Research:Spiritual Teacher

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Spiritual Teacher Gender: M
born on 5 June 1954 at 13:20 (= 1:20 PM )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Lisa
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 14°30' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 13°38 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°46'


American spiritual teacher and scholar of mystical traditions east and west. He had a spontaneous and profound awakening at age 16, prior to which he was, as he once put it, “just a dumb jock” in high school, with no previous acquaintance with, or interest in, religion or spirituality. Went on to spend time with Nisargadatta Maharaj in 1980/81. Despite his transformation, he does not consider himself a guru (i.e., someone to be worshipped, obeyed, or surrendered to), but more of a guiding friend.

Traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. Earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco from 1979-1988. He has published two books: a massive two-volume set on India's sages, and one on contemporary female mystics. He married late in life (~ 40), and never had children of his own. He is deeply devoted to his wife.



  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 1 February 1971 (Transformative spiritual awakening)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Lisa quotes him. Same data listed on the biographical section of his own website.


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Longtime vegan)
  • Traits : Body : Size (6' 5" tall)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (Rail thin)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (M.A. and Ph.D degrees)
  • Traits : Personality : Creative
  • Traits : Personality : Disciplined
  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Traits : Personality : Mystical
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Married at around age 40)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel (Traveled extensively in Europe and Asia)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Lived in for a while in Burma and Bombay for religious study)
  • Personal : Birth : Difficult birth (Born blue due to strangulation by umbilical cord)
  • Vocation : Religion : Spiritual Leader/ Guru (Spiritual teacher, not guru)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (2 compendia of sages and mystics)