“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, 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 plan to construct a residential set up in the outskirts of Bangalore for conducting short term and long term courses in the areas mentioned above. 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 and related texts) are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes are conducted through Zoom. Bhagavad Gita classes are conducted online on Sundays from 7 - 8 AM IST. We are currently in the Chapter 18. Each verse of the Gita is dealt with elaborately in keeping with the commentary of Adi Sankara. Gita will be started from the beginning immediately after the completion of this cycle which will be around September 2020. Classes on Viveka Chudamani (Crest jewel of discriminative knowledge), on Saturdays from 7 - 8 AM IST. This is a very popular 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 Taittiriya Upanishad, on Saturdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM IST - starting July 4, 2020. Though the class will be fully in English we will closely follow the commentary of Adi Sankara. The Upanishad has 3 sections - the first section deals with topics like phonetics, eligibility of a student, disciplines to be followed for a spiritual aspirant and general advisable behavior in one's life. The second and third sections deal purely with Self Knowledge and this Upanishad is well known for the pancha kosha (5 layers of the human personality) analysis. Bhaja Govindam, Sadhana Panchakam, Atma Bodha etc - Sundays 6:30-7:30 PM IST - commencing July 5, 2020. Some introductory texts of Advaita Vedanta (Prakarana Granthas), attibuted to Sankaracharya, will be explained. This will help give a glimpse of the knowledge contained in the Upanishads and Gita as well as give a good grounding in the fundamentals of Vedanta. It will help immensely in the pursuit of Self Knowledge. Why should I take regular classes on Vedanta? ...
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