Naamleela F Jones, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
Wisdom Traditions Department
PhD - History of Religions, Rice University MA - Gnosticism, Esotericism, Mysticism, Rice University BA - Religious Studies, University of California at Berkeley Master's Certificate in Music Production - Berklee College of Music
BA Yoga Studies
TRA-133E-A/TRA-515E-A: Yoga I

Dr. Naamleela F. Jones is a scholar-practitioner, educator, and musician. Her interest in religion has been a lifelong personal and intellectual commitment, one that has taken her from the heart of a new religious movement through doctoral studies in religion and teaching in a variety of settings. She was introduced to yoga and meditation at an early age by her father, spiritual teacher and philosopher Adi Da Samraj. After receiving her BA in South and Southeast Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, she completed her PhD in the History of Religions at Rice University where she specialized in contemporary esotericism and Yoga and Tantra under the mentorship of scholar of mysticism, Jeffrey J. Kripal. Her teaching interests include the history and philosophy of yoga, consciousness studies, and comparative world religions. Naamleela is also a lifelong musical composer, producer, and pianist and has performed in private venues across the United States, Europe, and the South Pacific.

  • “The Whole Body Gospel: Yogic Gnosticism in the Work of Adi Da Samraj” (forthcoming in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 2024)
  • “The Zero-Point Paradigm: ‘Radical’ Hermeneutics of Nonduality in the Work of Adi Da Samraj” (unpublished doctoral dissertation)
  • “The Avatar and its ‘Incarnation’ in a Postmodern World,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Vol. 26, No. 1, Fall 2017)
  • “From Gods to Gamers: The Manifestation of the Avatar in Religious History and Postmodern Culture,” Berkeley Undergraduate Journal (Spring 2016).

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