Dr. Naamleela Free Jones holds a PhD in the History of Religions, with a specialization in Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism, from Rice University, Houston, Texas. She received her B.A. in Religion from the University of California at Berkeley, where her senior thesis focused on the concept of the avatar in religious history and popular culture.
Born in 1980, Naamleela is the youngest daughter of spiritual teacher, philosopher, and artist, Adi Da Samraj (1939–2008). Naamleela devoted the first thirty years of her life to serving her father’s work as he founded a religious movement deeply resonant with nondual Advaitic and yogic traditions. As a scholar of religion, Naamleela now brings her personal and intellectual background to bear on the study of new paradigms, consciousness studies, yoga and tantra, and contemporary esotericism. Her doctoral dissertation explored Adi Da's "zero-point paradigm" as a case study of theories of consciousness and the metaphysics and ethics of nonduality in the twenty-first century.
Naamleela is a lifelong musical composer, producer, and pianist and has performed at the Teatro della Pergola and the Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy, along with private venues in North America, Europe, and the South Pacific. As an educator, she has taught classes at the University of Houston, the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, and the Jung Center of Houston.
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