Jean Klein (spiritual teacher)

Jean Klein (October 19, 1912 – February 22, 1998) was a French author, spiritual teacher and philosopher of Nondualism and Neo-Advaita.[1] According to Jean Klein, it is only in a "spontaneous state of interior silence that we can open ourselves to our true nature: the 'I Am' of pure consciousness."[2]

Jean Klein
BornOctober 19, 1912
Berlin, Germany
DiedFebruary 22, 1998
Santa Barbara, California
Occupationauthor, spiritual teacher, philosopher
SubjectAdvaita Vedanta, nonduality, philosophy, metaphysics



Jean Klein was born in Berlin and spent his childhood in Brno and Prague. He studied musicology and medicine in Vienna and Berlin, becoming a physician. Having left Germany in 1933 for France, he secretly worked with the French Resistance in the Second World War. After the war, Klein again left for India to study Yoga and Advaita Vedanta for three years. During those three years he met a spiritual teacher of Advaita, Pandit Veeraraghavachar Rao, a scholar at the Sanskrit College in Bangalore, and returned to the West to become a spiritual teacher himself. He died in 1998 in Santa Barbara, California.[3]


  • Be Who You Are, 1978, ISBN 0-7224-0167-1; 2006, ISBN 0-9551762-5-5
  • The Ease of Being, 1986, ISBN 0-89386-015-8
  • Who Am I? The Sacred Quest, 1988, ISBN 1-85230-029-9; 2006, ISBN 0-9551762-6-3
  • I Am, 1989, ISBN 1-877769-19-3; 2006, ISBN 0-9551762-7-1
  • Transmission of the Flame, 1990, ISBN 1-877769-22-3; ISBN 1-877769-20-7
  • Open to the Unknown: Dialogues in Delphi, 1993, ISBN 1-877769-18-5
  • Beyond Knowledge, 1994, ISBN 1-877769-23-1; 2006, 0-9551762-8-X
  • Living Truth: Where Time and Timelessness Meet, 1995, ISBN 1-877769-24-X; 2007, ISBN 0-9553999-1-2
  • The Book of Listening, 2008, ISBN 0-9553999-4-7


  1. ^ Dr. Jean Klein and Advaita Vedanta, by Andrew Rawlinson.
  2. ^ The Ease of Being, 1986, ISBN 0-89386-015-8
  3. ^ Edward Quinn: Critical Companion to George Orwell: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. Facts on File, 2009. ISBN 978-0-816-07091-6. pp. 235—236.