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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Weekly Classes & Talks


Current Weekly Classes by Shri Vijay Kapoor

Public Talks in the Bay Area


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

Swami Tattvavidanandaji's annual visit (December 2013)

More Dakshinamurti Videos are here.

New Classes in 2015

Jain Bhawan, 722 S Main, Milpitas CA
Teacher: Shri Vijay Kapoor
Talks are in English, and are free of charge
All are welcome. Prior registration not required, but invited

1. Bhagavad Gita (A Systematic end-to-end study): Starts on Saturday, Feb 28. Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 AM

An opportunity to understand Gita
The quintessential guide to a happy life, and to immortality beyond this life. Revered in India through the ages, respected by the whole world, it is a must read by everyone. Yet, it's message is not easy to grasp, it's deeper meanings evade us. It can even be confusing to interpret - duty vs. what feels good, action vs. knowledge, conquest of the wrong tendencies, and so on. It is like a complex puzzle, sometime needing an experienced guide.

Nature of the class
Weekly discourses, in English, but extensive use of Sanskrit. Last 15-20 minutes will be Q&A. Guided meditation from time to time. Correct chanting will be taught. All verses in all chapters will be covered. Verses will be read, sentence meanings conveyed and relevance to the topic or topics will be explained. All classes will be recorded, for the benefit of occasional absences.

2. Kathopanisad: Starts on Tuesday, Feb 24. Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 PM

Kathopanisad is one of the more important Upanisads and gets its name from being part of the Katha section of the Krishna Yajurveda. It is the tale of young Naciketas being sent to Yamaraja by his father, and then receiving Brahma Vidya from the Lord Yama himself.

Nine years have passed since I taught this text. I will give details later, but just as in the case of Taittiriya Upanisad, I intend to emphasize going over Kathopanisad with the help of additional texts. It will be much more in-depth than before, and I would like to make sure that students on it's roster are very committed to advanced study.

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