During a seminar on self-enquiry and the spiritual path from the perspective of Vedanta, I managed to get the authentic Advaita Vedanta teacher James Swartz aka Ramji for an interview.
James Swartz – authentic advaitin
James Swartz is an inconspicuous nice old man, what is noticeable is that he comes across very relaxed. But that is not surprising for someone who is over 70. When he begins to speak, it is the purest teaching of Advaita Vedanta that bubbles out of him, completely clear and practical. He combines his teachings with a lot of humor and practical examples, so that one is gradually introduced to the ancient teaching of nonduality. I am really very enthusiastic (as you can tell) and would highly recommend his texts, videos, seminars and books to every spiritual seeker.
In this approximately 60 minute dialogue, I interview him about the nature of awakening, the path to liberation, and the major obstacles to self-realization. He has a great sense of humor and a razor sharp mind, despite his realization of being the Self (or certainly because of it) he is very down to earth and unspectacular. I drew a lot from the time I was able to spend with him and was able to put some pieces of the puzzle together for myself. I hope this interview is helpful to you and will clear up misconceptions about Moksha, awakening, self-realization, God-realization, enlightenment, or whatever you want to call it. I think especially from the perspective of yoga, where it is about action, this interview will shake up some things. Because it becomes clear: We can’t do anything to achieve it, because it’s all about realizing.
So here is the 60 minutes interview with James Swartz, completely in english