“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, presently 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 unbroken teaching tradition of Advaita Vedanta preserved by illustrious masters like Vyasa and Adi Sankara. Our immediate Guru is Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1930-2015).

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Frequently asked questions about studying Vedanta..

The human predicament and the Solution

Beginning from childhood, happiness is taught as a measure of how successful we are. And success is primarily defined in terms of material prosperity viz. money, wealth, power, status, career achievemets etc. At some point in the journey of life even if we manage to be reasonably successful happiness and peace of mind remain elusive. And even if we have achieved a good number of our goals we find that the goals are only being continuously replaced by newer ones! This is when question arises as to whether this mundane existence, this endless running around and the rat race is all worth it. We then start seeking spiritual solutions and begin looking towards Hatha Yoga, meditation techniques, visiting temples, trying to understand God, going to different spiritual organisations etc for help. Even though all of it may be somewhat helpful and even give a temporary peace of mind, the fundamental problem remains.

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Online classes on Bhagavad Gita and Upanishad

Online classes on Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishad etc) are held on weekends by Swami Sarvananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Classes are on Zoom. Bhagavad Gita classes are conducted online on Sundays from 6:50 - 8 AM IST. Each verse of the Gita is dealt with elaborately in keeping with the commentary of Adi Sankara. A new cycle of the Gita started  from October 26, 2020. Download flyer. You can find recordings of the first few classes here. Classes on Viveka Chudamani, on Saturdays from 6:50 - 8 AM IST. This is a very highly regarded introductory text used in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta to understand the basics of the pursuit of Self Knowledge like the need to pursue Self Knowledge, the qualifications required, the process, necessity of a teacher, attitude towards the teacher and the knowledge itself. This is a very good introductory text and would be helpful to anyone seriously interested in this pursuit. Classes on Mandukya Upanishad, on Saturdays from 6:25 - 7:30 PM IST. Though the class will be fully in English we will strictly follow the commentaries of Gaudapada of Adi Sankaracharya.  One needs to have been exposed to Vedanta for a reasonable length of time before listening to the Upanishads.
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