Seegla Brecher, born in Montreal, has lived and studied Advaita philosophy and meditation for thirty-five years with Swami Shyam at the International Meditation Institute, Kullu H.P.
Ms. Brecher is the recipient of the Shastri Publication Grant 2018 from the Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute for her text: The Avadhoot Gita of Dattatraya: Song of the Unborn. It is a deep, meditative exploration of a 9th-century Advaita Vedanta text. A lyrical translation that conveys the direct experience of the “Unborn”- the liberated one, as well as a comprehensive Sanskrit-English word-for-word translation.
Ms. Brecher studied Sanskrit philosophical texts in depth and was tutored by Dr. Stephen Thomson, Tutor and Reader of Sanskrit at Oxford. Drawing upon her philosophy, mediation and Sanskrit studies, Brecher was inspired and intrigued by the dialogue of the Sage Ashtavaka and King Janak found in the Ashtavaka Gita, a classical Advaita-Vedanta text. This phenomenon of the philosopher king and it’s relevance in the twenty first century landscape offers a unique vision into our collective universal journey.
Seegla Brecher earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Reuben Academy in Jerusalem and completed a B.A. program in Indian classical voice from Pracheen Kala Kendra, an affiliate of Punjab University, Chandigarh India as well as completing extensive tutorial studies in Indian Classical music.
Ms. Brecher has taught Advaita philosophy, meditation and Indian classical music worldwide as well as collaborated with musicians from Canada, India, and Israel to produce recordings of ancient Sanskrit texts set to her own compositions.