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. "