Retired businessman, golfer, husband and father doesn't fit the stereotype of an Indian guru... and perhaps that accounts, at least in part, for the fact that 90% of the people who come to him are Westerners. Ramesh Balsekar is a disciple of the now-deceased Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a renowned Advaita master. From early childhood, Balsekar was drawn to Advaita, a nondual teaching, particularly the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Wei Wu Wei. He has written 20 books, and receives guests daily in his home near Mumbai, where he speaks daily at 9.00am.
What is most remarkable about Ramesh is his very ordinariness and the very ordinariness of his teaching. Though elaborate theoretical structures may be erected around it - his concept of the working mind and the thinking mind would be a good example of this - the essence of the teaching is simplicity itself. He offers no miracles, no cures, no special powers; in fact, all he really offers is Nothing, that Nothing, that we all truly are.