My studies of Vedanta first began with a satsang (question and answer session) offered by Gangaji. At that time, more than 25 years ago, the concepts of non-duality were new to me. Soon after meeting Ganagji, I began to study with her husband Eli Jaxon-Bear, whose message hit home. Both of these neo-advaita (non-duality) teachers taught in the lineage of Sri Ramana Maharshi, a self-actualized saint who’s ashram now rests at the base of Arunachala in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. Both Eli and Gangaji were students of Papaji from Lucknow, India, a student of Ramana.
My studies in neo-advaita then led me to traditional Vedanta in the lineage of Swami Chinmayananda, and Swami Dayananda, two contemporary teachers of Vedanta in the tradition of the 8th century sage, Sri Adi Sankaracharya.
I greatly benefited from extended in-person teachings with James Swartz (Ramji), author of How to Attain Enlightenment and The Essence of Enlightenment and other wonderful commentaries.
Along with Ramji, I have greatly benefited from another living teacher, Swami Paramarthananda, who resides in Chennai, India. Swami P, is truly one of the great present day teachers of traditional Vedanta.
Swami Paramarthananda and Ramji below: