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

The Complete Teaching 

During an interview a well-known modern teacher, now deceased, was asked for his “final” teaching and quickly changed the subject.  The question itself reveals a common misconception: freedom is not an event; it is the nature of the Self.  The belief that liberation from the thralldom of matter is a happening is based on the idea that reality is a duality, the world is an effect of a prior cause, and that a finite entity can produce actions that will generate a limitless result.  In fact, reality is non-dual —appearances to the contrary notwithstanding—, a “world” only appears in the human mind, and the one Self is already free.  Therefore, The notion that enlightenment can be “attained” requires an appreciation of the truth that what exists but is not known can only be gained by knowledge, that knowledge requires an appropriate means and that ignorance of our limitlessness is difficult to remove.  The belief that I am small, inadequate, limited and separate from everything cannot be permanently dismissed by a non-dual epiphany, the transmission of spiritual energy, or luck. 

Known for millennia, the “final” teaching “I am ever-free limitless unborn non-dual ordinary awareness/existence/love” is a well-kept secret and will only reveal itself in its fulness when the ignorance that hides it behind beliefs and opinions of every ilk is systematically and rigorously assaulted with a complete teaching.  Vedanta is a complete teaching.  It explains the paths of  love, action and knowledge with reference to our physical, psychological and spiritual selves.  A proven scientific scripture-based tradition, it connects character to values and love and leads a disciplined inquirer from the listening to the reflecting and on to the assimilation phases of self- inquiry with quiet confidence. 

I am giving the complete teaching three times this year because many Self realized individuals who are firmly committed to Vedanta find the steady bliss that should become a constant experience when a qualified person realizes "I am ordinary ever-free unborn ever-present unconcerned Awareness" is often obscured by unresolved emotions developed in childhood and overlooked during the listening and reflecting stages of the teaching.  Vedanta attracts intelligent people who often assume they know more than they do.  Mistakes in the reflecting stage are a consequence of improper hearing.  So it is incumbent that a dedicated inquirer go back to the beginning and listen again. Even when the hearing stage is completed correctly, failure at the reflecting stage is commonplace because of the mind's tendency to delude.  Mistakes at the reflecting stage carry over the assimilation phase, Self actualization.  Because Self deception is the nature of ignorance, all three stages of Vedanta need to be practiced under the tutelage of a qualified teacher.  To accept that you have more work to do when you believe that you are enlightened requires great humility.   

Text:  This seminar explains the complete teaching of Vedanta as unfolded in James' best-selling books, Essence of Enlightenment and How to Attain Enlightenment.  It will showcase signature teachings from Vedanta's most important texts:  Vivekachoodamani, Panchadasi, Bhagavad Gita, Narada Bhakti Sutras, the Three Gunas and Mandukya Karika.   

Warning !!! Only read James' best selling book, Essence of Enlightenment after you have attended this teaching if you are new to Vedanta.  If you are a dedicated inquirer
, try to forget everything you have read before you attend this seminar!   

Teaching by Donation:   Vedanta teaching is not a profession, although James teaches it professionally.  In the great tradition of Advaita Vedanta the donation, which is not voluntary, is called guru dakshina which means that you contribute to the teacher and the teaching tradition according to your means and your appreciation of the spiritual value of the teaching.  

Venue - Suriyalila:

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Week 1  

Saturday, January 25 — 7:30/ 9:00 pm  — Introduction

Sunday, January 26 — Friday, January 31

8:00/9:30 Yoga class (optional)

9:30/10:30 —  Breakfast 

10.30/11.30 — Session 1

11.30/12.00— Break

12.00/1.00 — Session 2

1:00/4:30 pm — Lunch, rest

4:30-5:30 — Session 3

5:30/6.00 — Break

6.00/7.00 — Session 4

7.00/8.00 Dinner

Saturday, February 1 -  Day Off

Week 2 

Sunday, February 2 — 7:30/9:00 pm. —  Introduction

Monday, February 3 — Friday, February 7

8:00/9:30 Yoga class (optional)

9:30/10:30 —  Breakfast 

10.30/11.30 — Session 1

11.30/12.00— Break

12.00/1.00 — Session 2

1:00/4:30 pm — Lunch, rest

4:30-5:30 — Session 3

5:30/6.00 — Break

6.00/7.00 — Session 4

7.00/8.00 Dinner




Event Date 01-25-2020
Event End Date 02-07-2020
Seminário Vedanta 2020 "PANCHADASI" - A LÂMPADA DO CONHECIMENTO Seleção de Versos - (IN PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE) Joanópolis - Brazil

PROFESSOR: Arlindo Nagar Moraes

Panchadasi é um abrangente manual do Vedanta composto por quinze capítulos, organizados em três seções para ilustrar os três aspectos de Brahman; Sat (Existência), Chit (Consciência) e Ananda (Felicidade ou Bem-Aventurança). Vidyaranya Swami conseguiu apresentar de uma forma eminente os fundamentos do Vedanta que sustenta que os meios diretos para a Libertação são encontrados apenas no conhecimento (Jnana), pois como a liberdade ilimitada é a própria natureza do Jivatma, essa não pode ser uma experiência que deve ser produzida através da ação (karma).

O único propósito da Vedanta é cancelar o sofrimento, e o faz elegantemente, aplicando conhecimento contra a ignorância da natureza não dual da realidade. Este é o tema desta maravilhosa análise do século XIV da Consciência-Existência-Felicidade (Sat-Chit-Ananda), os três aspectos da nossa real natureza real como Ser pleno.

PROGRAMAÇÃO: De 22 a 29 de fevereiro de 2020 às aulas de Vedanta serão das: 9h30 às 12h (1 intervalo de 20min) e 15h às 19h (2 intervalos de 20min)

OBS: são 8 dias de Seminário, porém, aqueles que não tiverem disponibilidade e se inscreverem para os 5 dias (22 a 26/fev) receberão, online, os vídeos gravados com a continuidade dos outros 3 dias de seminário.

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Event Date 02-22-2020
Event End Date 02-29-2020

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

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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 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.

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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 ( 15 min. to walk) or Steglitz International (, 5 min. to walk). You may also check (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 . 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