Christopher Hareesh Wallis was introduced to Indian spirituality at the age of six and initiated into the practice of meditation and yoga at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, and an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from the University of Oxford. He also pursued graduate work at U.C. Santa Barbara, and completed his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley on the traditions of Tantrik Shaivism. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kirtan, mantra-science, asana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darshana (philosophy), Sanskrit, chanting, and offers spiritual counseling.
"We need to learn to listen to what is beneath someone’s words. Thoughts and words are like driftwood floating on the currents of what’s beneath."
In this interview, you will learn:
- What Classical Tantra means; and it’s relationship to the Buddhist Tantra
- The roots of the branch that Hareesh studies, Shaiva Tantra
- Why Classical Tantra was mis-interpreted as a sexual tradition
- Why it’s important to harmonize the contrasting polarities of Shiva and Shakti – pure awareness and flowing energy -- and how to do it
- Understanding the 5 acts of Shiva and how understanding life through this lens can clarify how we fluctuate between concealment and revelation
- The distinction between thinking “you create your own reality” and “you create your own experience of reality.”