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

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 you mind 

The Yoga of the Three Energies (Gunas)

October 31 - November 31, 2019  - James Swartz

For Information and to Register click here:

Suggested Reading:  Yoga of Three Energies available here:

Event Date 10-31-2019
Event End Date 11-03-2019

                               The Individual and the Total  (Jiva and Isvara)


Topic:  This seminar unfolds the fundamental relationship between the individual inquirer/devotee (Jiva) and the Creator of the World (Isvara), popularly known as God, as it is revealed in the Bhagavad Gita, the essence of the Upanishads, the source texts of Vedanta.  Vedanta is a scientific means of knowledge of  the essence of reality, non-dual eternal Existence/Consciousness, which is the source of the world and the living beings that inhabit it.  

By Donation.  Because truth is priceless and ShiningWorld is not a business, there is no charge for the teaching.  However, a donation is required in so far as James incurs travel expenses from Europe.  Registration requires a nominal fee of R 150 per person for the use of the School of Philosophy's kitchen and garden facilities for tea and lunch breaks.   


Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th:

9 30 am – 5 00 pm (with tea and lunch breaks)

Text:  Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 12) and The Yoga of Love (Narada Bhakti Sutras) 

Venue: School of Philosophy

20 Talana Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708

To book email Sundari:

Event Date 11-16-2019
Event End Date 11-17-2019

                                          Vedanta (Self Knowledge) - The Big Picture
                                                                                                November 28 - December 1


Teaching Schedule:

Thursday 28th:  Introductory talk

7 30 – 9 00 Pm

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 Friday morning.

Friday 29th – Sunday 1st

Morning Session - 9:30 to noon with 1/2 hour tea break.
Lunch: Noon to 2:00 PM
Afternoon Session 2:00 - 5:00 with 1/2 hour tea break. 

Questions and Answers 7:00 PM Saturday after dinner  

Text:  James Swartz best selling book, The Essence of Enlightenment, which unfolds the big picture logic of Vedanta, the world's most ancient and successful means of liberation from suffering.  Available as an ebook here

To Register: Email: or call Sundari at +34 605035747

The Venue:  Blue Waters Hotel, 175 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban - Telephone +27 031 327 7000 -  Blue Waters is a beautiful hotel situated on the Durban Waterfront, right opposite the Promenade and the beach.

To book Accommodations at the venue:  This seminar offers the option of in-house experience, which affords more opportunity to connect with James (Ramji) and other attendees staying at the hotel.  The owner, Stephen Jiran, has kindly put together a special offer for Vedanta attendees.  Single: R897.00 (including buffet breakfast) per night.  Double: R994.00 (including buffet breakfast) per night.  Call Stephen Jiran: Cell 0832970023, work: +27 031 327 7000 or email:  Quote Reference: Vedanta Conference

Alternative accommodation:

Belaire Suites Hotel next door

Event Date 11-28-2019
Event End Date 12-01-2019

Details to be announced presently
Event Date 01-25-2020
Event End Date 02-07-2020