Hi. I am Bharath Vallabha. Welcome to my blog.
Since I was a teenager I was interested in questions such as: Who am I? What is reality? How do we know anything? What is the mind and how is it related to the body? What is science, religion, spirituality?
The questions led to majoring in philosophy at Cornell, which led a PhD in philosophy at Harvard, which lead to teaching at Bryn Mawr College. Along the way I studied thinkers and debates about the nature of the mind, religion, politics and the meaning of life.
At the same time, I read and was inspired by non-academic, spiritual and new-age philosophers such as Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ken Wilber, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji and Sadhguru.
I was inspired by both academic and spiritual philosophy. Academic philosophers like Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein spoke to the modern, naturalistic worldview I found compelling. Spiritual thinkers like Sri Aurobindo and Eckhart Tolle spoke to my desire for an expanded consciousness. Can the two be combined? How? I left academia as I continued my search for a unified perspective.
This blog is a space of embracing the insights of both academic and spiritual philosophy.