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.


Three Month Vedanta Course – Carbondale Colorado – 2018 – James Swartz


ShiningWorld proudly presents a three-month donation-based course that teaches the essence of Vedanta at True Nature Healing Center in Carbondale, Colorado — May, June and July 2018.  Details are included below and are posted at  Recommended reading is available at

1. Karma – Karma Yoga – May 2018

Appropriate use of free will.  The month of May is dedicated to a systematic study of the topic of karma, action, as it is revealed in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the three canonical texts of Vedanta.  We will investigate the nature of the individual, the person you have come to believe you are, the one who does action to gain results in life.  We will discuss the motivations for actions in the context of an individual’s desire to be free of suffering.  We will explain why people suffer negative emotions...desire, anger, greed, fear, depression etc. and reveal a time-tested method for removing unwanted emotions—Karma Yoga—with the idea of preparing the mind for Self Inquiry. In this module we will examine in detail the material, psychological and moral laws operating in the field of life in which we act and how they impact on our psychology.  Properly understood, this inspiring teaching will release a torrent of positive energy that will produce a dramatic shift in your life.

This module is aimed at anyone who is dissatisfied with themselves or their lives and for reasonably satisfied people who know that there must be more to life but don’t know what it is.  James book, Essence of Enlightenment and a careful study of ShiningWord’s satsang section and/or viewing any ShiningWorld video on the Bhagavad Gita is recommended.  Swami Dayananda’s ‘Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita’ is also recommended. 

2. Love – The Yoga of Love – June 2018

Perhaps there is no greater cause of suffering than the need to love and be loved.  The month of June is dedicated to an inquiry into the topic of love as it is unfolded in the Narada Bhakti Sutras, a premier Vedantic text.  Not only do we have a physical body for doing action in the world, we have an emotional body, a heart, for giving and receiving love.  In this module we will discuss the spiritual path from A to Z in terms of five stages of love, the conversion of emotion into devotion, known as Bhakti Yoga.  The course develops the discrimination between the benefits and pitfalls of conditional dualistic love and limitless non-dual devotional love, which is non-different from the freedom we seek through our actions.  It presents the fundamental spiritual practices that cultivate the heart and qualify the mind for Self inquiry, which will be presented in the third module in July.  This course removes certain subtle confusions between love and knowledge, love and action and other ideas related to the path of love.  It takes up the topic of values and elucidates the effect of the three basic heart energies that condition and color our love.  It is particularly valuable as it brilliantly describes the personality of a fully enlightened Self actualized person who enjoys unconditional non-dual love and is capable of non-dual relationships.    

James’ Book, The Yoga of Love is recommended reading.

3. Knowledge – Self Inquiry – July 2018

Like the knowledge of karma, which is gained through yoga, the knowledge of the Self is gained through Vedanta, the path of s/Self inquiry, that culminates in non-dual vision, which is non-separate from non-dual love.  Vedanta is a systematic means of inquiry into three topics: (1) the world (2) the person that experiences the world and (3) the unseen factors that control the behavior of the world and impact unknowingly on the individual.  What you don’t know, you don’t know to your detriment.  In this module we will discuss the reason people seek freedom and non-dual love, the basic enlightenment myths operating in the spiritual world, the value of knowledge, the qualifications required for gaining and retaining knowledge, the importance of scripture and a qualified teacher, and the nature of the two unseen factors that need to become know: (1) the power in us that generates the perception of non-duality and (2) the non-dual nature of the Self.  Inquiry into the Self is a three stage inquiry into existence/consciousness itself which is non-separate from the self of every living being.  It provides the detailed methodology for discriminating the individual from the the limitless Self, which sets the Self free from its identification with the body/mind/sense complex. 

Recommended Reading:  The ‘Essence of Enlightenment’ or ‘Atma Bodh’ by James or ‘Vedanta, the Big Picture’ by Swami Paramarthanda, provides a straightforward overview of the path of Self inquiry for beginners and intermediate seekers.  ‘The Crown Jewel of Discrimination’ (Vivekachoodamani), details the means of Self knowledge, by Edwin Faust.  ‘Inquiry Into Existence’ (Panchadasi), an advanced text on Self knowledge, delves into the nuances of Vedanta and is recommended only for advanced inquirers.   

Registration and Donations: $100/Month at True Nature in person or on livestream to cover the cost of the venue.  The course of donation based.  It is not free. In the event that you do not find the course valuable, you have invested nothing and are free to leave.  Devotions go to James Swartz directly. Participate in person or via the web livestreaming. Participate in all or a portion of the offerings as you see fit.

True Nature Healing Arts, Carbondale, CO is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand. Send inquires to

True Nature also offers yoga classes, health giving organic food, spa services, and the True Nature Peace Garden with labyrinth and reflexology path. Carbondale is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand. 

Lodging: Short & long-term rentals to be worked out - shared housing and rooms in local homes. There are over 60 VRBO and AIRB&B’s Carbondale. Camping nearby.

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Event Date 05-08-2018
Event End Date 07-22-2018
July 28-29  2018

Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley

Address: 933 Parker Street, Studio 38, Berkeley, CA 94710

Registration Required

Text: The Yoga of The Three Energies
Event Date 07-28-2018
Event End Date 07-29-2018

South Africa, Cape Town 4th – 14th October 2018 

View Kalk Bay Harbor 



Venue: Kalk Bay Theatre ( ) 

Event Organizer: Megan Knight:,

  1.       tel: +27 82 9514977 

Registration - Seat Fee:  To secure your seat a fee of $25 per person is required. This is not part of your donation as it goes to cover the cost of the venue. 

To Register send $25 to 


As it is prohibitively expensive to find a live-in venue for the event, our organizer, Megan Knight has negotiated a great deal with Chartfield Guest House (, which has wonderful accommodation.  They can accommodate up to 36 people (sharing) in their main accommodation and have a few other options in terms of houses and self-catering options that they also manage.  They offer a range of reasonable rates, are incredibly well run, have a swimming pool and very importantly, have more than enough off-grid water should water shortage still be a challenge come October.  Non-resident attendees can join in by bringing lunch with them and have access to the facilities, such as the pool. 

Other Options: 

Kalk Bay Guest House (

Airbnb: There are also heaps of options available for every price range - this is a tourist village, so is set up to accommodate out-of-towners.  

Please Note: A few important points 

1. You need to book directly with the Chartfield Guest House to receive the free breakfast. For people who require accommodation, we suggest you book soon - October is empty of tourists for now due to people’s concerns about water but will fill up quickly; it’s a fantastic time of year weather-wise too.

2. We would like to have as many out of town people book with Chartfield if possible, so we can try to make the seminar a shared experience.

3. All who book accommodation with any options in Kalk Bay must mention that you are part of the seminar Megan Knight is organizing as she is well in the area.

4. If you are staying in Kalk Bay, a taxi from the airport will get you there, and you will not need a car as everything is within walking distance.  There’s a train for trips further afield, and Uber works perfectly and is incredibly cheap.


Event Date 10-04-2018
Event End Date 10-14-2018

Dates: 26 Jan. 2019 - 9th Feb. 2019

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

Contact: Email:
Tel: 34 856 023 631

Link to website:

Text:  To Be Announced

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 01-26-2019
Event End Date 02-09-2019