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Puran is an American mystic, co-founder of iamHeart, one of the foremost meditation teachers, and a pioneer in bringing heart-based meditation to the public. An author, scientist and businessman, the curriculum he's designed applies authentic spiritual teaching to health, relationships and accomplishments. With his wife, Susanna, he co-authored Living From The Heart, which was praised by Random House as being "one of the most important texts ever written on meditation." He also co-authored Energize Your Heart In Four Dimensions, which gives a ground-breaking, energetic model of the heart and a method for heart development. His most recent work is co-author of Follow Your Heart: The Map to Illumination.

Puran is a successor of Pir Vilayat Khan (d. 2004), with whom he was privileged to have a close relationship over a 33-year discipleship. Pir Vilayat was the son and successor of Hazrat Inayat Khan (d. 1927), the first Indian sage to bring to the West the message of universal brotherhood and the mysticism behind all religions. Puran and Susanna were charged by Pir Vilayat with the continuation of his teaching and its marriage with science.

The Tucson-based meditation master has led thousands of meditation workshops and retreats, teaching Heart Rhythm Meditation to teams and individuals throughout the U.S., U.K. and Europe. He also teaches through web courses he created, using innovative software he developed that integrates the instructional material with a worldwide forum for dialoguing with a live teacher on a daily basis.

He has also worked with leading researchers to document the physiological changes that occur during meditation, demonstrating dramatic changes in metabolism, heart rhythm, brain waves, light emission and electromagnetism.

Puran's background is in technology and business, and his teaching often refers to applications of the heart in business. Until 2003, he was the president of BAR Systems, Inc., the developer and vendor of a computer system for portfolio analysis, still used by several mutual fund companies. For fifteen years he was an analyst for Fidelity, Putnam, and Merrill Lynch, becoming a vice-president of MFS, a mutual fund company in Boston. Previously, he worked as a computer scientist for IBM, Burroughs, EG&G and AT&T. He invented two environmentally-sound products and started companies to develop them: a vertical-axis, wind-powered turbine, and a high-speed, computerized, industrial composting machine. Through that work he was invited to speak several times to the United Nations Environment Programme at the UN building in New York.

Puran holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. He was born in 1944 and has five children.

Puran and Susanna were given the Founder's award from The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, in 2008, "for pioneering advances in the science of subtle energies manifesting spirit in matter and investigating states of the heart in its many dimensions."

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