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For over 45 years, John Adago has been a student and teacher specialising in the study of economics, philosophy and meditation.

Adago had closely followed the work of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky since the 1960s and whilst his wife was attending the School of Practical Philosophy, they were both introduced to meditation via the institute. After Willem Nyland died, one of the founders and trustees of the Gurdjieff foundation, Adago continued with the School of Practical Philosophy. After learning more about each practice, Adago became fascinated by the commonalities that these two seemingly shared. As a result, he spent many years examining this connection and was further influenced by the teachers of the twentieth century who mastered in these areas. In turn, Adago came to know many of these teachers, gathering information from them in interviews and unpublished transcripts of their conversation. This assisted in his discovery of the fascinating history that connects the lives, work and philosophy of the teachers who communicated the sacred knowledge and spiritual traditions of the East to the West.

Furthermore, Adago has gone on to found several corporations and sit for interviews with over 65 radio stations across America as well as continue lecturing across the country. He has also written several works, most notably including East Meets West. Now, as a father and grandfather, John Adago resides in New York City with his wife.

The author was interviewed on local radio, Gainsville, Florida. You can listen here:


“The transmission of Vedanta philosophy and the methods of Yoga from India to the West is one of the most important phenomena of the modern era. It has already transformed the way people understand religion and practice their spirituality, and that process seems destined to continue, just as the flow of Western technology and industry to India will continue. In East Meets West John Adago engagingly describes some of the most significant figures in this subtle and profound history. It is a welcome addition to the global conversation.”
Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

“After reading East Meets West one feels as if one has been taken on a spiritual journey at high speed. [It] is packed with detailed information, striking quotes and lively dialogue, while the subject matter stretches the mind and the spirit. Set against the background of the historical flow of events where East meets West are the life stories of thirteen remarkable people. Then there is the fascinating story of the author’s own spiritual journey. The author’s respect for his teachers and his practical understanding of the teaching he received is palpable and adds to the authenticity of his writing. That is why this book makes such compelling reading. I highly recommend this book to a wide audience, as it is a real eye opener.”
Dorine Tolley, author of The Power Within and The Way of Hermes

“East Meets West is a fascinating story that is well told [which] reflects years of dedicated scholarship … The chapters reveal how that migration was precipitated by a few inspired men and women of uncommon courage and discipline.”
Vincent Dubiansky, President, Georgia Philosophy Foundation, Inc.