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21st Century Geek

An organizational psychologist and intellectual visionary, Atma is a provocative, colorful personality whose commentary on the subjects of wellness ranges from opening yourself to compassion and empathy to the absolute need for personal discipline and courage. As a leadership mentor his methodology derives from his study in India of the ancient Vedic teachings to post-modern, high-tech, street level savvy.   Atma brings a unique and cutting perspective to the little-understood world of industrial/organizational psychology.

Trained from childhood to the present, by an unusually long string of masters and experts, to become a scientist who would blend the best of western science and eastern practices and make them available to the public.

Atma is the unique product of university education (8 yrs) business experience, (20 yrs) and eastern practices and studies  (38yrs). Current Resume

His expertise has been drawn on by one of the big three motor companies, start up firms, non-profits and municipal programs. He has trained Yoga teachers all over the world and given countless workshops and seminars on stress management, wellness, presentation skills, leadership training, and the history of yoga and eastern practices.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in Industrial Psychology.

These are some of the events and places Atma has spoken at  over the last 10 years:

  • Society for Advancement of Management  – Cal State University Long Beach
  • LA Hackers – Los Angeles
  • Ford Motor executive retreat – Los Angeles
  • Film Studios – Hollywood, The Lot
  • Digitaria (fka Console) – San Diego
  • Yoga Association – Taiwan R.O.C.
  • Australian/New Zealand Yoga teacher convention – Auckland, New Zealand
  • American Vedic Association – Ojai, California
  • Annual Teachers Convention – Govinda Yoga – Swansea, Wales
  • International Yoga Society – Kuala Lumpur Malayasia
  • International Yoga Retreat – Abentuer, Germany
  • Veden Academie – Berlin Germany
  • Centro de Yoga – Ceuta Spain
  • Annual yoga and Vedic Convention – Dubuy, Belgium
  • Annual Balkan Convention of Yogis and Vedantists – Rijeka, Croatia
  • Yoga Teacher training – Zagreb Croatia (included Television interviews and talk in other cities)
  • Serbian Bhakti Yoga Summer Camp – Serbia
  • Vedanta Society – U.C. Irvine
  • Fischer Mansion – Detroit, Michigan
  • Annual Vaisnava Convention – Mound, West Virginia
  • Self Discovery Center – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Yoga Association – Greensboro, NC
  • Stress Management Convention – Toronto, Canada
  • European Yoga and Vedantic Communication Conference – Milan, Rome (in subsequent years in Belgium and Germany)
  • Minds Matter Annual Youth Convention – Federal Building – Los Angeles, Ca
  • LAUSD – Numerous high school speaking engagements
  • Stress Management Seminars, – Santa Rosa, CA

When asked about his influences Atma provided the following:

Art

Van Gogh

Mondrian

Alberto Giacometti

Camille Claudel

Egon Schiele

Cezanne

Chagall

Gauguin

DeGoya

Edward Hopper

Kathe Kollwitz

Manet

Monet

Rauschenberg

Da Vinci

Albert Durer

Titian

Tintoretto

Music

Mozart

Bach

Beethoven

Verdi

Leonard Bernstein

Shostakovich

Tchaikovsky

Wagner

Leonard Cohen

Prince

Gershwin

Sergey Prokofiev

Michael Nyman

Literature and poetry

Shakespeare

James Joyce

Walt Whitman

Thoreau

Rilke

Rimbaud

Neruda

Oscar Wilde

Francois Villon

Dickens

Franz Kafka

Lewis Carroll

Sappho

O’henry

Charles Buckowski

Emerson

Kahil Gabrain

Edgar Allen Poe

Dylan Thomas

Salinger

Gwendolyn Brooks

Hunter S Thompson

Madeline D’engle

JR Tolkien

 

Philosophy

 

Eastern –

 

 

Vyasadeva

Kapiladeva

Shankacharya

Madhavacharya

Ramanuja

Chaitanya Maha Prabhu

Bhaktivinode Thakur

 

Western –

 

Nietzsche

Kierkegaard

Kant

Sartre

Camus

T.S. Eliot

Orwell

Thomas Paine

William James

Voltaire

Tolstoy

Chomsky

McLuhan

Foucault

Sun Tzu (I think of him as western)

RD Laing

Science and Math

Wundt

Carl Linnaeus

Claude Levi-Strauss

Jean Piaget

William Bayliss

Nicola Tesla

Georg Cantor

Helge von Koch

Aryabhatta

Brahmagupta

Euclid

Bháscara Áchárya

Blaise  Pascal

Newton (duh)

James Clerk  Maxwell

David  Hilbert

John von Neumann

Alan Turing

Einstien (duh)

Neils Bohr (duh)

Max Born

Max Planck

Erwin Schrodinger

Werner Heisenberg

Yoichiro Nambu, Holger Bech Nielsen, and Leonard Susskind

Edward Witten

Playwrights

 

Sophocles

Luigi Pirandello

Harold Pinter

Berlot Brecht

Eugene O’Neil

ibsen

Edmond Rostand

Chekov

Jules Feiffer

Jean Genet

Goethe

Arthur Miller

Tom Stoppard

Peter Weiss

Elmer rice

Filmmakers

Howard Hawks

Francois Truffaut

Marcel Carne

Fellini

Des Sica

Rossellini

John Houston

Bergman

Antonioni

Hitchcock

Coppala

Kubrick

Jean Cocteau

Sir David lean

Billy Wilder

Gilliam

Coen Bros

Woody Allen

Danny Boyle

Darren Arnofsy

Jonathan Demme

Blake Edwards

William Wyler

Documentarists

 

Maysle bros

Penneabaker

The Raymonds (american family)

Dziga Vertov

Joris Iven (et al – workersfilm and photo league)

Murrow

Wiseman

 Graphic Novelists

Frank Miler

Neil Gaiman

Alan  Moore

Dave Mckean

Herge

And the joint spirit of:

Lautréamont, Antonin Artaud, the mood of the constructivists, the design esthetics of the futurists and the Dadaist, Guy Debord, The Fugs, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Johnny Lydon, The Germs, Crass, Dead Kennedys,  Buckowski, Ministry, and Rage Against the Machine

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