Page last updated 8 July, 2012
Advaita for the 21st Century
© Dennis Waite
2003 - 2012
Teaching which does not recognize the existence of teacher, seeker, path, etc and which attempts to communicate the nature of reality directly.
Links to databases of teachers, and sites listing dates for meetings and residential courses of primarily satsang teachers.
The following are the sections of the Teaching part of the site: -
Traditional and ‘quasi-traditional’ Teachers
There are many living teachers of Advaita in the world today, teaching in a variety of styles. Strictly speaking, the authentic teaching methodology has been passed down from teacher to disciple for well over a thousand years - this is called ‘sampradAya’ teaching. Since Shankara, aspects of the teaching of diverged such that we have, for example, the ‘neo-Vedanta’ of the Ramakrishna organization and the idiosyncratic teaching of sages such as Nisargadatta and Ramana Maharshi. Since the time of these two latter teachers, along with the eclectic and ‘renegade’ teacher, Osho, many new Western teachers have sprung up, claiming to teach in these new ‘traditions’. And, finally, there are those very new teachers who claim not to be teachers at all - the neo-Advaitins.
This section of the site aims to point to all of these resources, and to show the (relatively crude) ‘lineage’ charts in order to help the seeker find his way around.
This style of teaching stems from that of Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon (although the term itself might have been coined by Ramana Maharshi). Though non-traditional, this represents a rigorous, formal and logical approach.
An attempt to illustrate the development of Advaita, from the oral tradition of the Vedas around 1500 BCE through to the modern teachings of neo-Advaita
* Copied from ‘Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati’ by D. Venugopal
Non-traditional teaching provided via satsang only, by (usually) Western teachers who travel around the world giving short Q&A sessions or occasional residential course of rarely longer than 1 week.