Faculty - Prof. Klaus Konrad Klostermaier
James Kelleher has been a student of the traditions of India for more than 25 years. In the early 70's he began practicing meditation. At that time he spent 18 months in the mountains of Switzerland studying meditation with an Indian spiritual teacher, and later taught meditation full time in the United States. In 1975 he met his Guru, the renowned Vedic Astrologer and spiritual adept, M. K. Gandhi, who predicted Jim would become an astrologer. Gandhi not only offered to train him personally, but also invited him to become his assistant. Initially Jim studied Vedic astrology in India under Gandhi's guidance. During this time he also traveled on long pilgrimages with his teacher to many of India's most important spiritual centers. After this period of intense study and travel in India, Jim moved to London, where he worked as a professional astrologer, assisting Gandhi with his diverse international clientele for the next 5 years. In 1984, Jim moved to the United States where he quickly became one of the nation's leading Astrologers. At the request of several spiritual organizations, he traveled and lectured throughout the United States and became known for his accurate world predictions. In 1994, he was awarded the title of "Jyotish Kovid" and again in 1996 the title of "Jyotish Vachaspati" (Professor of Astrology) by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. He is a co-founder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and has been the co-sponsor of several of the annual International Vedic Astrology Symposiums. From 1994-2004 he served on the steering committee for the American Council of Vedic Astrology and the Board of the American College of Vedic Astrology. He has a busy private practice in Los Gatos, California.