Wolter Keers was one of the first to introduce Advaita Vedanta to the Netherlands.
Below are some excerpts about Wolter, from advaita info:
He travelled extensively in India during the 1950’s, becoming a disciple of both Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon. He returned and began teaching in Brussels during the 1970’s. In 1977, he founded a publication called Yoga Advaita (1977-1982) and Advaita. He was published in The Mountain Path, the magazine of the Ramanasramam. He also translated the book entitled, I am That, written by Nisagadatta Maharaj into Dutch.
Johan van der Kooij, writing about his teacher, Jean Klein, said Wolter was not typical:
“When I wanted to begin doing yoga, I met Wolter Keers. He absolutely didn’t fit the image of a yoga teacher in my eyes. He smoked and drank whatever he felt like …” …
“I was taken by his erudition and insight. Through him I came to know that there were more forms of yoga than the widely-known hatha-yoga (body yoga). I spoke with Wolter about spirituality, life questions and Self-realization once a week for two years. Wolter became a friend and teacher. My trip home began. To deepen this search Wolter introduced me to Jean Klein, an advaita-vedanta Guru who also gave instruction in Kashmir-yoga. “
The story of Wolter Keers’ death
“Shortly before his death in the 80s, he invited his friends to a party at his house in his hometown. At the end of the party, he informed his friends that he was going to give up his body. He prostrated to a large photo of Sri Ramana that he had placed on the floor. Then he placed a cushion in front of the photo, laid down his head on the cushion at Sri Ramana’s feet and passed away.” ~ excerpt from Bhagavan: Remembrances of Our Days with Ramana Maharshi.
Click here for Wolter Keers’ articles, in our library including Absent and The Rabbit In The Hat.
Our Wolter Keers’ Teacher page, which will be added shortly … and as is typical of our Teacher pages, it will provide a much more comprehensive view about Wolter’s background, teachings, and wisdom.
Image: From Amigo attribution details pending.
This post is a consolidated migration of two old Stillness Speaks posts (2009 and 2010).
Another outstanding Dutch teacher who knew Wolter Keers is Philip Renard, who also contributes to The Mountain Path. A new book by him is forthcoming soon, I believe; he already has some publications to his name, both in Dutch and English.
One of the most outstanding reads on Non Duality to this day.
Stillness Speaks will publish in the ‘near future’ some beautiful material written by Philip Renard. They are preparing it. Greetings, Hans Tibben
Yes We will be publishing Philip’s work in the near future … thanks to both Hans and Philip.
Thanks for taking the time to comment Alberto and Hans.