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





Join James at MundoSundaram, ShiningWorld Spain!

Event Date 03-15-2020
Event End Date 03-21-2020
Individual Price €50.00
Reigate, England - April 3-5, 2020



James Swartz teaching The Yoga of Three Energies




Are you aware of how your states of mind help or hinder
living the truth of who you are? If so, this seminar is for you 
because it gives you the tools required to manage your mind and emotions. 

The Yoga of the Three Energies (Gunas)

April 3-5, 2020  Reigate, Surrey, England

Schedule:  Friday, April 3, 7:30 PM Introduction
Saturday, April 4  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (2 hour lunch break) 
Sunday, April 5,  10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (1.5 hour lunch break)

For Information and to Register click here: http://www.yogaananda.co.uk/pages/workshops 


Suggested Reading: https://www.shiningworld.com/site/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=20_26&product_id=173







Event Date 04-03-2020
Event End Date 04-05-2020
– The Kena Upanishad –
Vedanta Seminar with James Swartz in Berlin
April 30th – May 3rd 2020
James Swartz is leading a 3 days non-residential Vedanta course in Berlin-Steglitz. This course will be an extraordinary and inspiring opportunity to learn and practice the fundamental principles and methods of Vedanta – the Science of Self Inquiry – with a great teacher.


James Swartz 

If you are interested in taking your spiritual questions further and would like to understand your true nature, the nature of the mind and of the world, this retreat will be of great value. Freedom and lasting happiness are the result of this knowledge. The course is not merely an academic or intellectual exercise. It is a dynamic traditional teaching that engages the participants in such a way that it produces insight into the nature of reality.

Vedanta is a means of Self inquiry, one of the oldest and most successful enlightenment tradition in the world. Information about this unique path is available on James' website www.shiningworld.com His books, “The Essence of Enlightenment” and “Yoga of the Three Energies”, among others, beautifully present the path of understanding.

James Swartz (Ramji) is one of the very few authentic Vedanta teachers in the world today. He studied in the late 1960's and early 1970's under the guidance of Swami Chinmayananda, one of India’s most respected sages. Since then James has taught Vedanta to thousands of students the world over. His ability to teach authentic Vedanta in plain modern English and to present the teaching in a lively, humorous and provocative way is exceptional.

Text: This seminar will be based on the Kena Upanishad.

Text here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HuN1ly6E_NutJArV0NGgcR_W1VPrC1bX

Course language is English. There will be no translation into German.

Venue: This non-residential course will be held at Egnoka, Akademie für Kampf- und Lebenskunst, Schützenstraße 7, 12165 Berlin-Steglitz. The venue is in a vivid neighborhood in Berlin-Wilmersdorf with many cafés and restaurants.

Accommodation: This seminar is non-residential. Out-of- town participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. There are a couple of Hotels close by. We recommend Hotel Anna 1908 (https://lindemannhotels.de/hotel-berlin/anna-1908/ 15 min. to walk) or Steglitz International (https://www.si-hotel.com/, 5 min. to walk). You may also check airbnb.com (enter ‘Rathaus Steglitz, Berlin’ in the ‘where do you want to go’ field) to find a private room or apartment in the neighborhood.

Schedule (preliminary): The course will start on Thursday night at 19:00 and will end on Sunday, around 13:00.

Check-in on Thursday                         18:30 – 19:00

Introduction                                        19:00 – 21:00 (Thursday)

Morning Talk 1                                   09:00 – 10:15 (Fri. – Sun.)

Morning Talk 2                                   10:45 – 11:45 (Fri. – Sun.)

Morning Talk 3                                   12:00 – 13:00 (Fri. – Sun.)

Lunch break                                        13:00 – 15:00 (Fri. – Sat.)

Talk 4 / Satsang / Q&A                       15:00 – 17:00 (Fri. – Sat.)

Price: Course price is €50. The fee for the teacher is not yet built into the price as James has graciously agreed to do the course on a donation basis. Donations are voluntary and may be given at the end of the course.

Further Information and Application: For any questions regarding the course please email Matthias at RamjiSeminar@gmail.com . Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. To apply please send Matthias an email with your contact details.




Event Date 04-30-2020
Event End Date 05-03-2020

Transcending Samsara



If you are interested in understanding your true nature, the nature of the mind and of the world, this retreat will be of great value. Freedom and lasting happiness are the result of this knowledge. The course is not merely an academic or intellectual exercise. It is a dynamic traditional teaching that engages the participants in such a way that it produces insight into the nature of reality.

Vedanta is a means of Self inquiry, one of the oldest and most successful enlightenment traditions in the world. Information about this unique path is available on James' website www.shiningworld.com His books, “The Essence of Enlightenment” and “Yoga of the Three Energies”, among others, beautifully present the path of understanding.

James (Ramji) is one of the few authentic Vedanta teachers in the world today. He studied in the late 1960's and early 1970's under the guidance of Swami Chinmayananda, one of India’s most respected sages. Since then he has taught Vedanta to thousands the world over. His ability to teach Vedanta in plain modern English and to present the teaching in a lively, humorous and provocative way is exceptional.


Text: Direct-Experience/KnowledgeShankaracharya's Aparoshanubhuti

Link to the text:  
https://shiningworld.com/site/files/pdfs/publications/
commentary/Aparokshanubhuti.pdf


By Donation: 
In keeping with the teaching tradition of Advaita Vedanta a donation according to your means is required to defray James travel expenses and support and ShiningWorld

To Register: 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QO86O6tJpW7N9mQHodHVrRjxKiye2Z9B

Venue:  Yoga-Vidya, Bad Meinberg, Germany


Schedule:

Friday, May 8

7:30 PM -  Introduction


Note:  Please don't miss the introductory talk as it explains how to get the maximum benefit from this teaching.  It will not be repeated on Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 9

09:30 - 12:00 AM

3:30 - 5:30 PM
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 10

9:00 - 11:00 AM







Event Date 05-08-2020
Event End Date 05-10-2020
Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada's Karika




Text:  Mandukya Upanishad & Karika

This popular and often misunderstood text is considered the ‘king’ of the Upanishads because its simple elegant logic in the hands of an accomplished teacher easily removes the belief that the self is a finite entity, revealing its limitless fullness.  The famous commentaries of Gaudapada, a great sage of the Vedantic sampradaya, presents a radical creation teaching, non-origination.  Creation teachings are important because the Upanishads unequivocally state that reality is non-dual consciousness/existence.  If it is, then how can we explain the presence of duality, which we continually experience? 




Available here:  https://www.shiningworld.com/site/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=20_26&product_id=181

By Donation

Vedanta teaching is not a profession although Jame teaches it professionally.  In the great tradition of Advaita Vedanta the donation, which is not voluntary, is called guru dakshina.   You contribute to the teacher and the teaching tradition according to your means and your appreciation of the spiritual value of the teaching. 

Registration

The registration fee covers the cost of the venue and incidental
expenses incurred by the organizers, not the teaching itself.  To register please send an email informing Suus (suus2m@hotmail.com) that you have sent €25 to NL86RABO 0315783850, S. Groot.   Subject: Vedanta and your name. Suus will reply to your email confirming your reservation.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  Oversees transfer is also possible
and you will need the BIC of the Rabobank (Swift address) to do this: RABONL2U

Venue

We are happy to host this non-residential course in the MOC building again. The address is: Lindenlaan 75, 1175 LC Amstelveen, The Netherlands.  Course language is in English. There will be no translation into Dutch.
 
Schedule 

Friday Registration after 18.30  
Introduction starts at 19.00 - 21.00 (with a break)
Note:  Please don't miss the introductory talk as it explains
how to get the maximum benefit from this teaching. 
It will not be repeated on Saturday morning.
Saturday 10.00- 17.00 with breaks
Sunday  10.00 - 16.00 with breaks
Event Date 05-15-2020
Event End Date 05-17-2020