"The Beautiful Woman in the Himalayas"
brings News of the
ethically rapacious and spiritually-false
The 'message' below is actually a compilation from a couple different sources, but being all persons who write to me are promised privacy, to protect various identities it was easiest to combine them all into one letter.
The facts stated are, I believe, accurate. The negative and perhaps insulting assessments and descriptions of James "Squirts" Swartz and his Sliming (Shining?) World are again, totally fact-based, as admitted to by Swartz himself.
So here is the "Combined Message":
It's a cloudy day here in what you call my "Himalayan Retreat." Cloudy but warm and humid. I trust that Heather, your group of friends, and you are all doing well in this zany world. I laughed about what your one friend sent about James Swartz being too mean to catch the Coronavirus. Also, the meme about "James Swartz-- The Donald Trump of Advaita Vedanta!" was fun, too.
Did you know there have been changes to the JS Sliming World website? There used to be a links page, which listed the official SW teachers, as well as other teachers that JS endorses. For years, Dr. Carol Whitfield and her website was listed. She was an old student of Swami Dayananda when he was still teaching under Swami Chinmayananda's auspices, and she and Swartz (you call him "Squirts") knew each other back then in the '70's.
Not so long ago a friend of mine had a lengthy conversation with one of Carol's old students, and in the conversation James Swartz's misteachings and crimes came up. The old student said that she once asked Carol about JS, and Carol made a grimace of disgust. She clearly felt strong disapproval of him. The subject was quickly changed. Carol never criticizes anyone, which is how true teachers behave (unlike Swartz, who spreads negativity and malicious gossip about so many other teachers). For her even to show that expression says a lot.
Related to this, the "Sliming World" Links page is redesigned completely, and two teachers, both Western students of Sw. Dayananda, are no longer there. One who is now omitted is (no surprise) Carol Whitfield, and the other is Swami Tadatmananda. This Swami is also very highly regarded as a Vedanta teacher. He is also known to be impeccable in his conduct.
There is also a new webpage for Squirts, his wife Sundari, and the Sliming World teachers he officially endorses.
One wonders-- did JS take them off of his site because it's hard for him to actually have links to ethical and "for real" teachers on it, or did they request to be removed?
Also, an obvious word of warning-- Any teacher trained by and endorsed by James Swartz is very likely one to be avoided.
Combined Message - Continued
And it looks like all the upcoming events are done via Zoom [www.shiningworld.com
] though it says that the talks in Berkeley and Trout Lake are "on hold until further notice."
It also states, "James enjoys travel but because he is in a high risk group he will not offer live teachings until there is more clarity with reference to the virus’ impact on air travel." So it looks like any plans for protesters to come down to Trout Lake are not necessary this year.
Yes, any teacher of integrity would likely be formally polite to Swartz, but would not wish his recommendation.
And if the Coronavirus were to have any positive side-effect
, keeping James Swartz out of direct contact with sincere, vulnerable, trustful, and hopeful human beings has to be one of them.