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Birthname: Daniel Erway
Spiritual Teacher
Neo Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
USA, Canada
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Amer, Colorado, USA
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After a lifetime of spiritual seeking, Nirmala met his teacher, Neelam, a devotee of H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji). She convinced Nirmala about her opinion that seeking was not necessary.

He claims he later experienced some sort of awakening in India and so he decided to begin offering satsang and Nondual Spiritual Mentoring with Neelam’s blessing.

Nirmala’s perspective was also influenced by his friend and teacher, Adyashanti.

He has been offering satsang and teaching throughout the United States and Canada since 1998.

He lives in Sedona, Arizona with his wife, Gina Lake, and their two dogs.

Nirmala is the author of several books including Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self.


Nirmala offers a compassionate approach, which adds to the tradition of inquiry into the nature of Being.


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Meeting the Mystery: Exploring the Aware Presence at the Heart of All Life

by Nirmala


What is the source of the aliveness and awareness, which are fundamental to all life? What is the nature of desire, and how do our desires relate to suffering? How do we know what is true? What is the nature of belief, and how do our beliefs affect our ability to experience the deeper reality that is always here? And in the midst of these mysteries, how do we live our daily lives in the most satisfying and integrated way? Meeting the Mystery explores these questions and will help you discover new dimensions and possibilities in your life. This collection of articles and answers to questions posed by spiritual seekers is a springboard to ever deeper inquiry into the greatest mystery of all—Presence, which is who you really are.

Pro Opinions

A very loving heart. So beautiful and helping

arjuna's picture

Nirmala has helped me so much. His books, especially Nothing Personal and his telephone session are jewels.

santana's picture

Sounds fantastic

Sounds fantastic. Are the telephone sessions personal or a conference call?

If I'm not mistaken you were living in this Premananda place in Germany, r u still there? What is your genuine impression of him?

santana | Fri, 12/04/2009 - 02:47
arjuna's picture


The telephone sessions are individual, no conference call, and you can give a donation according to your finances. There was first an offer to get a session if I order 5 books in amazon, and that's what I did. I didn't know the session would be so good and so appropriate for me.

I had a great time in Premananda's community in Germany and I quit in March 2009. You can see what I write about him under his profile. And basically you have to make your own experience. Some people (like me) enjoy it for some time and go their way after a while, and new people arrive. It is mysterious how it works anyway. Because it seems that despite any judgements you could have, if you have to go there, you will, and will have the experience you need to have.

arjuna | Fri, 12/04/2009 - 07:43

Satsang the preaching


Satsang is the chosen way of spreading religion/Advaita in the masses and so he adopted such kind of method for his preaching.