Ananda Mimamsa, (Taittriya Upanishad), 7 Morning and 7 Evening Discourses

We are very happy to announce that Swami Paramatmananda will be in the Bay Area from April 19h – 26th for discourses on Vedanta. We are fortunate to have Swamiji for 7 morning classes and 7 evening discourses. All sessions will be on the same topic.

Ananda Mimamsa is an enquiry into bliss, described in the Taittriya Upanishad.  It is also the essence of the Aitareya and Taittriya Upanishads, which are part of the Vedas. Ananda Mimamsa explores the nature of happiness and love, and how they are related to one’s true self. Ananda is a Sanskrit word that means bliss or joy.  Are you interested in learning more about Ananda Mimamsa or Ananda in general?
Where: 175 Nortech Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95134, 1st floor Hall.
When:  April 19th – April 26th
Program Schedule:
April 20th-April 26th, 8.30am till 10.30am:  Meditation and Lecture7 Evening sessions:
April 19th-April 25th, 7.30pm till 9.00pm:  Lecture and SatsangSpecial Satsang and Biksha Lunch
April 22nd (Saturday),  11.00am to 12.30 Satsang, 12.30 to 2.00pm Lunch (Free Registration required)

Registration:  Please register Here for the lunch on April 22nd. (Helps us in organizing supplies)

Many of you may have listened to Swamiji in the previous years. He had struck an excellent chord with the audience here, and we requested him to visit us every year. Fortunately, he made time for an extended visit this year. Swamiji has become an important figure in spiritual India. Being a direct disciple of Pujya Swami Dayanandaji, he has organized an ashram in Rajkot for teaching both householders and brahmacharis. His excellent grasp of the subject matter, and speaking style, learned from his great master, made him a favorite with Swami Dayananda. So much so, that when the historic Dharma Acharya Sabha was established, he was asked to be the secretary. So effective was he that upon Pujya Swamiji’s mahasamadhi, Swami Paramatmananda was appointed by all the mathadipatis – that included the Shankaracharyas – to become the head of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. This is a great honor! I hope you have a chance to learn from this spiritual master.


The second chapter of Taittiriya Upanishad, namely Ananda Valli and sometimes called Brahmananda Valli, focuses like other ancient Upanishads on the theme of Atman (Self). It asserts that “Atman exists”, it is Brahman, and realizing it is the highest, empowering, liberating knowledge. The Ananda Valli asserts that knowing one’s Self is the path to freedom from all concerns, fears and to a positive state of blissful living.



Announcing 3 Day Vedanta Retreat  and Public talks by Swamini Svatmavidyananda

See Swamini’s page  for Video recordings and Audio Prasadam talks.


Swamini has been known as a scholar and compasionate person teaching in the USA for several years and we are happy to invite her to do a series of intensive morning talks, and evening public talks during the January 18-21st 2019 weekend.

Swami Svatmavidyananda teaches and travels internationally, sharing her knowledge of Vedanta and Sanskrit at many institutions of repute such Sivananda Ashrams in California and Bahamas, and Yogaville, VA, and Zen meditation centers. Additionally, Swaminiji also teaches annually  at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, in Saylorsburg, PA. She is the Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, founded by Pujya Swamiji in 2004, which has teaching centers in Atlanta, GA,  Eugene, OR, Washington DC, Detroit, MI, Milwaukee, WI, and Fort Meyers, FL. See this Swamini’s page for more information.

Evening Vedanta Dindimah Talks 

Vedānta-Ḍiṇḍima is a profound and beautiful text that unfolds the truth of the self. Composed in the 15th C by Swami Naṛsimha Saraswati, a Shankaracharya in the Sringeri lineage, Vedānta-Ḍiṇḍima excels as a prakaraṇa-grantha –a text that systematically expounds the message of the Upaniṣads along with its pedagogy. The word “ḍiṇḍima” means “drumbeat.” In 94 verses, the text proclaims the essential teachings of Vedānta in a sonorous and easily assimilable manner.

Where: At the Sanatana Dharma Kendra 3102 Landess Ave, San Jose, CA 95132
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday Jan 18th – 20th  7.00pm to 8.30pm
Registration: Though optional for these evening sessions, registration helps us in our preparations. The session will be recorded for viewing later on YouTube and Livestream channels. Register Here 

Please print the first 3 pages of this PDF as the collateral text for the Talk

Vedanta Dindimaḥ Text


Adhyāsa in Vedānta, 3-Day Morning Retreat
The apparent contradiction between the truth of oneself as limitless and non-dually whole and one’s everyday reality mired in saṃsāra is due to what Adi Shankara famously termed as “adhyāsa” or subjective projection in his renowned introduction to the Brahmasutra. In this 3 retreat, Swami Svatmavidyananda will expound the gist of Adi Shankara’s introductory bhāṣya with a view to gaining a clearer understanding of the difference between Īśvara-sṛṣṭi and jīva-sṛṣṭi. The former is the manifest empirical reality in the form of the jagat, non-separate from Īśvara, while the latter is a subjective projection of one’s own rāga-dveṣa that instantaneously converts the jagat into a source of fear and sorrow. Knowing Īśvara-sṛṣṭi as Īśvara, the truth of oneself, one is never bound; not knowing jīva-sṛṣṭi as a personal projection, one can never be free.

Where: At the 691 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas. AVC Class room
When:  Saturday and Sunday, Monday  Jan 19-21st 2019
Registration: Please note that this classroom facility can only hold 30 or so seats, so it is initially reserved for current students, and is currently full.  The session will also be live streamed on YouTube and Livestream channels so additional people can view from home.  To be put on waitlist please send request to
Program Schedule:
9.00 to 9.30 – meditation
9.30 to 10.30 – class 1
10.30 – 11.00 break  (Tea , coffee provided)
11 to 12.00 – class 2
12.00 to 1.00 lunch  (Bring your own lunch)
1.00 to 2.00 – satsang Q&A

Please print the following PDF as the collateral for the Talks

Adhyasa Bhashya Text

For convenience, the optional online Gurudakshina donation for Swamini’s visit is provided here.

Swamini Svatmavidyanandaji is a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, the foremost teacher of Vedanta in modern times. Swaminiji is a
teacher of Vedanta and the acharya of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. Founded in 2004, Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is active in Atlanta, GA, Washington DC, and
Eugene, OR. Swaminiji travels extensively in the USA and the world teaching Vedanta. She is also active in interfaith activities and has represented Hinduism
and Vedanta at several global platforms. See for more details and for archived classes.
Online Classroom Links



Best wishes on this auspicious occasion – Happy Deepavali


May we take this occasion of celebrating Deepavali to remind ourselves that our innate nature is peacefulness, contentment and freedom. May we resolve to remove any covering of doubt, confusion and impurity etc. that prevents this natural light to manifest itself.

May we work toward both outer purity – cleanliness, a well structured life etc. – and internal purity – a truthful, simple, loving mind – as a way to let this natural light of Brahman to shine through us.

Harih Om, Vijay

Announcing Special Ayurveda Session on Nov 17th,  Next door to AVC class room.

Register now, limited spaces.