Akilesh Ayyar ayyar at akilesh.com
Tue Apr 16 00:43:10 EDT 2019

Actually, Rupert Spira has been very familiar with Vedanta for a long time.

>From the bio on his website (

"Rupert Spira first came across the poetry of Rumi at the age of fifteen in
1975. Shortly afterwards he learned the Mevlevi Turning, a sacred Sufi
dance of movement, prayer and meditation, at Colet House in London.

Soon after this he met his first teacher, Dr. Francis Roles, who was
himself a student of Shantananda Saraswati the Shankaracharya of the North
of India,. Under Dr. Roles’ guidance he learned mantra meditation and was
introduced to the classical system of Advaita or Non-Duality. This formed
the foundation of his interest and practice for the next 25 years."

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 12:33 AM sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> Sri Rupert Spira says :    "Just  as  the  screen  is  intimately  one
> with  all  images  and,  at  the  same  time,
>  free  of  them,  so  "I",  the light  of
>  pure  Knowing,  am  one  with  all
>  experiences  and  yet  at  the  same
>  time  inherently  free  of  them."
> Is  not  this  teaching  same  as  that  of
>  Bruhadaranyaka Upanishad  "asaMgO  hi  ayaM  purushaH"
>  and Sri Shankara's  statement  " AtmA  sarvagatatvAt
>  sarvAnanyatvAcca"?
> The  reader  may  kindly  note  that Sri  Rupert  Spira,
> an  Englishman,  has  not  studied  any  vedanta texts
>  nor  has  read  Sri Shankara's  commentaries.
> Yet  his  statements  are  nothing  but  the  teachings
>  of  Upanishads  and  Sri  Shankara.  How  to  account  for  this?This
> clearly  shows  that  Atmajnana  is  universal  andnot  the monopoly  of  a
> country,  sect  or  any  Matha.
> With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy
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