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)

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Discourses on Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 13 by Swami Viditatmanandaji (June 22rd to June 25th, 2015) flyer | souvenir

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 flyer

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 (An In-depth Study): Starts on Tuesday, Feb 24. Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 PM flyer

The Text
The word Upanishad consists of 3 parts: Upa, meaning innermost, i.e you; Ni, meaning definite, clear; Sad/Sat, meaning knowledge that removes a false sense of limitation from oneself, revealing a beautiful and happy nature that you are. Upanishads are part of Vedas, and form the basis of all Vedic/Hindu thought. Kathopanishad is one of 10 major ones that should be studied by all serious students - from a competent, experienced teacher, and not independently.

Nature of the class
This class is ideally suited to experienced students - ones who have studied Upanishads before, including Kathohopanisad. This text was last taught in 2005-2006. Although new students will be accepted, the focus will be on mananam (the 'how' of gaining self-knowledge). In this teaching, texts by Swami Parmarthananda (a renowned student of Swami Dayananda), a text called Anubhuti Prakasha by Swami Vidyaranya (famous author of Pancadashi), and commentaries by Swami Maheshananda (founder of Dakshinamurti Matha) will be mainly relied on. Working knowledge of Sanskrit is not required, but will help.

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