Starting in March 2017

If you are looking for an understandable, yet in-depth study of Vedanta, you do not want to miss this opportunity, which comes about every two years. Self-knowledge should be studied with a teacher from the beginning of texts – causes of obstacles to happiness in life have to be clearly shown, then ways to remove them guided in depth. If worldly disciplines like medicine or engineering require sustained study, then why should the study of truth – about ourselves, the creation we experience and the creator – be any less!.

Mandukya Upanisad with Karika.

Saturdays at 8 to 9:30 AM, First class March 18, 2017

Mandukya is generally the last Upanisad to be studied, before the final step, Brahma Sutras, by serious students. It explains the meaning of the sacred word OM, a complete exposition of our life. Its brevity and subtlety require skilled explanation. Who better than Sri Gaudapada, Adi Sankara’s guru’s guru, who has written a famous, technical composition on Madukya in the form of Karika. This is further elucidated by Swami Maheshananda’s discourses. That will be the basis of the class.

Dakshinamurti Stotram with Manasollasa

Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 PM, First Class March 21, 2017

Dakshinamurti Stotram is a masterful summary of Self knowledge in just 10 verses by Adi Sankara. It is held in such high regard that it is traditionally chanted before the study of Brahma Sutras. Again, the subtleties of thought require a detailed commentary. The one called Manasollasa is composed by one of Adi Sankara’s four famous direct disciples, Sri Sureshwaracharya. Swami Maheshananda has written a work on it in highly sanskritized Hindi. We will follow that.

Bhagavad Gita (continuing class)

Saturday morning 9.30 am to 11.00am, current class.

All classes in Jain Bhawan, 722 S Main, Milpitas CA

The Teacher

You may be seeking the right guru. Sri Vijay Kapoor is similarly seeking students with the right disposition. Both are difficult to find, so we need Isvara’s blessings to get us together. Sri Kapoor was introduced to Vedanta by Swami Chinmayananda in 1973. From 1979 to 1982, he attended the residential Vedanta course conducted by Swami Dayananda, having taken a leave of absence from HP. Since 2006, Sri Kapoor has been deeply influenced by the works of Swami Maheshanada Giri, founder of the Sankara Math in Mt Abu. After retiring from HP in 1999, he founded the Arsha Vidya Center in the Bay Area, and has taught Vedanta to over 300 dedicated students. Currently about 125 students regularly attend his 3 weekly classes.