Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya

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Dr. Frank Morales
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Vedanta, Sanathana Dharma
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Dr. Frank Morales was born in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Morales has been studying and practicing the ancient tradition of Yoga spirituality for over 30 years. His dedicated interest in self-realization began when he first read the Bhagavad Gita, the most important philosophical text of the Dharma tradition, at the tender age of ten. A philosophically inquisitive child, Dr. Morales began collecting and reading a vast number of books relating to spirituality and Yoga. He also proceeded to practice various forms of Yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation soon after this first encounter with the Gita.

At the young age of 14, Dr. Morales visited a Hindu temple for the first time. So awed was he with the majestic beauty and spiritual power that he encountered in this temple that, on the spot, he decided to devote his life to the path of Hindu spirituality. After living the highly disciplined life of a celibate Hindu monk for six years, Dr. Morales was ordained as a brahmana (a spiritual teacher and priest) in 1986. His Sanskrit name is Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya.

He is known to his many students and followers affectionately as Sri Acharya Ji.

In addition to being an accomplished spiritual practitioner, Sri Acharya Ji coupled his personal spiritual practice with rigorous academic training. Sri Acharya Ji earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 1994. While there, he studied the intellectual and philosophical foundations of Western civilization under the tutelage of Jesuit (Catholic) professors. In May of 1999, Sri Acharya Ji earned a Master of Arts degree in South Asian Languages and Literature. In December of 2002, Sri Acharya Ji earned a Ph.D., summa cum laude, in Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a scholar, Sri Acharya Ji specializes in Philosophy of Religion, Sanskrit, Hindu Studies, and South Asian Affairs. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with Antioch University.

He has written for numerous academic journals and anthologies, as well as presented talks at numerous academic conferences. Sri Acharya Ji has guest lectured at over two dozen major universities, including such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Columbia, Rutgers, Cornell, and Northwestern. He has also served as a consultant for many Fortune 500 corporations, including Ford Motor Company and Lucent Technology.

His latest book "Whisperings of the Divine: How God is Known in the Vedic Tradition" is scheduled to be published in early 2008. He has previously released "The Shakti Principle: Encountering the Feminine Power of God", and "Radical Universalism: Does Hinduism Teach that All Religions are the Same?"

Sri Acharya Ji is one of the very few non-Indian spiritual teachers on earth to be fully accepted by both the orthodox Indian Hindu community, in addition to Western spiritual seekers, as being a fully authentic and recognized spiritual teacher (Acharya). Sri Acharya Ji's students come from both Indian and non-Indian communities and number in the multiple thousands.

Dr. Morales is the Resident Acharya (Spiritual Preceptor) of the Hindu Temple of Nebraska - which represents the first time in history that an American has been appointed to such a highly prestigious post. He is also the President and Acharya of the International Sanatana Dharma Society, a world-wide movement dedicated to teaching Dharma spirituality.

In addition to delivering hundreds of talks and seminars throughout the nation, he has been the keynote speaker at several very large Hindu events, each with audiences in the multiple thousands. In June, 2007, Sri Acharya Ji was the keynote speaker at the largest single gathering of Hindus in American history. During the "Swadhyay" event in Washington, D.C., Dr. Morales spoke to an estimated 20,000 Hindus about the benefits of Dharma spirituality.

Sri Acharya Ji began formally teaching Yoga spirituality and meditation in Chicago in 1988, and today teaches the most authentic and spiritually compelling form of Classical Yoga spirituality available anywhere outside of India. Sri Acharya Ji has given hundreds of lectures, workshops, and seminars throughout North America, as well as written countless published articles, on many aspects of Yoga philosophy and Dharma spirituality. The form of Dharma spirituality that Sri Acharya Ji both follows and teaches is the most ancient, effective and authentic of all Dharma traditions. Sri Acharya Ji's depth of knowledge about the Yoga tradition, his authentic and personal approach to teaching others, and his own exalted level of personal achievement in meditation and Self-Realization have become legendary in the Yoga and Hindu communities throughout the world.

Sri Acharya Ji is currently recognized as one of the world's foremost scholars of Hinduism, the Yoga tradition, Dharma, and meditation, as well as being a truly authentic spiritual teacher. Sri Acharya Ji teaches the ancient philosophy of Sanatana Dharma in a way that is inviting to the modern mind. Sri Acharya Ji's teachings stress the achievement of self-realization and God-realization through the practice of meditation, Yoga, and directly experiencing the presence of the Divine. Another overarching aspect of Sri Acharya Ji's teachings focuses on the importance of love, compassion and service toward all living beings.

The Way of the Rishis

Sri Acharya Ji is widely renowned for his unapologetically authentic, traditional and fearless approach to teaching. Whether speaking to an audience of thousands, or having a heart-felt discussion with only one person, Sri Acharya Ji vividly conveys a deeply moving sense of compassion, peace, humility, and spiritual insight that has endeared him to thousands of students and admirers throughout the world.

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