Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
The Masters and Wannabes,
listed by rating

NB see below.
Adyashanti (A) aka Steven Gray
Ammachi (D)
aka Sudhamani, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
Babaji (M) aka Nagaraj
Ramesh Balsekar (A)
Bodhidharma (M)  
Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati (A) 
Jean Klein (A)
Jiddu Krishnamurti (A)
Neem Karoli Baba (D)
Nisargadatta Maharaj (A) aka Beedie Baba, Maruti Kampli
Osho (M) aka Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh 
Papaji (A) aka HWL Poonja
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (D)
Ramana Maharshi (A) aka Venkataraman Iyer 
Shri Ranjit Maharaj (A)
Richard Rose (M)

Sailor Bob (A) aka Bob Adamson
Seung Sahn (M)
ShantiMayi (M)
Shri Samartha/Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj (A) 
Thich Nhat Hanh (M) 
Eckhart Tolle (A) aka Ulrich Tolle

Robert Aitken (M)
A.H. Almaas (M) aka A. Hameed Ali
Sri Aurobindo & The Mother (M) aka Aravinda Akroyd Ghose & Mirra Alfassa / Morriset / Richard
Sri Atmananda (A) aka Krishna Menon
Yogi Bhajan (M) aka Sardar Bhajan Singh, Harbhajan Singh Puri, Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji et al 
Swami Chinmayananda (A) aka Balakrishna Menon
Dalai Lama (M) aka Tenzin Gyatso, Lhamo Thondup
Gangaji (A)
aka Toni Roberson, Toni Varner
SN Goenka (M) (Satya Narayan)
EJ Gold (M)
 (Eugene Jeffrey)
George I Gurdjieff (M)  
Baba Hari Dass (D)
Philip Kapleau Roshi (M)  
Gyalwa Karmapa (16th) (M) aka Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
Byron Katie (A) aka Byron Kathleen Reid
Wayne Liquorman (A) aka Ram Tzu
Lee Lozowick (M)

Meher Baba (D)
aka Merwan Sheriar Irani 
Richard Miller (A) 
Toni Packer (A)
 
Shirdi Sai Baba (D)
Sri Swami Sivananda (M)  
Thich Thanh Tu (M) aka Tran Huu Phuoc
Paramahansa Yogananda (M) aka Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (D) aka Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Aziz Kristof (A) aka Master Aziz, Anadi
Suma Ching Hai (M) aka Supreme Master CH, Ching Hue
Jesus Christ (D) aka Prince of Peace, Lamb of God 
David Deida (M) 
Douglas E. Harding (A)  
Paramahamsa Hariharananda (M) aka Robindranath Bhattacharya, Brahmachari Robinarayan
Maharishi Sadashiva Isham (M)
aka Robert Vaughn Abrams
Ishvara (A) 
BKS Iyengar (M) (= Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja)
Leonard Jacobson (A) 
Sri Karunamayi (D) aka Bhagavati Sri Sri Sri Vijayeswari Devi, Amma
Sant Kirpal Singh (M) 
U.G. Krishnamurti (A) (Uppaluri Gopala)
Shri Paramahamsha Mahendranath (M) aka Dadaji
Mother Meera (D)
Franklin Merrell-Wolff (A) 
Neelam (A) aka Katherine
Yug Purush Acarya (Maha)mandaleshwar Swami Parmanandji (M) 
Tony Parsons (A) aka Sw Bodhisattva
Prahlad Chandra Brahmachari (D)  
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (M)
 
Isaac Shapiro (A) 
Alexander Smit (A)
Lama Surya Das (M) aka Jeffrey Miller
Swami Tejomayananda (A)
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (M)
Vernon Kitabu Turner (F) aka ZM Kitabu Roshi 
Lama Thubten Yeshe (M)
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (M)
Metta Zetty (A)

Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj (D) aka Bubba Free John, Franklin Jones, Da Free John, Dau Loloma, Da Love-Ananda, Da Avadhoota, Da Kalki, Da Avabhasa, Da Avatar
Acharyaji (M)
aka Shri Acharya Abhidhyanananda Avadhuta, Rev. Fr. Anatole Ruslanov
Aja Thomas (A) aka Aja Acharya
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov (F) 
Arjuna Nick Ardagh (M) aka Swami Shantamo
Shri Haidakhan Babaji (D) asa Herakhan
Deepak Chopra (F)
Dadaji (D) aka Rev. Dada, Rev. Pandurang Vaijnath Athavale Shastri
Dadashri (A) aka Ambalal Muljibhai Patel, Dada Bhagwan
John de Ruiter (A) 
Swami Guru Devanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj (M)  
Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda 
Swamiji (D)
aka Satyanarayana
Joel S. Goldsmith (D)
Marshall Govindan Satchidananda (M)
Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath (M) aka Sidhoji Rao Shitole
Hazrat Pir (M)
aka Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Shah Angha, Pir Oveyssi
Vernon Howard (M)
Catherine Ingram (A)  
Jetsunma Ahkön Norbu Lhamo (D)
aka Alice (Alyce) Zeoli, Catharine Burroughs
Sri Jinendra Swami (A)  
Swami Kaleshwar (D) aka Kali, Sri Sai Kaleshwara
Shri Swami Lakshman Joo Raina (M)
Barry Long (A) 
Master Mantak Chia (M)  
Sri Narayani Amma (D)
 
Sant Rajinder Singh (M)

Yogi SAA Ramaiah (M) aka Yogiar 
Ram Dass (F) 
Baba Bhagwan Ramji (D) aka Aghoreshwar Mahaprabhu Bhagwan Ram
Hazrat Khwaja Salahud-Din Shah (D)
Helen Schucman (M)
Rudolph Steiner (M)
Pak Subuh (M) aka Bapak Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo
Vasant Swaha (M) aka Swami Prem Vasant
William Thetford (M)
Neale Donald Walsch (M)

Swami Sri Adhyatmananda (M)
Adnan Sarhan (M)  
Sri Sri Sri Appaji (D) 
Pujyapad / Param Pujya Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu (D) aka Pujya Bapuji, Asumal Thaumal, Bapu
Helena (Madame) Blavatsky (F)
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (M) aka Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.
Master Charles (M) aka MC Cannon, Swami Vivekananda
GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui (F) aka Samson Lim Choachuy
Andrew Cohen (A) 
Aleister Crowley (F) aka Edward Alexander
Eli Jaxon-Bear (A) aka Elliot Jay Zeldow
Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi (D) aka HDG RaRiaz Gohar Shahi
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj (D)

Gurudeva (D)
aka Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Bob Hansen
Anand Murti Guru Maa Ji (D) 
Steven Harrison (M) 
Sri Kalki Bhagavan (D)
aka Avatar Sri Muktheshwar Bhagavan, Kalki Avatar, Vijayakumar Naidu
JZ Knight (F) aka Judith Darlene Hampton
Li Hongzhi (F) 
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (D) aka Shri Maharaj Ji, Ram Kripalu Tripathi 
Paul Lowe (M) aka Swami Ananda Teertha
Lubavitcher Rebbe (F) aka Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (M) aka Mahesh Prasad Varma, Mahesh Kumar Srivastava
Drunvalo Melchizedek (F)  
John Morton (F)
 
Paramahansa Muktananda (M)  
Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamigal (D) aka Rajasekaran
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda (D) aka Venkateshwar Rao, Subhash Shetty
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati (D)  
Shri Parthasarati Rajagopalachari (D) aka Chariji
Sri Swami Rama (M)
aka Brij Keshore Kumar
Rev Swami (Baba) Ramdev (M) aka Ramkishan Yadav
Andrew Rymer (X) 
Sangharakshita (M) aka Dennis Lingwood
Saniel Bonder (M)
Sri Swami Satchidananda (M)
Phil Servedio (A)  
Dr / Master Zhi Gang Sha (F) 
Sant Thakar Singh (M)
Sri Michael Turner (M)
Prem Tyohar (D) aka Moshe Kastiel
Christian Anders (F) aka Lanoo
Michael Barnett (M) aka Swami Anand Somendra
Rabbi Philip S Berg (F) aka "The Rav," Feivel Gruberger
Paramahamsa Thakura Sri Srila Badrinarayana Bhagavata Bhusana Guru (F)  
AC Bhaktivedanta (D) aka Srila Swami Prabhupada, Abhay Charan De
Sri Chinmoy (F) aka Chinmoy Kumar Ghose
David (F) aka David Hoffmeister
Huzur Dayal Sahab (M) aka Dr. Agam Saran Sahab
Avatar Louix Dor Dempriey (D) aka Louie Bonanno, Bhagavan Sri Pranananda
Werner Erhard (F) aka Jack (John Paul) Rosenberg
Lord Gourasana (D) aka David Swanson
Sri Darwin Gross (F) aka Dap Ren
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda (D) aka Malti Shetty
Dr David R. Hawkins (F)
 
Hilarion (F) 
David Icke (F)
 
INRI Cristo (D) 
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati (D) aka Joyce Green, Joya Santana, Joyce DiFiore, Joyce Cho
John-Roger (Hinkins) (F)
Kalindi (F) aka Kalindi La Gourasana, Carol Seidman
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (M)
Sri Harold Klemp (F)
The Lady (D) aka Lady Gayle
Dr Ilchi Lee (F) aka Seung Heun Lee
Frederick Lenz (F) aka (Zen Master) Rama, Atmananda
Grand Master Lu Sheng-Yen (F) aka Living Buddha Lian-sheng, S-Y L
Maharaji (D) aka Guru Maharaj Ji, Prem Pal Singh Rawat
Maitreya (D)

Maitreya Ishwara (M) aka Swami Anand Bhaskar
n0by (F) aka East (Erhard Anand Sudesh Thomas), Bhagwan Beast, etc
Satyam Nadeen (X) aka Michael Clegg
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (D) aka Nirmala Srivastava, Nirmala Salve
Nirmal Baba aka Nirmal Darbar
Nome (A) aka Jeffrey Smith, brother of Russell
Sri Gary Olsen (M) 
Dave Oshana (F) 
Harry Palmer (F)
Swami Sri Premananda (D) aka Prem Kumar
Elizabeth Clare Prophet (F)  
Robert Rabbin (F)  
(HH) Raël (F) aka Claude Vorilhon
Sri Srimad Swami Ramakrishnananda (D) aka (Rabeinu) David Har-Tzion, HH Srila Ramakrishnananda Swami Vishnupada, HDG Yogacharya Sat Guru Bhaktivedanta Ramakrishnananda Swami Maharaja
T Lobsang Rampa (F)
aka Cyril Henry Hoskins
William S. Sadler (F)
Sathya Sai Baba (D) aka Sathya Narayana Raju
Swami Deva Sarlo (F)
Dr Donald Burton Schnell (F) aka Prema Baba Swamiji
Dr Vijai S Shankar (A) 
Swami Shyam (M) aka Shyam Srivastava
Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (D)
aka Chris Butler

Jose Silva (F)
Dattatreya Siva Baba (F) aka Maharishi Brzee, Sri Siva, Dr Baskaran Pillai
Gary Smith (F) aka Gah Rah
Summum Bonum Amon Ra (F) aka Amen Ra, Claude (Corky) Rex Nowell
Edward Tarabilda (F) 
Tathagata (F) aka Samhan Lee
Paul Twitchell (F) aka Peddar Zaskq
(Zen Master) Umi (F) aka Tom Lodge, Swami Anand Purno
HH Master Wan Ko Yee (F) aka Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu, Dorje Chang Buddha III, etc

Marshall Herff Applewhite (F) aka Bo, Do
David Brandt Berg (D) aka Moses David
Shoko Asahara (F) aka Chizuo Matsumoto
Anne Hamilton-Byrne (F) aka Evelyn Grace Victoria Edwards

L. Ron Hubbard (F)
 
Daisaku Ikeda (D) 
Jim Jones (F) 
Luc Jouret (F) 
David Koresh (F) aka Vernon Howell
Rev Sun Myung Moon (D)
"The Teacher" (F)
Karen Elva Zerby (D) aka Katherine Rianna Smith, Mama Maria, etc 
The group of the "highest level" masters at three buds was historically subdivided into higher and higher levels, up to five buds. As this was the most suspect and subjective of the many suspect and subjective activities of this site, it has been suspended. For historical interest, and a further glimpse into my workings, these subdivided ratings have been preserved here, and a discussion of the process that led to this change here.

The Ratings at a Glance

    The ratings are:

= the greats, helping many

= limited, maybe not yet full stature 

= very limited, narrow approach or ideology, or still developing

= suspect but on balance positive

= suspect

= bogus, may have some value, who knows

= worse than bogus, no redeeming value

Unrated 

= too new, old or retiring, not enough info, or a "teacher" type
 

For a full description of the rating and category 
system and how it works, Click here 
For a separate in-depth discussion of the 
rating characterizations, Click here

If your favourite figure is not listed, send in the info (Feedback) and i'll be happy to include, although i will keep it short. And if your favourite figure is here, but underrated or categorized wrongly, let me know and i'll have another look. No flamers please. Most ratings, it will be perceived, are in the low range (one to two buds). This in many cases reflects an unfamiliarity with the figure in question (along with an uninformative web site), the willingness to give them a little slack but unwillingness to rate them too high until they establish themselves, especially considering the harm that a phony can do. See also Disclaimer.

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