with John and Denise, online, via zoom.
John and Denise studied with Swami Lakshmanjoo in Kashmir, India for many years, where they lived and raised their family.
John Hughes is the editor in chief of the Lakshmanjoo Academy.
In 1971, John Hughes traveled to Kashmir, India to prepare his Ph.D. thesis. When he arrived he was given the rare opportunity to record and preserve the unknown English translations of Kashmir Shaivism, which is the tradition he was studying. He remained in Kashmir for fifteen years completing this work. During this time, in order to provide for himself and his family, he established an export/import company Kashmir Valley Arts specializing in hand loomed and hand embroidered upholstery fabrics. The venture proved to be very successful in selling upholstery fabric to many of the largest and most important furniture manufacturers in the United States. In its heyday, John’s company employed over 750 Kashmiri artisans. Read more…
Under Swami Lakshmanjoo’s guidance, John and his family and a handful of devotees established the Universal Shaiva Fellowship, a fully accredited nonprofit organization, to realize Swamiji’s vision of making Kashmir Shaivism available to the world. This is to be done without the restriction of caste, creed or color. It is being accomplished by preserving his teachings and making them available in as many forms as possible. This teaching is very valuable and uplifting for humankind. It offers humanity a clear and certain vision in a time of uncertainty. It shows us the way home and gives us the means.
Denise Hughes is the Assistant Editor of the Lakshmanjoo Academy and amazing yoga teacher.
Denise has been working in the field of consciousness for over four decades. At age 18, Denise and her husband, John Hughes, studied for five years with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During that time, Maharishi gave his blessings for Denise and John to study with the great Shaivite Master, Swami Lakshmanjoo of Kashmir. Swami Lakshmanjoo was the last in a lineage of Shaivite teachers dating back to the great Indian philosopher, Abhinavagupta, 950-1020 CE. Denise became a close disciple of Swami Lakshmanjoo and studied under him for fifteen years, while raising her family in Kashmir. She was with her husband John when he recorded all of Swamiji’s lectures, which includes 700 hours of audio and video recordings. They have now been and will be published as the Lakshmanjoo Academy Book Series. For more information, please visit: www.lakshmanjooacademy.org.
After Swami Lakshmanjoo took Mahasamadi in 1991, Denise and John continued with their work that includes 20 more texts still to be edited and published.
Additionally, Denise has taught yoga which includes postures, breathing practices and meditation through the lens of Kashmir Shaivism to individuals and classes for 18 years.