Indian godman & mystic born in 1931. Founder of the Rajneesh movement & known as the “sex guru”.


Iranian prophet-founder of the Baháʼí Faith born in 1817.

Adi Da

American spiritual teacher, cult leader, writer, & artist born in 1939. Accused of numerous abuses.

Sathya Sai Baba

Indian guru, philanthropist, & founder of the Sathya Sai Organisation, born in 1926.

Allan Kardec

French educator, translator, author of the Spiritist Codification, & founder of Spiritism, born in 1804.

Aimee Semple McPherson

Canadian Pentecostal evangelist & media celebrity born in 1890. Founder of the Foursquare Church.

Kirtanananda Swami

Gaudiya Vaishnava guru born in 1937 & co-founder of the New Vrindaban community in West Virginia.

Henry Steele Olcott

American military officer, journalist, lawyer, & co-founder of the Theosophical Society, born in 1832.

Charles Leadbeater

English theosophist, Co-Freemasonry, occult author & co-initiator of the Liberal Catholic Church born in 1854.


French physician, hypnotist, & popularizer of occultism born in 1865. Founder of the Martinist Order.