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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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Adi Sankara’s Aparoksha Anubhuti  ( Retreat for Advanced Students)

Sat May 13 – Sat May 20, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg

I,  (Vijay Kapoor) am once again honored to be invited to hold a 1-week retreat at Saylorsburg, this time for experienced students. Perhaps Swami Viditatmanandaji feels that I, both as a direct disciple of Pujya Swami Dayanandaji, and also a householder can add a unique perspective to the study of Advaita Vedanta. I took the 2 ½ year course at Piercy in 1979-1982 and have been teaching in the Bay Area, currently to about 150 students, online. I feel even more honored that Swamiji has asked me to take an advanced text in the retreat, Adi Sankara’s Aparoksha Anubhuti. To coincide with this retreat, Swamiji is releasing his own book of commentary on Aparoksha Anubhuti. This will be given to all attendees.

This is a highly acclaimed work by Adi Sankara, that in 144 verses (Based on the advice by Swamiji, I will take up selected verses) explains why even a lifetime of study often does not yield a direct cognition of the timeless self. What takes this necessary, but only foundational study to a fruitful sense of freedom and joy is the subject of this text. It clearly lays out what one may be missing, how to think, how to discriminate between I the reality and my experiences as mithya. The text ends with a masterful step-by-step advice on how to do Vedantic meditation. This we will do during the retreat.

Please write to for details of the trip and arrangements.

Please forward this Flyer to anyone who may be interested in this opportunity.

Guru Dakshina for Vijayji’s classes can be given here

Donation to AVG:

OR locally to AVC:

Guru Dakshina

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AVC Vedanta classes

Saturday Mornings,  Tuesday Evenings, Thursday Lunch time – Sri Vijay Kapoor 


Sat 9-10.30 amBhagavad Gita  with Swami Shankaranandaji’s Commentary (Starting July 23 2022)
The class will incorporate Meditations, Teaching and Q&A Satsang.  9-10.30 Youtube broadcast.  See these links for class   Videos, and Text.

Tuesday 8.00pm to 9.30pmPancadasi –Brahmananda chapters (starting 26th July 2022)
See this link for class videos

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.

​To enquire about the classes, and to join the “AVC Students” whatsapp group, please send email to

​​Guru Dakshina for Vijayji’s classes can be given here
Guru Dakshina

Alternatively: use Zelle to transfer money by email to “”

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) 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.
b) Arsha Vidya Bala Gurukulam (AVBG) is offering online classes
All Arsha Vidya Bala Gurukulam classes for children are free to anyone who is interested, but please sign up on our website before attending.
Link to register:
c) Other  Local efforts to support such classes is being considered.

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 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