To know Ram, as he calls himself, is to love him. James’ life has been an exotic journey around the world including a heavy dose of Indian lore, mahatmas and supernatural stories thrown in. To fully hear from whence he has come would require a book. That book has been written (click here). An “Indiana Jones meets Shiva” story from top to bottom. What is fascinating about James’ story is that he abandoned all hope of Moksha and returned to the United States, where he finally met his true Guru, Swami Chinmayananda.
Swami Chinmayananda was a very famous and highly respected Indian holy man, studying for years with Swami Shivananda on the Ganges River. As popular as Vivekananda, Chinmayananda attracted thousands of devotees in every city he travelled to throughout the world.Founding the on-going Chinmayananda Mission, he wrote dozens of compositions on the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita.
James can unfold one ancient text after another, with the same precision as his teacher, the great Chinmayananda, yet with a western vantage point and a mirthful touch throughout.
James has helped de-mystify Vedanta for the Western audience. He has been patient and tireless in these efforts, all the while radiating the sparkle in his eyes and playful humor in his talks.
Check out the “ARTICLES” in the right side bar for some of James’ short articles on Vedanta, e.g. What is Advaita? All of these ARTICLES are downloadable PDFs. You can also visit our Articles page or click here for all of James’ articles.
StillnessSpeaks recorded more than 20 hours of James’ work – click here to view a subset of James’ videos, in our library, as he explains, in plain English, the complex discoveries of the Rishis in a simple down-home manner that has delighted his students throughout the years.
NOTE: The remaining set of FREE James’ video clips will be added to our video library in the near future – we will announce that via a blog post.
You can also purchase the Introduction to Vedanta DVD at Amazon. It is nicknamed “Treasure Hunt” because when one is bitten by Love for the Truth, life truly resembles one.
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