Where to Start with Vedanta

For anyone seeking liberation, I highly recommend checking out Vedanta, particularly with James Swartz as teacher. James has been teaching Vedanta for over forty years. He is a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, and realized his true nature in the early 70s. James is my guru.

Vedanta is the ancient science of self-knowledge. It is a complete method for attaining liberation. It answers the questions that seekers can still have, even after decades of dedication to the quest for liberation.

Many of us were exposed to all kinds of teachings and teachers, but even after many years, do not feel satisfied. It begins to feel like liberation is not possible after all. But it is. Liberation is possible – you just need to get some false beliefs dispelled and be presented with the entire picture of what non-dual reality looks like. That is what is missing from other teachings.

Here is a page "About Shining World."

Here is a page on James’ Shining World website which is for absolute newcomers who want to know what Vedanta is.

Here is a "Beginner's Course" page for those ready to jump into the teaching. It gives detailed recommendations for what to read and watch.

A great place to start is to read either of James’ books, either the original “
How to Attain Enlightenment,” or his newer version of the same material, “The Essence of Enlightenment.” Both are excellent and will clear up a lot for you.


Q: Do I have to learn Sanskrit?

A: No.

Q: Do I have to study scripture?

A: No.

Q: Do I have to learn chants?

A: No.

Q: Do I have to go to India?

A: No.

Q: Do I have to attend an in-person class with James Swartz?

A: No. But you will want to hear the whole teaching unfolded from beginning to end, because it is a complete logical progression. Shining World offers recordings in audio and video format of many classes. All classes in the “Beginner's Course" section cover the same material, so any one will do.

Please let me know if you have any questions about James or Vedanta.