Monday, 6 November 2017

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Sri Acharyaji)

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Sri Acharyaji), born Frank Morales in New York City in 1962 or 1963, is a Guru and Acharya of Sanatana Dharma. He is the President and Acharya of the International Sanatana Dharma Society, a world-wide movement dedicated to teaching Dharma spirituality,[1] and the director of the Center for the Study of Dharma and Civilization.[2]
Sri Acharyaji is also a follower of Visishtadvaita philosophy[3][4] and originated the terms Veridical Analysis[5] and "Radical Universalism" (the belief that all religions and teachings are essentially the same.), which 'Hindus are frequent to embrace'.[6][7][8]


BACKGROUND

Sri Acharyaji, a European-American of Italian and Spanish descent, was born in New York City in either 1962 or 1963.[9][10][11] At 14, he visited the first Hindu temple built in North America, the Ganapati Temple in Flushing, Queens. It was at this time that he decided to dedicate his life to Sanatana Dharma. He lived the highly disciplined life of a celibate Hindu monk for six years in several

ashrams throughout New York, as well as in the Bay Area, London and India.
Living in India, October 1985

He was formally ordained in India as an orthodox Vedic brahmana (a spiritual teacher and Hindu priest) in 1986 by his guru, the world-famous Vaishnava Acharya Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Swami.

Living in India, October 1985
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from Loyola University Chicagoin 1994. In December 2002, he earned a Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion. He served briefly as an Adjunct Professor with Antioch University. He eventually left academia to devote himself to spiritual teaching and to the preservation
of the tradition of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). He was formally appointed as the Resident Acharya (Spiritual Preceptor) of the Hindu Temple of Nebraska (2007–2009), the first time in American history that a Hindu temple had ever made such an appointment.

INTERVIEWS AND PUBLISHING

Sri Acharyaji is published by the International Sanatana Dharma Society, and has also been published by Arktos media Ltd[12][13] and Black Front Press.[14][15]

Receiving Brahmana
Initiation, India,
October 1986
Living in India,
October 1985

In November 2013 he was interviewed by the People of Shambhala in a two part interview where he discusses in part 1 his journey to becoming a teacher of Sanatana Dharama (Hinduism) as well as the basic principles and purpose of his latest book The Dharma Manifesto.[16] and in part 2 some of the subjects he discusses are the global rise of Dharma, the future Dharmic nation state, and the thousand-year war against Hinduism.[17]


In December 2013 he was interviewed on Counter-Currents radio by Robert Stark.[18] Topics discussed were, what exactly is Dharma from a philosophical perspective? Is Dharma synonymous with "Hinduism"? What does Dharma have to do with Europeans and people of European descent? How did you become a follower of Sanatana Dharma? What is the basic premise and purpose of The Dharma Manifesto? What is the Dharma/Abrahamist divide? What is Conflict Theory? What actually constitutes a "nation"? What is the difference between natural diversity versus multiculturalism? What would a Dharma Nation look like? The Hindu Caste System and why its a disaster to allow the merchant caste, the Vaisya to become the ruling class. How a Dharma-based foreign policy would be implemented, how a Dharma-based economic system would be implemented and how it is similar to distributism and opposed to usury, Environmentalism and animal rights.
Living in India, October 1986

On April 8, 2016, Alex Jones interviewed Sri Acharyaji for about two hours.[19]

On March 19, 2017 Sri Acharyaji was interviewed on Survive the Jive. [20]

On April 14, 2017, Sri Acharyaji was interviewed in two parts by Red Ice Radio.[21]

On April 26, 2017, Sri Acharyaji was interviewed on the THA Talks Podcast. [22]

On August 3, 2017, Sri Acharyaji was interviewed by Tara McCarthy of The Reality Calls Podcast.[23]

On August 9, 2017, Sri Acharyaji was interviewed on the Positive Head Podcast.[24]


AN AMERICAN GURU: THE LIFE OF SRI ACHARYAJI (DOCUMENTARY)

On September 4, 2013 a new documentary titled, 'An American Guru: The Life of Sri Acharyaji' was released.[25]



WRITTEN WORKS
The foreword to the Cave of the Numinous by Yogacharya Dharma Rakshaka (Craig Williams),  Theion Publishing, was written by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya.[26]

REFERENCES

01] About Sri DharmaPravartaka Acharya, International Sanatana Dharma Society
02] Who We Are, International Sanatana Dharma Society
03] Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (2013). Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Natural Way. Dharma Sun Media.
04] Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (2010). The Vedic Way of Knowing God. Dharma Sun Media.
05] Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (2010). The Vedic Way of Knowing God. Dharma Sun Media. p. 25.
06] Paths are Many, the Rishi’s Call it by Many Names, Chakra News, December 13, 2012
09] Biography of Sri Acharya. Says born in New York City
10] American Guru: The Life of Sri Acharyaji (Documentary) - Birthdate not specific
11] From the Streets of Brooklyn to the Feet of God, Hindunet. Says 1962 and born in Brooklyn
12] Author profile, Arktos Media
13] Carter, Adam; Packaging hate – the New Right publishing networks, Searchlight Magazine, March 1, 2012
18] Robert Stark interviews Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya on The Dharma Manifesto, The Stark Truth, Counter-Currents Radio, December 2013
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21] Red Ice Radio, April 14, 2017, part 1, part 2.
22] THA Talks Podcast, April 16, 2017
23] Reality Calls Podcast, August, 3, 2017
24] Positive Head Podcast, August 9, 2017


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