Andrew Cohen

Year of birth : 1955
Teacher/Guru : H.W.L. Poonja ( Disciple of Ramana Maharshi )
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“ One of the most extraordinary things about being a spiritual teacher is the rare privilege of being able to look deeply into the very souls of many human beings at the same time. ”

“ Our relationship to reality and to our experience is all based upon the ideas in our mind that we're always trying to live up to. ”

“ When a human being becomes so still that they begin to lose awareness of their gender, and they are simply looking into that abyss where there is no notion of self whatsoever, the world disappears. And that's really the only place to go. It's the only place to remain. 

Books by the Master

" Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening " ... " Embracing Heaven & Earth: The Liberation Teachings of Andrew Cohen " ... " Who am I? and How Shall I Live? " ... " Freedom Has No History: A Call to Awaken " ... " Enlightenment is a Secret: Teachings of Liberation " ... " Living Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego " ... " My Master is Myself: Birth of a Spiritual Teacher " ... " Autobiography of an Awakening " ... " An Unconditional Relationship to Life: The Odyssey of a Young American Spiritual Teacher " ... " Bringing Heaven to Earth " ... " The Challenge of Enlightenment " ... " In Defense of the Guru Principle "


Andrew Cohen (born 23 October 1955) is an American guruspiritual teacher, magazine editor, author, independent thinker and musician who has developed what he characterizes as a unique path of spiritual transformation called "Evolutionary Enlightenment" award-winning publication magazine.

Since 1986, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and leading intensive retreats. Through his writings, teachings, and ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, scientists, and mystics, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.

Andrew raised in a secular Jewish family, Cohen had his passion for spirit unexpectedly ignited at the age of sixteen, when a spontaneous revelation of  “cosmic consciousness” opened his eyes to a new dimension of life. Some years later, as a result of that experience, he gave up aspirations to become a musician and dedicated himself wholeheartedly to its rediscovery. After several years of intensive spiritual pursuit in the United States, including the study of martial arts, Kriya Yoga, and Buddhist meditation, Cohen followed the footsteps of a generation of Western seekers to India. It was there, in the land of the sages, that he met his last teacher H.W.L. Poonja, a disciple of the revered Ramana Maharshi, in 1986. In just a few short weeks, Cohen experienced a life-changing awakening, the story of which was told in his first book, My Master Is My Self. Shortly afterwards, with his teacher’s blessing, Cohen began to teach.

Always an independent thinker, Cohen soon diverged from the traditional Eastern approach that had catalyzed his own awakening, with its emphasis on transcendence and the illusory nature of the phenomenal world.

In addition to his work as a teacher, Cohen is also dedicated to changing the cultural conversation about the purpose and significance of spiritual enlightenment in our time. This is best seen in the magazine he founded in 1991, EnlightenNext, which has become the premier forum for serious discussion at the intersection of spirituality and culture. In its pages, and the live forums that have grown out of them, Cohen and his team of collaborators have engaged spiritual, religious, cultural, and scientific thought leaders in a dynamic inquiry about the nature of inner and outer evolution

EnlightenNext has centers worldwide, and members in more than twenty countries. Cohen lives at the organization’s world headquarters in Lenox, Massachusetts, and spends several months of the year traveling, teaching, and leading retreats around the world.