is included in the Watkins’ spiritual 100 introduction:
We are delighted to share with you our 2013 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.This marks the third year that we are publishing our 100 list. We’ve done our best to consider as many people as possible and our spiritual database includes the names of over six hundred candidates from which we selected the list of the top 100, highlighting the most proactive individuals – ranging from political and religious leaders to spiritual writers, filmmakers and visionary artists.
This list is meant to serve as a positive guide to some of the leading modern teachers that are alive today, and we hope that you are as inspired as we are by their impact. We hope it helps our readers discover new authors and inspirational ideas.
This year’s list is more global and diverse than ever before. The youngest person on the list is Jeff Foster (32 years old) and the oldest person is Kyozan Joshu Sasaki (105 years old). We are also sad to report that Stephen Covey who was on last year’s list, passed away in July, 2012. There are several factors that were taken into account when compiling the list. The main three criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale3) The person is frequently googled, and is actively talked about on the internet; for writers, the book sales via Nielsen Data are also considered.
By taking into account the amount of times that a person is googled, the list gains a highly democratic parameter. In a sense, being googled is a form of digital voting, and illustrates just how often someone is being sought out. Additionally, we were highly selective in creating this list and did our best to remove candidates who spread messages that were hateful or intolerant.