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

Related Sites: Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (AVG) PA, USA | AVG Satsang - Audios & PDF'a by Swamijis from AVG | Rishikesha Gurukulam, India| Coimbatore Gurukulam, India| Ahmedabad Gurukulam, India
Weekly Classes & Talks


Current Weekly Classes by Shri Vijay Kapoor

Public Talks in the Bay Area


Swami Viditatmanandaji's annual visit (June 22rd to June 25th 2015)

Swami Tattvavidanandaji's annual visit (December 2013)

More Dakshinamurti Videos are here.

What is Vedanta?

This may surprise you, but long ago, the mystery of life was definitively solved. The means for you to do the same is available at this very moment, should you choose to pursue it. Using irrefutable logic and insightful analysis of your everyday experiences, the time tested teachings of Vedanta offer verifiable answers to life's biggest queries such as, "Who am I? Why am I here? How can I be permanently free from limitation and suffering?" Along the way, it also expounds on such topics as the nature of God, the cause of the universe, love, the mind, the world, and your relationship to them all.

Although these teachings have been passed from teacher to student since time immemorial, it is unlikely you have ever heard of anything like Vedanta; it does not try to replace your old beliefs with new beliefs, or prescribe for you an endless regimen of activities and practices. Rather, it gives you a proven means to investigate and ascertain the absolute meaning of reality, the truth of your existence.

Knowing this negates the need for beliefs and practices because the truth need not be believed in because it is the truth; it need not be practiced because it always is. Action cannot produce something that already is - your true nature - it can only be understood.

This notion is radical, and because of this, Vedanta is captivating, thought provoking, and its implications are life-altering. Since it will call into question every assumption you have ever made about yourself and your pursuit for meaning, Vedanta is also challenging and potentially frustrating. But ultimately, if you are qualified and dedicated, it is permanently liberating. When you understand the beautiful meaning of Vedanta - that you are non-dual, whole, eternal, limitless, and ever-free - you will seek no more. This is the knowledge that ends your search for knowledge, or in other words, your search for meaning and completeness; it is the permanent end of suffering, limitation, and spiritual seeking. The purpose of this teaching it to make Vedanta - the means to this knowledge - available to everyone in a clear, straightforward manner.

Arsha Vidya Center is our local bay area center, dedicated for the study of Vedanta through weekly classes.

(Description cited from Vishnudeva Sanders)

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