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Many consider Atmananda Krishna Menon one of the three titans of Twentieth Century advaita teaching; a short list that also included Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. He was unique in that he held a career as a legal advocate for the government and an Inspector with the police.
Born in 1883, it is said that Krishna Menon prayed incessantly throughout his life to meet a true sat guru, an authentic teacher or enlightened rishi/saint. Eventually, this led to his first encounter in Calcutta with a Swami Yogananda, not to be confused with Parmahansa Yogananda, the guru who introduced many westerners to Kriya Yoga and meditation.
His meeting lasted only one night, but altered the course of his life. Practicing Bhakti and Raja Yoga as well as jnana yoga, the path of knowledge, Krishna Menon realized the Self in 1923, becoming known as Sri Atmananda. Later, after he began to teach, he only used jnana yoga, openly criticizing Bhakti and Raja Yogas.
He credited his professional career with helping him uncover Truth, in that the high level of activity offered the maximum temptations and obstacles. This is particularly significant to Western students, who live in a modern culture of distraction and temptation that is unequaled.
Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon deeply influenced many westerners, including John Levy, who wrote "The Nature of Man According to Vedanta" regarding Atmananda's approach, and Wolter Keers, the Dutch student of Sri Atmananda and Ramana Maharshi. Click here for more information on Wolter Keers. Ananda Wood, a direct disciple of Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, wrote extensively on him, as well.
Sri Atmananda was an important influence on Jean Klein and, because of this, on his students, including Francis Lucille.
In an effort to offer a fuller body of work, we offer "Some Teachings from Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon)", and also "Notes on Spiritual Discourses".
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