Dean's Teachers in the Vedic Tradition
Dean studies Vedic astrology with the renowned Jyotishi Hart deFouw, who many have said to be among the most brilliant practitioners and teachers of Jyotisha both inside and outside of India. Hart comes from an unbroken lineage that encompasses all of the teachings of the Vedic Saṃpradāya, or tradition. Hart's brilliance as a teacher is his adamant stance that his students not separate Jyotisha and the practice of Vedic astrology from the vast Vedic tradition of which it is a part, while at the very same time adapting it to modern conditions, culture, and psychology.
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Dean is a student of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is recognized as one of the greatest living teachers of Vedanta. Dean has studied with him both in Rishikesh, India, and at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania. In their first meeting, Swami Dayanada counseled Dean on the integration of Vedānta, Psychology and Jyotisha. Dean was encouraged by him to study Jyotisha with Hart deFouw. Swami Dayananda has personally encouraged and guided Dean in the integration of his work as a psychotherapist with the traditional teachings of India.
Pujya Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati
Pujya Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati is a senior disciple of Param Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He is the founding Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir in Gujarat, India. His teaching harmonizes his subtle appreciation of contemporary individual, psychological and social issues with his profound knowledge of Vedānta. Swamiji’s teaching activities are not confined to spiritual seekers but all segments of society, East and West. His teaching continues to guide me in the integration of Vedic knowledge with modern western psychology.
Dean has learned Sanskrit by sitting one-on-one with Sanskrit Pundit Gautam Vajracharya for many years. Gautam is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of South Asian Studies and has lectured on Sanskrit in India. He is one of the only South Asian art historians who is also a world-class Sanskrit scholar. Gautam lectures and consults on Asian Art History throughout the world. Studying the Sanskrit language with Gautam allows Dean an intimate window into the traditions of India and its sacred knowledge.