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    Brad Stephan

        Nebraska

                                                                                                                                    

Having read D.T. Suzuki, Evans-Wentz and Alan Watts in my youth in the late 60s and early 70s, I finally found Vedanta at age 40 in 1994 after reading ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Swami Yogananda, while living in Wichita, Kansas. Two years later, I discovered Sri Ramakrishna through reading ‘The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna’. I subsequently read many books about Sri Ramakrishna by Chetanananda, Isherwood and many others. Interestingly, it was not until 2014, the day I retired as a hospice nurse, that Advaita Vedanta fully opened up to me after watching several hours of videos made by various contemporary non-duality teachers on Youtube. Sri Ramakrishna will forever be my Ishta Devata, while Shankara, Vidyaranya, Ashtavakra, Dattatreya, Nisargadatta, Eckhart Tolle and Sarvapriyananda are my primary Advaita teachers.

 

Advaita Vedanta is the only philosophy or spirituality that makes logical sense to me. How could Supreme Truth be more than one? It cannot. Unfortunately, I have never been initiated or even had any friends or associates to discuss it with. I have relied solely on the Inner Guru.

What Advaita Vedanta has given me is peace and contentment. Even though I have not yet achieved Moksha, I know beyond all doubt that whatever happens down here in Maya – all is well!

 

I am currently 67 and reside on 15 beautiful, rolling acres in central Nebraska.