My studies of Vedanta first began with a satsang (question and answer session) offered by Gangaji. At that time, more than 20 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. After thirty years of searching, I came across a book called, How to Attain Enlightenment, by James Swartz (Ramji) and I knew I had found a valid means of knowledge and a qualified teacher. I then read his more recent offering, The Essence of Enlightenment, and began to sit with him in seminars. I have been inspired by the accessibility, clarity and depth of James’ teachings. I have also found great support in James’ student Ted Schmidt, who is a qualified teacher in his own right.
When the student is ready, the teacher and teaching will present themselves.