Advaita Vision

Advaita for the 21st Century

Traditional Teachers - Others


Aja Acharya

Aja - Aja Thomas, aka Aja Acharya, founded the Atma Institute in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches traditional Advaita along with Sanskrit, one of the very few western teachers to offer this. He is also the author of the book: 'In This Moment! - Teachings on the Nature of Consciousness'. The site offers some of his writings, along with details of schedules and special weekend courses.
" The Bhagavad Gita tells us that, "There is a banyan tree with its roots up and branches down. The real form of this tree cannot be perceived in this world." In other words, this is the world of misperception, and as long as we exist within this world we are bound to persist, as a habit of mind, in the realm of misperceptions and concepts. "


James Swartz - studied with Swami Chinmayananda and teaches very much according to traditional principles, being outspoken against the new approaches which attempt to circumvent the proven methods. Since the publication of his excellent book 'How to Attain Enlightenment', his popularity has justly grown considerably and he is actively teaching around the world.

"Were it made known what it actually takes for self realization, the spiritual world would shrink to the size of a pea overnight... The one who pursues it with single pointed devotion is a salmon swimming upstream in the powerful river of life."

James Swartz

See also the Organisations in India page, since all of these will usually teach essentiall traditonal advaita.


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