Gallery of My Teachers

These are pictures of people who have been teachers of mine. I owe them more than just putting their mugs on this web site, but this much at least I can do.

His Highness, Art Kleps
Chief Boo Hoo of the Neo-American Church. My first guru, the Chief taught me how to really think and introduced me to the world of letters in a way that even a liberal arts education had not done. Unfortunately mad as a hatter, he was nonetheless brilliant and an uncompromising professor of a philosophy called solipsistic nihilism. He revered Nagarjuna and Hume, had his doubts about Shankara, and never gave an inch on what he thought or believed. I never discarded what I learned from Art; our parting of the ways was due to the fact that I learned some other stuff which, while true, was incompatible with his particular viewpoint.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
The greatest mystic of the modern era and (many say) an avatar. No one has ever, to my knowledge, lit the path of meditation, transcendence, and ecstasy like he did. He also was a jnani and taught Vedanta to all his closest disciples. I encountered him in a book at the age of 15, and still continue to learn from his life. This is a photo of him in samadhi.

Yogi Amrit Desai
He opened my heart to love of the highest sort. What more can I say?

Swami Kripalvananda
Yogi Desai's guru. He is better known as Bapuji, Dear Father.

Bapuji's guru. The story of their magical relationship is told in "Light From Guru to Disciple" by Rajarshi Muni, another of Bapuji's close disciples. Dadaji means Dear Grandfather.

Paul Foster Case
A classically trained orchestra conductor, he was one of the 20th century's foremost scholars and teachers of Tarot, Qabala, Astrology, and Alchemy. If you haven't encountered Dr. Case's teachings, the use to which he put these studies was quite different from the vulgar fortune-telling with which they are most often associated. He founded the Builders of the Adytum, which continues to make his teachings available. There are enough lessons, taken one per week, to last for 15 years. Hint: it's all about transformation.

Joseph Nolen
Where would I be without him? He is all over these pages, although since I have tried not to identify any one of the authors, you would have to figure what's his. Bet you could though. His voice is clear and insistent. He has had a remarkable career, which for reasons of space I will not try to compress here. Hopefully some day there will be a collection made of his various lectures and writings. It will be a classic. Humorous, incisive, and human as can be.