Arsha Vidya Center


Adult Classes

Our Resident teascher

Classes are held weekly, on Tuesdays evenings (7:30 to 9 PM; Sadhana Pancakam) and Saturdays mornings (9:30 to 11 AM; Vakya Vrtti) in classrooms A-B at the Jain Bhawan in Milpitas. If you would like to attend, please contact our teacher Sri Vijay Kapoor at  


Text Description

Vakya Vrtti: Authored by none other than Adi Sankara, this text is the summary of the 6th chapter of Chandogya Upanisad, which contains the famous vakya (sentence) Tattvamasi. The text systematically helps the student think through the erroneous conclusion that one is a samsari, a limited and suffering individual, instead of a timeless, changeless reality which is the very essence of Paramatma. This freedom from a life of samsara can only be achieved through convincing ourselves as to how the error is made.

The text consists of 53 verses, and will take about a year to cover, perhaps a bit more. It is particularly suitable for students that just completed the classes on Tattvabodhah, but both beginning and experienced students will benefit.

Sadhana Pancakam: Also by Adi Sankara, this well-regarded text is a must for all students of Vedanta. A summarized form of the advice given in the Bhagavad Gita, it provides the step-by-step set of values and attitudes that is a door to at least a happier life, and then as preparation for the ultimate understanding the real nature of oneself. In that sense, Vakya Vrtti is on 'what' and Sadhana Pancakam is on 'how'.

It is a relatively short text of 5 verses, and I estimate it should take 4-6 months to complete. Students will benefit by taking both classes, or just one, depending on what is convenient to them. As Pujya Swamiji says, 'shopping' for a text is like shopping for a mirror. After you select it, the real purpose is to see what you really look like. That is what Vedanta is, a mirror to yourself.

I hope you can join me in doing vicara, structured thinking, on our lives and ourselves.