Shining World Events

James Swartz and Shining World hold satsangs and talks all around the world. From North America, to Europe, Africa, and India, James travels far and wide teaching Vedanta in a unique way that Westerners can appreciate. There is never any charge for the teaching, only to cover the cost of travel and expenses.

Upcoming events

Contact: Eaden Shantay:

Text:  The Essence of Enlightenment taught by James Swartz

Required Reading - Essence of Enlightenment by James Swartz (Ramji)

This course unfolds the timeless, complete teaching of Self inquiry i.e. traditional non-dual Vedanta.  Beginning with an analysis of our motivations for seeking enlightenment it proceeds to debunk many modern enlightenment myths, provides a clear definition of enlightenment,  discusses the requisite qualifications, the need for an impersonal teaching and a professional teacher.  It then discusses the nature of the self and finally introduces the various techniques (yogas) that remove the obstacles to one's understanding of oneself as ever-free limitless non-dual ordinary existence/consciousness.  

Teaching Schedule


Evening Session: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Morning Session: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Afternoon Session: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Evening Session: 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Morning Session: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Event Date 09-15-2017
Event End Date 09-17-2017


Seminar “Exploring Vedanta” in Southern Italy
with Arlindo Nagar (English language)
Text : Tattva Bodha
Thursday, September 28 at 7:00pm thru Sunday, October 1st at 12:00pm,

By Donation:  Vedanta is freely offered to all but the tradition requires students to make a donation according to their circumstances to cover travel expenses incurred by the teacher.  
Location: 13, Via San Primo, ACCIAROLI, 84068, Province of Salerno (120 km from Naples), ITALY.
Venue: Private house on a second block from the beach. Limited Space (their living room accommodates 15 people only.)
One can fly/travel to Naples and either rent a car at the airport (120 km from the venue), or take a bus or a train to Acciaroli. For more details regarding accommodation near to the venue, please contact Hans Jocher;  or  Arlindo;
PS – A warm and quiet place with clear swimming waters. A good opportunity to combine a late September vacation (when rates are low) with a Vedanta Seminar on Tattva Bodha,Adi Shankaracharya's famous introductory text on Vedanta. 
About the Place:
How to get there:
Event Date 09-28-2017
Event End Date 10-01-2017

Megan: (cell) 0829514977 (mail)
Daniel: (cell) 0725414144 (mail)

Teaching Times:
Friday eve (17th)
7:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday (18th)
9:30am - 12:30am
Break for lunch
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday (19th)
9:30 am - 12:30pm
Break for lunch
3:00 - 4:30pm

SEAT RESERVATION FEE: R 100 contribution for venue expenses.  

By Donation:  Vedanta is freely offered to all but the tradition requires students to make a donation according to their circumstances to cover travel expenses incurred by the teacher.  
Link to Venue:

Text:  Energy Management; Bhagavad Gita. 

Required Reading: Inquiry into Existence available here: 

Event Date 11-17-2017
Event End Date 11-19-2017

Dates: 28th January - 10th February 2018

Venue: Suryalila Retreat Centre
Cortijo La Fabrica,
Pago del Pajarete
11650 Villamartin (Cadiz)

Contact: Email:
Tel: 34 856 023 631

Link to website:

Link to Flyer:

Text:  Enlightenment and Energy Management:  Yoga of The Three Gunas

Enlightenment is freedom from dependence on objects, especially emotional states of mind that hinder our ability to accomplish our goals.  The ancient Science of Energy Management is a sophisticated set of simple principles that allow anyone to eliminate the thoughts and emotions that inhibit our ability to live creatively and to cultivate the energies that ensure success in any endeavor. 

The three universal energies that each of us experiences throughout the day are called ‘gunas,’ a Sanskrit word that means qualities.  The technique that allows us to control them is called Triguna Vibhava Yoga.  This Yoga originated in India several thousand years ago and is practiced, consciously or unconsciously, throughout the world today.   Successful people in every field have to varying degrees mastered some aspect of this science.   This seminar reveals the basic principles of the Yoga of the gunas and how to use them to transform your life, worldly or spiritual, into the life you always desired. 


Teaching Schedule:

  • 7.30-9.00 – Optional Yoga Class
  • 9.00-10.00 – Breakfast
  • 10.00-12.30 – Morning Satsang
  • 13.00-14.00 – Lunch
  • 15.30-17.30 – Afternoon Satsang
  • 18.30-19.30 – Dinner
  • Evening Q&A every other day
Event Date 01-28-2018
Event End Date 02-10-2017

Non-Residential Seminar

Text: To be announced

Link to Flyer:
Event Date 03-24-2018
Event End Date 03-27-2017