John Levy was a wealthy English mystic, teacher, musician, and artist who was an expert in Asian folk music. He had his own radio program about this subject on the BBC. At one point in his life Levy decided to give away his entire fortune and go to live for a time in India with only a loincloth. Levy spent many years there with his guru, Krishna Menon, assisting him with the English translations of his guru’s books Atma Darshan and Atma Niviriti.
He then brought his knowledge of Advaita Vedanta to the west in an accessible form through his teaching work and the publication of his two books. John Levy died in London in 1976.