Arsha Vidya Center has been formed to introduce, promote and establish study of Vedanta for students and seekers in the San Francisco Bay Area in a traditional way through an unbroken sampradaya, that began with Lord Dakshinamurti, uplifted and maintained by Veda Vyasa and Adi Sankara, now handed directly to us by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Shri Vijay Kapoor, a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda, established the Arsha Vidya (Knowledge of the Rishis) - Center for traditional teaching of Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita, Meditation, Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting in 2001. All his lectures are in English, and are free of charge. Read more


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Swami Viditatmanandaji's annual visit (June 23rd to June 30th 2014)

Swami Tattvavidanandaji's annual visit (December 2013)

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New Classes

Please join two new weekly Vedanta classes starting mid-July
Vedanta holds that human suffering is primarily due to the fact we don't fully understand what we are made out of -- not just our partial, physical anatomy, but the complete anatomy. Once we learn that, we can deal with our life and future much more effectively. So taking up a text is about learning your own complete anatomy -- much like Medical Science 101, 201 etc. Starting in another few days, I will be teaching two new Vedantic texts, that may be new to most students in this area. They are:

(A) Laghu-vasudeva-mananam (Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 PM, starting Tuesday, July 15)
Chapter Outline.
This serves as an excellent review of the complete anatomy of the human being. It introduces all technical terms in Vedanta, and is laid out very logically. It is much more comprehensive than Tattvabodhah, but is still considered foundational in nature. In medical circles, it would be like a review of the nature of the body and mind, of diseases that affects them, and an introduction to the treatments. Both beginning and intermediate level students will benefit from this class.

This is an unusual Vedantic text -- it is in prose. If you know some Sanskrit, it will be very helpful to you; not only will I explain the sentences in the class, but Sri Srida Joisa, who has been studying this text with me, will be available to run a companion class (perhaps online) that helps you with Sanskrit words contained in it, including breaking sandhi. This way your Sanskrit will also get a brush-up.

(B) Taittiriya Upanisad (Saturdays from 8 to 9:30 AM, starting on Saturday, July 19)
Chapter Outline
This is a more advanced text, suitable for people that have been studying Vedanta for some time. The analogy in medical terms is to specialize on more entrenched diseases of the body-mind complex (panca kosa viveka), and offer detailed assistance on how to get rid of them. The specialty of this Upanisad is that all of it is usually chanted in Vedic svaras. That by itself is very beneficial, and very enjoyable. We will take between 20 to 30 minutes of each class learning to chant in unison.

For the Taittiriya class, you need to write to me ahead of time, and let me know your background in studying Vedanta.

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