BILL FRANCIS BARRY (BHARATA)
GUEST TEACHER- PHILOSOPHY AND MANTRA
Bill is a Teacher of Mantra and Vedic Priest, with a bachelors degree in Yoga. He has been a student of mantra, yoga and Vedic studies since 1969. He has taught workshops throughout the US and in Canada plus remote private instruction in eleven countries.
Bill’s four University of Mass degrees include M.Ed, MBA, B.S. plus a 1976 bachelors degree program titled "The Development of God Consciousness Through Knowledge, Meditation and Yoga". This yoga degree, completed many years before Yoga Alliance existed, exceeds the requirements of 500HR Yoga Teacher Training courses. Bill also taught yoga at UMass during this time.
After beginning yoga disciplines when he was 17, Bill started daily meditation practice (TM) in 1971. During the 1970s, Bill received several shaktipat transmissions from Paramahansa Muktananda and attended many events with Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, he attended a 14 week Amherst College course on Buddhism taught by Robert Thurman. With Yogi Bhajan, Bill attended White Tantric Yoga training in Amherst MA and the ten-day 1976 Summer Solstice in New Mexico.
Bill attended sacred dance retreats with Sufi Master Pir Vilayat Khan and he spent 1977 working at Maharishi International University in Iowa. His studies with mystic spiritual teacher Peter Tadd began in 1980. He was blessed with satsangs from Sri Chinmoy and Swami Rama of the Himalayas.
In 2002, Bill completed a 25 year career in computing, with a ten year position as Dartmouth College’s Director of Management Information Systems, preceded by a similar position at Smith College.
In 2005 Bill began several years of training and receiving shaktipat transmissions from Mirabai Devi. Extensive studies with Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand) occurred in 2005 to 2010, including travel in India for 23 days in 2009. From Namadeva Acharya, Bill received Kriya initiation(2008), certification as a Teacher of Mantra(2008), and was ordained a Priest in Sanatana Dharma Satsang in March 2010. Also in 2010, Bill was initiated by Namadeva Acharya into the Jyoti Order of Spiritual Lightworkers and in Kanchipuram India he received from Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati a shakti empowerment that remains active.
Bill serves as one of the Directors of Sanatana Dharma Satsang, a non-profit 501(c)3 religious corporation co-founded by Namadeva Acharya and Satyabhama Ashley-Farrand. Since 2010, in efforts to study the works of Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, Bill has greatly benefited from time with Satguru Rama Mata and assistance from Satyabhama Ashley-Farrand and Muralidhar Pai. Bill works to assist the ongoing work of Satyabhama in her continuing of Namadeva’s teachings. Bill and his wife Denise live in Western Massachusetts