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In keeping with changing conditions, please note that weekly Saturday and Tuesday classes are livestreamed online at AVC BayArea Youtube channel.   See  detailed instructions below.

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Swami Muktatmananda Evening Public talks, Dec 7th-10th

Swami Muktatmananda from the Arsha Vidya Pitham, will be in the Bay Area in the week of Dec 7th-10th. Please attend his talks and bring your friends and family to introduce them to spirituality and benefit from the understanding of the “Essence of Bhagavad Gita”.

Title: Essence of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

Schedule (note 2 different venues):

Talk1: 12/07/2023, Thursday: 5:30-7:30pm
Venue: Sri Satya Narayana Swami Devsthanam, 475 Los coches st, Milpitas, CA, 95035

Talk 2: 12/08/2023, Friday: 5:30-7:30pm
Talk 3: 12/09/2023, Saturday: 4:30-6:30pm
Talk 4: 12/10/2023, Sunday : 4:30-6:30pm
Venue: Vedic Dharma Samaj, Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Dr, Fremont, CA 94538


Swami Muktatmananda is a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda and Swami Viditatmananda. In addition to regular Vedanta classes at AVG, Swamiji is also teaching ongoing weekend classes on Bhagavad Gita and engaging in community outreach. Swamiji delivers the teachings with clarity and ease. Learn more about him at Swami Muktatmananda – Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

Swamini Svatmavidyananda  Day Time Retreat Jan 6-7th 2024 

Swamini Svatmavidyananda is visiting the Bay Area Jan 1-8th 2024. We have organized an in-person weekend mini daytime retreat on Jan 6/7.  Please plan to attend and connect with Swamini during her visit.  Save the dates.  More details to follow.

Title: Selected Verses from Saddarshanam
Venue: BayVP, 175 Nortech Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134

Schedule for Sat/Sunday Jan 6th-7th
Saturday: Class 1: 9.30-10.30am, Class 2: 11.00 to 12pm.  Lunch Registration), Satsang 1.30-2.30pm
Sunday:   Class 3: 9.30-10.30am, Class 4: 11.00 to 12pm.

This retreat will be on selected niddidyasanam verses from Saddarshanam and will benefit Vedanta students. More details to come.  Please indicate your intention to come for the special retreat lunch and REGISTER. There will also be a book sale on Saturday at the venue. Contacts:,

Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati is a long-term disciple of Pujya Swami Dayanandaji.  Swamini teaches and travels internationally, sharing her knowledge of Vedanta and Sanskrit at many institutions of repute such Arsha Vidya Gurukulams, Sivananda Ashrams, and Indica programs. Visit the YouTube Channel

Comprehensive online course of Vedanta based on Mandukya Karika. 

Sat 8.30-10.00 amMandukya Upanisad with Karika. 
Class  Videos, Class  Texts, Class Transcripts
Register by sending email to (give your background)

All classes of the course will be live streamed online on the AVC YouTube channel, and also available for later viewing. Classes will be held on Saturdays, from 8:30 to 10 AM, PST. We will have a course introduction live on YouTube on Sat, Sept 23. The first class will commence on Sat, Sept 30.
As many of you know, Arsha Vidya Center conducted classes on this topic 5 years ago. I consider them as one step toward deeper understanding. This time, we will do a more detailed and advanced inquiry. My own recent studies have yielded increased clarity, with the help of transcribed discourses from Swami Akhandanandaji.


Tuesday 8.00pm to 9.30pmShiva Sankalpa Sukta (Sept 19th onwards)

Class Videos,   Class Texts

The importance of the hymn Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is revealed by its presence in several Upanisads. It is also called an Upanisad by itself. We will follow the version with 6 verses from the Shukla Yajurveda. One can find several talks on it by different Swamis, Swami Pratyagbodhanandaji, Swami Tejomayanandaji among others. There is a text in Hindi by Swami Akhandanandaji in 108 pages, which I found to be clearly revealing and insightful. I intend to take a short set of classes (10-12?) based on this text. The 6 verses have Vedic svaras (intonations) that make it convenient to commit to memory and chant often to steady the mind. (We will chant online to practice)
There are two files on our gdrive from where you can print the verses. One has the 6 verses in Devanagari with English sentence meaning. The second has svaras, but without meaning. Also, I found a version on the internet that has given word meanings as well. Go to the link If there are other references to it from the net, please share.
I hope you can join me as we explore the beautiful thoughts revealed as we discuss them in a class. Harih Om. Vijay

Here is how you can attend the live class:  
Click on the link to go to   AVCBayarea – Live classes channel on Youtube for  “Live streams” page   > click on the “live” class video that may be running -> make your presence known on Chat window using the chat text space below the Chat window.
Index of all AVC Talks,  click here.
Subscribe to the AVC BayArea channel so you can receive notifications on when a class has started by  clicking on “Subscribe” button or the “bell” icon at home page.
​​Guru Dakshina for Vijayji’s classes can be given here
Guru Dakshina Alternatively: use Zelle to transfer money by email to “”

Swamini Svatmavidyananda  Bay Area Visit,  Sept 4th, 

A) Sept 4th, AVC Talk, 7pm to 8.30pm -completed
Title: Self-Knowledge in Day to Day Life
This  addressed the connections between self-knowledge and everyday life. How does the person of self-knowledge (jñānī) negotiate the everyday world? How does one who has kicked duality in the face due to the complete assimilation of the knowledge that one is non-separate from Brahman, the cause of the Universe, continue to live in that duality?

B) Sept 8th, Google Talk 11am to noon -completed
Topic: Women and the Hindu Tradition
audio recording

Swami Sachidananda visited Aug 18-20

Topic: Ashtavakra Gita Ch 12 V1-8 completed.
Recorded video talks can be accessed  at  Playlist

Sanskrit Classes and Resources
Knowing sanskrit is beneficial in deeper understanding, assimilating and remembering  of Vedanta teachings.  There are several resources for learning.
Kumud Singhal has taught Sanskrit in the local Bay Area for several years. See this page for the extensive details, about learning the language, and various resources  available. She has published some excellent and enjoyable books.

Self Study Satsang Groups
Participating in self study satsang groups is a good way to  stay immersed in the Vedanta language.  Groups can be formed per your experiences or locations.
a) Swami Parmarthatnanda has suggested a sylable of classes to study in a particular order  See this chart.  The PDFs of the Upanisads are located here.
You may download an Android App called “Sastraprakasika” and purchase the digital audios, either for self study or group study.
b) Contact Kumar Padmini to enquire about joining a BGita study group.

Children’s Classes and Resources
a) AVBG is offering children’s classes at 8 levels, Register Now
The Arsha Vidya Bala-gurukulam (AVBG) Vedic Heritage program for 2022-23 is greatly appreciated by all. The program attracted hundreds of students from far and wide, all of whom graduated under the guidance of highly dedicated and experienced teachers. I am pleased to announce that registration for 2023-24 has started.The link is  Registration is required by August 15th to avoid disappointment
There are eight levels for children between 6th and 17th years. You or your friends with children in this age group can benefit from this opportunity if they are interested in the Vedic Heritage program.
From: Suddhatma Chaitanya and the BalaGurukulam Team

b) Kumud Singhal has taught children on Hinduism, Culture and Tradition for several years. See this page for extensive details. She has published  several very popular, colorful and enjoyable books (available on Amazon) on Hindu Culture and learning Hindi for children.  These are highly recommended.

AIM for Seva – Fulfilling and Beneficial Seva opportunities for AVC students
Transforming Rural India, One Child at a Time
Danam – Giving is twice blessed, it blesses the one who gives and the one who receives 
Be a Contributor not just a Consumer 

Learn all about the great contributions and postive  change affected by our local  efforts.
Be a part of the Seva Movement and donate , select the  ” AVC Legacy Science lab, Roorkee” or the “FSHs sponsored by Bay Area”.
See this wonderful  video clip for a short presentation.  For volunteering in our local activities, please send email to with your interests. Several programs are underway throughout the year.

AVG Arsha Vidya Gurukulam  newsletters and online Talks

See AVG/AVP USA links as below for classes in English:
Schedule of eventsLive broadcast and archived courses link Course audio recordings can be purchased at this new AVP media site,
Digital book store   Arshavidya India newsletters

Pujya Swami Dayananda
Please see this page for more details about Pujya Swamiji, founder of Arsha Vidya and AIM for Seva organisations,  and his Audio / Video recordings

Why Study Vedanta – Swami Dayananda 

Arsha Vidya Swamis followed by Bay Area students

Swami Viditatmananda

Please see this page for more info and Audio / Video recordings
Tribute to Swamiji by Vijay Kapoorji: Swami Viditatmananda as Mahatma
Swamiji’s Video Talks

Swami Tattvavidananda

Please see this page for more info and Audio / Video recordings
A youtube channel for Videos Talks 
Atma bodha talks Nov 2022

Swami Paramarthananda Discources


Please see this page for more info and Audio / Video recordings.  For more insights of his teachings, visit this page Current ongoing audio talks on new classes
Android App for other important talks: “sastraprakasika”

Swamini  Svatmavidyananda

Please see this page for more info and Audio / Video recordings. 
Swaminiji’s Youtube channel  Playlists 
Living Vedanta Talk on Nov 27th, 2022 in Hayward

Swami Paramatmananda

Swamiji is continuing to give virtual online talks via Whatsapp groups

Chanting and mantras

Ten  Important Shanti Mantras from Upanishads

Other important Vedanta mantras  Here
Shiva Rudram Sri-Rudram-Text-Anuvakam-1-11-devanagari-transliteration-translation

Nirvana Shatkam chant with lyrics watch on youtube  Link
Audio chant Listen here  & Lyrics