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.



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. 
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Event Date 09-28-2017
Event End Date 10-01-2017

October 13-15, 2017

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. 


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 10-13-2017
Event End Date 10-15-2017

The Crest Jewel of Discrimination
Vivekachoodamani by Shankaracharya 
“I honor the teacher, the limitless Self, whose nature is joy - who cannot be objectified by the senses and mind and who is known through the contemplation on the teachings of the Upanishads.”

Vivekachudamani describes the practice of Viveka, the discrimination between the real and the unreal.  The conscious eternal Self is real and the temporal experiences that present themselves to it - the 'not-self' - are unreal. Viveka is the crown jewell of Vedanta, the Science of Self Knowledge. It produces freedom from attachment to the cycle of births and deaths.  

Recommended Reading: The Crest Jewell of Discrimination by Edwin Faust available here:

Teaching by Donation as is customary in the Vedanta teaching tradition.  
Venue: Sunshine Guest House   http//www.   #5 Annamalai Nagar, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606603, India - Telefone +91 9566559159

Date: January 3rd to 23rd 2018 with Sundays off.
Schedule:  Morning 10 am to 12:30 pm with a break 
                   Afternoon 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm with a break 
Registration fee: $100 non-refundable for Arlindo's travel expenses

Paypal to: Arlindo Moraes:
For Information Contact:
In India:  Partheeban - phone/whatsup: +91-99943 63568  - Email;
In Europe;  Arlindo Nagar - phone/whatsup: Nagar  +39-320237-3538 – Email;
Arlindo JC Moraes (Nagar)
Home# +39-35-0630593 
Bergamo, Italy
Event Date 01-03-2018
Event End Date 01-22-2018

Seminar:  Self Inquiry - The Big Picture

This course covers the complete teaching of Vedanta from A-Z.  It is a live presentation of James' books, How to Attain Enlightenment and Essence of Enlightenment.  

For Information and to Register Contact:  


The seminar starts with the evening session March 11,  2018 and ends after the morning session on March, 16   2018

Text:  Essence of Enlightenment available here:

Participants should read Essence of Enlightenment in English or German.  The course is in English.

While the teaching is on a donation basis, participants need to register and pay for their accommodations.   

Daily Teaching schedule:

9 30 - 12 00

3 30 - 5 30

7 30 -  9 00

While there is not a charge for this event we rely on your donations to help defray our expenses and sustain the teachings. Your financial support is vital to the continuation of ShiningWorld.  A donation is appropriate.

Event Date 03-11-2018
Event End Date 03-16-2018