Philosopher of Consciousness
President of SPi, writer & broadcaster.
Currently in the Brecon Beacons
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I was a fossil-hunter and wanted to be an archaeologist, then later an architect. Fortunately, Srila Prabhupada turned me into Akhandadhi das
Wow, that’s a turnaround! What happened?
That path led me from academia into the exploration of consciousness through Vedanta and the practices of bhakti-yoga. I have been able to share these insights with millions through thanks to the generous broadcasting opportunities of the BBC
How do you relate ancient Vedanta philosophy and modern science?
I’ve always studied the latest science papers alongside my Vedanta reading, and I’m ever more amazed how each informs and elucidates the other
It sounds like you like to share the knowledge you have acquired; who might be your role model?
My whole idea of teaching was turned upside down by a brilliant educationalist called Sefton Davies. His approach perfectly encapsulated the Vedic approach expressed by W B Yeats: teaching is “lighting a fire; not filling a vessel.”
What are you brilliant and…and what are you terrible at?
You created the concept of the Atma Perspective…how is this model of reality going to change the world?
I turned from architecture when I realised that you can design the most beautiful buildings in the world, but inside them, people are crying. The tragedy of the modern age is that people are being fed the story that we are just insignificant specks of matter in a cold, uncaring universe, and facing oblivion when our body disintegrates.
The Atma Perspective can prove the fallacy of that voidist ideology. It restores our wonder of the world and can address the problems, anomalies and gaps in science and philosophy. It offers a new understanding of reality – one that reveals the nature of our self as a timeless conscious being. This supports our intuitive commitment to higher human values and purpose for our lives; and one which opens new dimensions of research, study and exploration in all of our sciences. And, it simultaneously provides the sound philosophical basis for the ethical application that must accompany the progress of all science and technology