“आपूर्यमाणम् अचलप्रतिष्ठं समुद्रम् आपः प्रविशन्ति यद्वत्
तद्वत् कामा यं प्रविशन्ति सर्वे स शान्तिम् आप्नोति न कामकामी॥२.७०॥”

āpūryamāṇam acala-pratiṣṭhaṁ samudram āpaḥ praviśanti yadvat
tadvat kāmā yaṁ praviśanti sarve sa śāntim āpnoti na kāma-kāmī॥2.70॥

Just as water flows into the ocean that is full to the brim and perfectly still, likewise, the wise person who remains perfectly composed even in the presence of desirable objects, gains peace; not the one who hankers after various objects - Bhagavad Gita 2.70

Who we are

Arsha means "from the Rishis (Sages). Vidya means knowledge. Parampara means tradition/lineage. Hence Arsha Vidya Parampara means "The knowledge tradition coming down from our Sages/Seers".

We are a non-profit organisation, based at Bangalore, conducting online classes and residential courses to enable people from around the world benefit from the timeless knowledge of our Rishis, primarily Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads), Yoga & Sanskrit. We belong to the teaching tradition of Advaita Vedanta preserved by illustrious saints like Vyasa and Adi Sankara. Our immediate Guru is Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1930-2015).

About us

Online classes on Bhagavad Gita and Upanishad

Online classes on Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishad and related texts) are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes are conducted through Zoom Conference. Bhagavad Gita classes are conducted online on Saturdays from 9 - 10 AM IST. Each verse of the Gita is dealt with elaborately. At the rate of 1 class per week, the Gita is expected to go on for years, as there are 700 verses. Classes on Kathopanishad, containing the famous dialogue between Lord Yama (Lord of death) and Nachiketa - a boy of less than 12 years, are conducted on Saturdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM IST. Classes on Patanjali Yoga Sutra are planned soon. Why classes? - The subject matter of Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita & Upanishad) is such that unfortunately it cannot be studied independently by anyone. If it could be, it would have been possible to gain this knowledge by just "Googling". But that is never the case. Even if one manages to know a little from varied sources, the understanding is inevitably full of gaps that have to be necessarily filled in by a qualified teacher. So, the knowledge has to be unfolded by a competent teacher, who himself has systematically studied from another teacher. Also one has to expose himself/herself to this teaching systematically for a reasonable length of time. This has been the way innumerable generations in the past have gained this knowledge and preserved it to this day.
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