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

What is a Non-dual Relationship?

Life is a relationship with one’s self and others.  Relationships only work when they are based on love.  In dualistic relationships each person relates as a unique individual and is usually unaware of the non-dual factor.  They are consequently subject to conflict and unhappiness.  A non-dual relationship, which is rare but entirely possible, takes differences into account but is not disturbed by them because it is based on the knowledge that, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, we share a common identity, the nature of which is unconditional love.  Consequently, these relationships are free of conflict and full of happiness.   In this seminar James and Isabella unfold the ancient science of non-duality as it applies to our emotional selves. 

Event Date 04-06-2019
Event End Date 04-06-2019

Self Inquiry -  The Big Picture
This seminar unfolds the complete logic of the spiritual path as revealed by Vedanta, the world's oldest and foremost means of enlightenment and explained in clear modern English by James in his best-selling book, The Essence of Enlightenment.  It starts with an examination of our fundamental drive for freedom, debunks the enlightenment myths contaminating the modern spiritual world, presents a compelling case for a disciplined approach to Self inquiry and discusses the basic techniques for transforming heart and mind into a luminous reflector of truth.  

Hosted by the YogaAnanda Holistic Center, 46 Albert Road North, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9EL

To Register contact
Tel 07808 060232

The venue is 35 minutes from London Waterloo and Victoria train stations and 20 minutes from London Gatwick airport.


Event Date 04-07-2019
Event End Date 04-07-2019

The Self is Bliss 

The ever-present Self is experienced as being, awareness and bliss.  This seminar unfolds Vedanta's teachings on bliss based on Chapters 11-15 of Vidyaranya's Panchadasi and the Narada Bhakti Sutras.  


Inquiry into Existence (Panchadasi) available here:


The Yoga of Love (Narada Bhakti Sutras)  available here: 

Details and Application

Seminar by Donation  

Event Date 04-12-2019
Event End Date 04-15-2019
12 Month Vedanta Course in German
Yoga Vidya Cologne
with Vedamurti 

12th April 2019 - March 2020
           Vedamurti Schönert, Sita Devi Hindrichs, Alexandra Rohlje
  Meetings every two weeks. Talks on a Vedantic text. Questions and answers. Yoga Vidya Cologne, Germany.

Vedamurti Dr. Olaf Schönert - Yoga teacher, experienced instructor for Yoga teachers, Yoga Vidya Acharya, meditation teacher, systemic counselor. Attracted to knowledge from a young age he studied Business Adminstration and worked for 16 years as lecturer, research assistant and with the last position as an assistant professor at german universities. Since 2006 living in Cologne in Germany teaching Yoga, working as a coordinator for 8 yoga centers, board member of the nonprofit association Yoga Vidya, bookauthor. Studied for several years with James Swartz, teaching Vedanta courses since 2015.

Vedanta Course Training Teachers in English:

Vedanta Course Training Information in German:

Event Date 04-12-2019
Event End Date 03-15-2020

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 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? 

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Event Date 04-19-2019
Event End Date 04-21-2019