The History

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar founded this Gurukulam as an offering to Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. His association with Pujya Swamiji goes back to his childhood. When the young Shrikant was a student of sixth grade Pujya Swamiji gave a series of talks under the aegis of Chinmaya Mission on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavadgita. The young Shrikant wrote down the notes from the talks in shorthand and later wrote a transcript of the talks. This was later published as a booklet by the Chinmaya Mission. Eventually, Dr. Shrikant Jichkar became the president of the Chinmaya Mission, Nagpur. After losing touch with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati for many years, he met Swamiji in Nagpur when Swamiji came for a series of talks in the year 1999. Soon after that he visited the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. The idea of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur was born then at Anaikatti. He requested Swamiji to have a Gurukulam at Nagpur, the centre of India and Swamiji agreed. That is how Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur was born. Pujya Sri Swamiji appointed Sri Swamini Brahmaprakasananda as a Acharya in-charge of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

About the Gurukulam

Vedas, the most ancient and comprehensive body of knowledge, have their origin in the primordial creator and have been received by humanity through our sages, Rishis. As the Rishis are the primary human links in the knowledge chain, the knowledge is Arsha meaning ‘From the Rishis’. Incredibly, this unique body of knowledge, vijnana, has been preserved in letter and spirit to this day due to the guru-sishya parampara, teacher-student lineage, kept alive at the traditional institutions of learning and culture called Gurukulams. Every student is resident in the Gurukulam for the entire duration of education.

 

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is a unique Gurukulam where traditional teaching goes on simultaneously in both Veda and Vedanta.

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam

Founders

Pujya Swamiji

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is the paramacharya and paramount trustee of the gurukulam. Swamiji, an outstanding traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta and eminent Sanskrit Scholar, has been teaching in India and abroad for the last 40 years. One of Swamiji’s unique contributions to humanity has been designing and teaching three year resident Vedanta and Sanskrit courses. This is the fourth Gurukulam established by Swamiji in addition to the three earlier institutions of learning and culture – one each at Rishikesh in the Himalayas, Anaikatti near Coimbatore in South India and Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in the USA. Swamiji has personally taught six resident courses, four in India and two in the United States. Each course had about sixty graduates fully committed to the preservation of this wonderful tradition. More than 250 of these graduates are engaged in imparting this sacred knowledge all over the world and have set up numerous centers of learning. Swamiji’s disciples are now teaching in the four Gurukulams established by him, in the true spirit of a live teaching tradition. After teaching Vedanta for over four decades Swamiji now fears the erosion of the person living a life of dharma (dharmi), integral for protecting sanatana dharma, due to onslaught from various sources. With this in mind he has initiated a service oriented movement called the All India Movement (AIM) for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), under the aegis of the Acharya Sabha, where the primary goal is to protect the dharmi, through various activities.

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar (1954 - 2004)

Ex. Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha),

 

M.B.B.S.; M.D.; D.B.M.;

M.B.A.; B. Journ;

LL.M. (International Law);

M.A. (Public Administration);

M.A. (Sociology);

M.A. (Economics);

M.A. (Sanskrit);

M.A. (History);

M.A. (English Literature);

M.A. (Philosophy);

M.A. (Political Science);

M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology),

D.Litt. (Sanskrit)

Ex. I.P.S.(1978),I.A.S.(1980)

Aahitagni – Diksita - Somayaji

 

This Gurukulam is the brain child of the visionary, former Minister and Member of Parliament  Late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar. Dr. Jichkar's years of association with Swamiji and significantly a visit to the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti in 1999 gave birth to the conception of this Gurukulam.

 Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was a man of staggering academic, professional and spiritual achievement. Looking at his achievement one may be pardoned for thinking it to be incredulous. Limca Book of Records lists him as the most qualified person in India. It is indeed sad that the world could not benefit from a man of such caliber due to his untimely demise at the age of 50 on June 2, 2004.

 

Some of his spiritual achievements are as under:

• Was associated with Swami Chinmayananda who made him the first President of Chinmaya Yuva  Kendra.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 1969.

 

• Served as the National Coordinator of the AIM for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), a movement for service in remote areas.

 

• Was felicitated by the Sankaracharya of Kanchi with special honours for his work among Adivasis on the occasion of the Kanchi Acharyas Peetharohan Golden Jubilee.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, as his devotee.

 

• Was coordinating the work of the Dharma Samstha Pramukh, a council of religious leaders in India.

 

• Was a nitya Agnihotri (one who establishes at the time of marriage the three sacred Vedic fires and maintains it every day of the rest of his life).

 

• Performed the Agnishtom and Vajapeya Somayajnas which have got him the title of ‘Dixit’ and ‘Somayaji’.

 

• Represented the Hindu Dharma at Global Religious Leaders Conference at Seville, Spain in 2003.

Besides this, his professional achievements include:

 

• IPS (Indian Police Service) in 1978

• IAS (Indian Administrative Services) in 1980

• Rose in politics as a student and youth leader.

 

• Was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1980 becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25. Subsequently became a government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.

 

• Was elected to the Rajya Sabha, upper house in the Parliament, in 1992 after 12 years in the Maharashtra Legislature and served as MP till 1998.

 

• Worked on several important committees of the State and Central Government, including the Parliamentary Standing committee on Finance; Patents committee; the Planning Board; Resources Mobilization Committee; Taxation Reforms committee , High Power committee on Irrigation and on Transport.

 

• Was appointed as a One Member Committee in 1992 to found the Sanskrit University in Maharashtra now known as Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University. He was elected the first Chancellor.

 

• Served as the president of Maharashtra State Marathi Encyclopedia Production Board.

 

• Travelled around the world representing India and leading Indian delegations on several forums including the UNO, the UNESCO etc.

 

• Had one of the biggest personal libraries in India with 52,000 books.

 

 Teaching Programs

Veda

Vedanta

Veda

The Vedas, the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda form the most ancient body of knowledge of the world. When Veda Vyasa compiled them, there were more than thousand Sakhas, recensions, of all the four Vedas put together. Today, only eleven Sakhas are available. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is committed to preserving the existing Sakhas of the Veda.

 

Preservation would be in the form of preserving the oral tradition by teaching the students from a very young age and making them master at least one Sakha of the Veda along with all the allied fields of knowledge connected to Veda and Vedic rituals. Thus, with this objective, we started the teaching program of two Sakhas in 2001 with the inauguration of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. The two Sakhas were the Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda and the Kanva Sakha of Shukla Yajur Veda.

 

Of these two, due to anavoidable circumstances, the Kanva Sakha of the Sukla Yajur Veda had to be discontinued after three years. The Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda ran its successful course and the students graduated in 2010.

We are still committed to doing this work of preserving the Veda and the Vedic tradition.

Vedanta

Our teaching programs in Vedanta, Sanskrit & other allied subjects are meant for adults who have a quest for self enquiry. To them, we impart the knowledge of Brahma Vidya in a three year residential course through the study of Prasthanatraya. Prasthanatraya consists of the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma Sutras. We teach the Prasthanatraya with the bhashya of Sri Adishankaracharya. In this residential teaching program, we also teach the Sanskrit language along with the Paninian system of grammar, elements of the Indian system of logic and other allied subjects.

 

The teaching program also includes training in Vedic chanting, performing pujas.

 

Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Events

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam announces a three month course in Vedanta & Sanskrit starting from February 1, 2017. It is a residential course. It is a preliminary to the fourth long term three year course in Vedanta & Sanskrit at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

 

The medium of instruction of the course is English. The course will involve a minimum of four hours of instruction per day. It is likely to be an hectic course.

 

We invite applications from men and women who already have a background of studying Vedanta and Sanskrit, preferably from any teacher of Arsha Vidya Parampara. We invite applications from men and women of age between 35 and 65 years.

 

The applicant :

1. Should be at least a graduate from any of the universities,

2. Should be fluent in English,

3. should have worked in a job for at least five years in any capacity.

 

As per the tradition the teaching is free. There are no tuition fees. In the ancient times, the rulers supported the Gurukulam where such knowledge was imparted. In modern times, there are no such support systems and therefore the students are expected to contribute towards knowledge and boarding.

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Faculty

Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini

Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaleenananda

Saraswati

Swami Chitsvarupananda

Saraswati

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati

Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati (Chief Acharya)

Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati was born in Tamil Nadu at Rasipuram, Dist. Salem, on January 5, 1951. She moved to Mumbai at the age of six and continued her education in Mumbai. In her teens, she came into contact with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and became his disciple since then.

 

She entered the medical profession by gaining the degree of MBBS from the Mumbai University from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. From then on, she continued to study further and gained the Post-Graduate degree of M.D. in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1979.

 

All along, she was a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati attending all the public talks and long term course classes at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Chinmaya Mission, Powai as an external student whenever possible. And at his behest, after post-graduation, practiced in a village Dahanu, an Adivasi area in Thane district, 120 km from Mumbai, as a Gynaecologist from 1979. In Dahanu, she worked at the Brethren Mission Hospital, initially as a Gynaecologist and later on as the Medical Superintendent. Later, from 1984 till 1990, she ran a twenty bedded multispecialty private nursing home up to 1990. All along, she kept up the study of Vedanta from Pujya Swamiji through the audio recordings.

 

At the behest of Pujya Swamiji, with his blessings, she could find a teacher in Dahanu who could teach her the Paninian System of Grammar and other texts in Sanskrit. She pursued the study of Paniniya Vykarana and other texts for nearly twelve years from Shri. Bhandari, who was a scholar in Sanskrit.

 

When Pujya Swamiji started the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam and a three-and-half year course in October 1990 in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, she joined as a student of that course. She had the privilege of teaching Sanskrit in her own course. After graduating from that course in 1994, she continued to teach Vedanta and Sanskrit and administer the next course at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti under the guidance of Pujya Swamiji and Acharya, Swami Siddhabodhananda. She also taught Vedanta and Sanskrit as an outreach program at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore for seven years. She taught the Bhagavadgita, few Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and Sanskrit along with the Paninian System of Grammar.

 

She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

During the years at Anaikatti, she edited and helped in the publication of the Second English Edition of Bhagwadgita Home Study Course of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the editing and publication of other works of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the administration and running of the Gurukulam at Anaikatti from its inception in 1990 till she moved to Nagpur in 2001.

 

When Pujya Swamiji wanted to start a Gurukulam at Vedapuri, Nagpur at the request of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, Pujya Swamiji sent her as the Chief Acharya to start and run Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam in 2001. Since then, she is Chief Acharya of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. She also conducts outreach program of Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Nagpur.

 

She was awarded the title of Mahamahopadhyaya in Sanskrit by Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu on August 04, 1942. She did her schooling in Chennai and her medical studies, MBBS in 1963 and an MD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1972 at Madras Medical College. Further she went to UK and did her MRCOG and worked and taught there as a Gynaecologist for nearly two years. Later she worked and taught in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for nearly five years in Nigeria. Later she was Head of Department in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for five years till October 1990.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda met Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 1967, when she was doing her post-graduation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. While working in various medical colleges she also attended the Public talks of Pujya Swamiji and the classes of Swami Paramarthanandaji whenever possible. In December 1990, she joined the first three-and-half year residential course in Vedanta and Sanskrit at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. After completion of the course, for a short period she taught in Rishikesh and also helped in the Gurukulam.

 

In October 1995, she moved to Salem, established the Arsha Vidya Prakasika Centre and has been teaching there since then till today. She has translated the Bhagwadgita Home Study and other books of Pujya Sri Swamiji into Tamil. She has also helped in editing various other books like the Vishnu Sahasranama and the Bhagwadgita Home Study in book form. She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

From November 2005, she has been teaching in Coimbatore also. Between 2005 and 2010, she has

conducted some camps and also assisted Pujya Swamiji in some camps at the Gurukulam and moved to Coimbatore in 2009. Under the outreach program of the Gurukulam, Swamini does the weekend classes at the Gurukulam and also teaches in the City and in a Senior citizen home. She teaches both in English and Tamil. In these 20 years she has taught a few rounds of the entire Bhagavadgita and also some Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and also Sanskrit. She continues to do classes in Salem and also goes now and then to talk to the students at Manjakudi, the birth place of Pujya Swamiji.

 

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati was born in South Canara on June 26, 1962 in a wealthy agricultural family. He did his graduation in commerce line but had deep spiritual yearnings and became a seeker and left home in 1990 and joined Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana (SVYAS) at Bengaluru. He qualified in Yoga and Yoga Therapy and taught Yoga and Yoga Therapy in SVYAS till 1995.

 

Then his quest took him to Rishikesh and there he studied Vedanta And Sanskrit in Swami Dayananda Ashram and in 2001, when Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam started functioning in Nagpur city, he joined as a student for Vedanta and Sanskrit. He studied a long-term course for nearly three years at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

 

When Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam was inaugurated at Vedapuri, Nagpur, he was a faculty member and an advanced student in the first long-term course at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, which started in 2004. He taught Vedic Chanting, Sanskrit and performance of the Pujas till 2008. When Sri Dakshinamurti Krishna temple was built at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Vedapuri, he contributed immensely in the process of construction and later training the priests in the methods of Puja and caring for the temple.

 

In 2008, he moved to Mysore, Karnataka and till date he is teaching Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting to young and old in person and through Skype. His students on Skype are from various countries.

 

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati was born on 29 April 1981. The Swami showed spiritual inclination since early childhood. He graduated as a mechanical engineer in the year 2002. Instead of choosing a secular career as an engineer, he left home at the age of 22 in search of the ultimate truth. After spending a few years in sadhana and scriptural studies in various ashrams across India, he joined the 3 years course in Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur and studied the perennial wisdom of Vedanta from Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati. After completion of the course, the Swami spent some time studying various scriptures in Rishikesh.

The swami received initiation into Sannyasa from Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati on the Mahashivaratri day of 2013. He has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Bengaluru since July 2013.

 

Board of Trustees

Paramount Trustee and Paramacharya - Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati

 

Chief Acharya & Trustee - Swamini Brahmaprakasananda

 

President - Smt. Rajashri S. Jichkar

 

Vice-President - Sri. Avinash N. Pande

                         Sri. Ramesh B. Girde

 

Secretary & Treasurer - Sri. Pramod L. Jaiswal

 

Trustees - Sri. Madhav C. Kinkhede

      Sri. Raju W. Korde

                            Sri. Ramesh (Nana) P. Gawande

                  Sri. Yajnavalkya S. Jichkar

Location

Ensconced in the heart of a pristine forest, surrounded by hills on all sides, embraced by two rivulets (called Sruti and smrti) and embellished by a lake (Moksha-sarovar) nearby - The Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam - on about a fifty acres of land & at a distance of about 45 kms from Nagpur.

Temple

There is a Lord Dakshinamurti-Sri Krishna temple in our Gurukulam premises.The temple has shrines for - Lord Ganesha (Siddhi Vinayaka), Lord Shiva (Vedavedantesvara), Lord Dakshinamurti as the main deity, and Lord Krishna as Gitacharya.

This temple has been constructed strictly as per the guidelines of our ancient scriptures, the Agama Sastras.

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The History

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar founded this Gurukulam as an offering to Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. His association with Pujya Swamiji goes back to his childhood. When the young Shrikant was a student of sixth grade Pujya Swamiji gave a series of talks under the aegis of Chinmaya Mission on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavadgita. The young Shrikant wrote down the notes from the talks in shorthand and later wrote a transcript of the talks. This was later published as a booklet by the Chinmaya Mission. Eventually, Dr. Shrikant Jichkar became the president of the Chinmaya Mission, Nagpur. After losing touch with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati for many years, he met Swamiji in Nagpur when Swamiji came for a series of talks in the year 1999. Soon after that he visited the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. The idea of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur was born then at Anaikatti. He requested Swamiji to have a Gurukulam at Nagpur, the centre of India and Swamiji agreed. That is how Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur was born. Pujya Sri Swamiji appointed Sri Swamini Brahmaprakasananda as a Acharya in-charge of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

About the Gurukulam

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam

Founders

Pujya Swamiji

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is the paramacharya and paramount trustee of the gurukulam. Swamiji, an outstanding traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta and eminent Sanskrit Scholar, has been teaching in India and abroad for the last 40 years. One of Swamiji’s unique contributions to humanity has been designing and teaching three year resident Vedanta and Sanskrit courses. This is the fourth Gurukulam established by Swamiji in addition to the three earlier institutions of learning and culture – one each at Rishikesh in the Himalayas, Anaikatti near Coimbatore in South India and Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in the USA. Swamiji has personally taught six resident courses, four in India and two in the United States. Each course had about sixty graduates fully committed to the preservation of this wonderful tradition. More than 250 of these graduates are engaged in imparting this sacred knowledge all over the world and have set up numerous centers of learning. Swamiji’s disciples are now teaching in the four Gurukulams established by him, in the true spirit of a live teaching tradition. After teaching Vedanta for over four decades Swamiji now fears the erosion of the person living a life of dharma (dharmi), integral for protecting sanatana dharma, due to onslaught from various sources. With this in mind he has initiated a service oriented movement called the All India Movement (AIM) for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), under the aegis of the Acharya Sabha, where the primary goal is to protect the dharmi, through various activities.

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar (1954 - 2004)

Ex. Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha),

 

M.B.B.S.; M.D.; D.B.M.;

M.B.A.; B. Journ;

LL.M. (International Law);

M.A. (Public Administration);

M.A. (Sociology);

M.A. (Economics);

M.A. (Sanskrit);

M.A. (History);

M.A. (English Literature);

M.A. (Philosophy);

M.A. (Political Science);

M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology),

D.Litt. (Sanskrit)

Ex. I.P.S.(1978),I.A.S.(1980)

Aahitagni – Diksita - Somayaji

 

This Gurukulam is the brain child of the visionary, former Minister and Member of Parliament  Late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar. Dr. Jichkar's years of association with Swamiji and significantly a visit to the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti in 1999 gave birth to the conception of this Gurukulam.

 Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was a man of staggering academic, professional and spiritual achievement. Looking at his achievement one may be pardoned for thinking it to be incredulous. Limca Book of Records lists him as the most qualified person in India. It is indeed sad that the world could not benefit from a man of such caliber due to his untimely demise at the age of 50 on June 2, 2004.

 

Some of his spiritual achievements are as under:

• Was associated with Swami Chinmayananda who made him the first President of Chinmaya Yuva  Kendra.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 1969.

 

• Served as the National Coordinator of the AIM for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), a movement for service in remote areas.

 

• Was felicitated by the Sankaracharya of Kanchi with special honours for his work among Adivasis on the occasion of the Kanchi Acharyas Peetharohan Golden Jubilee.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, as his devotee.

 

• Was coordinating the work of the Dharma Samstha Pramukh, a council of religious leaders in India.

 

• Was a nitya Agnihotri (one who establishes at the time of marriage the three sacred Vedic fires and maintains it every day of the rest of his life).

 

• Performed the Agnishtom and Vajapeya Somayajnas which have got him the title of ‘Dixit’ and ‘Somayaji’.

 

• Represented the Hindu Dharma at Global Religious Leaders Conference at Seville, Spain in 2003.

Besides this, his professional achievements include:

 

• IPS (Indian Police Service) in 1978

• IAS (Indian Administrative Services) in 1980

• Rose in politics as a student and youth leader.

 

• Was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1980 becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25. Subsequently became a government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.

 

• Was elected to the Rajya Sabha, upper house in the Parliament, in 1992 after 12 years in the Maharashtra Legislature and served as MP till 1998.

 

• Worked on several important committees of the State and Central Government, including the Parliamentary Standing committee on Finance; Patents committee; the Planning Board; Resources Mobilization Committee; Taxation Reforms committee , High Power committee on Irrigation and on Transport.

 

• Was appointed as a One Member Committee in 1992 to found the Sanskrit University in Maharashtra now known as Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University. He was elected the first Chancellor.

 

• Served as the president of Maharashtra State Marathi Encyclopedia Production Board.

 

• Travelled around the world representing India and leading Indian delegations on several forums including the UNO, the UNESCO etc.

 

• Had one of the biggest personal libraries in India with 52,000 books.

 

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 Teaching Programs

Veda

Vedanta

Veda

The Vedas, the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda form the most ancient body of knowledge of the world. When Veda Vyasa compiled them, there were more than thousand Sakhas, recensions, of all the four Vedas put together. Today, only eleven Sakhas are available. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is committed to preserving the existing Sakhas of the Veda.

 

Preservation would be in the form of preserving the oral tradition by teaching the students from a very young age and making them master at least one Sakha of the Veda along with all the allied fields of knowledge connected to Veda and Vedic rituals. Thus, with this objective, we started the teaching program of two Sakhas in 2001 with the inauguration of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. The two Sakhas were the Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda and the Kanva Sakha of Shukla Yajur Veda.

 

Of these two, due to anavoidable circumstances, the Kanva Sakha of the Sukla Yajur Veda had to be discontinued after three years. The Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda ran its successful course and the students graduated in 2010.

We are still committed to doing this work of preserving the Veda and the Vedic tradition.

Vedanta

Our teaching programs in Vedanta, Sanskrit & other allied subjects are meant for adults who have a quest for self enquiry. To them, we impart the knowledge of Brahma Vidya in a three year residential course through the study of Prasthanatraya. Prasthanatraya consists of the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma Sutras. We teach the Prasthanatraya with the bhashya of Sri Adishankaracharya. In this residential teaching program, we also teach the Sanskrit language along with the Paninian system of grammar, elements of the Indian system of logic and other allied subjects.

 

The teaching program also includes training in Vedic chanting, performing pujas.

 

Faculty

Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini

Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaleenananda

Saraswati

Swami Chitsvarupananda

Saraswati

Swami Shivaprakashananda

Saraswati

Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati (Chief Acharya)

Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati was born in Tamil Nadu at Rasipuram, Dist. Salem, on January 5, 1951. She moved to Mumbai at the age of six and continued her education in Mumbai. In her teens, she came into contact with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and became his disciple since then.

 

She entered the medical profession by gaining the degree of MBBS from the Mumbai University from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. From then on, she continued to study further and gained the Post-Graduate degree of M.D. in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1979.

 

All along, she was a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati attending all the public talks and long term course classes at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Chinmaya Mission, Powai as an external student whenever possible. And at his behest, after post-graduation, practiced in a village Dahanu, an Adivasi area in Thane district, 120 km from Mumbai, as a Gynaecologist from 1979. In Dahanu, she worked at the Brethren Mission Hospital, initially as a Gynaecologist and later on as the Medical Superintendent. Later, from 1984 till 1990, she ran a twenty bedded multispecialty private nursing home up to 1990. All along, she kept up the study of Vedanta from Pujya Swamiji through the audio recordings.

 

At the behest of Pujya Swamiji, with his blessings, she could find a teacher in Dahanu who could teach her the Paninian System of Grammar and other texts in Sanskrit. She pursued the study of Paniniya Vykarana and other texts for nearly twelve years from Shri. Bhandari, who was a scholar in Sanskrit.

 

When Pujya Swamiji started the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam and a three-and-half year course in October 1990 in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, she joined as a student of that course. She had the privilege of teaching Sanskrit in her own course. After graduating from that course in 1994, she continued to teach Vedanta and Sanskrit and administer the next course at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti under the guidance of Pujya Swamiji and Acharya, Swami Siddhabodhananda. She also taught Vedanta and Sanskrit as an outreach program at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore for seven years. She taught the Bhagavadgita, few Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and Sanskrit along with the Paninian System of Grammar.

 

She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

During the years at Anaikatti, she edited and helped in the publication of the Second English Edition of Bhagwadgita Home Study Course of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the editing and publication of other works of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the administration and running of the Gurukulam at Anaikatti from its inception in 1990 till she moved to Nagpur in 2001.

 

When Pujya Swamiji wanted to start a Gurukulam at Vedapuri, Nagpur at the request of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, Pujya Swamiji sent her as the Chief Acharya to start and run Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam in 2001. Since then, she is Chief Acharya of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. She also conducts outreach program of Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Nagpur.

 

She was awarded the title of Mahamahopadhyaya in Sanskrit by Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu on August 04, 1942. She did her schooling in Chennai and her medical studies, MBBS in 1963 and an MD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1972 at Madras Medical College. Further she went to UK and did her MRCOG and worked and taught there as a Gynaecologist for nearly two years. Later she worked and taught in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for nearly five years in Nigeria. Later she was Head of Department in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for five years till October 1990.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda met Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 1967, when she was doing her post-graduation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. While working in various medical colleges she also attended the Public talks of Pujya Swamiji and the classes of Swami Paramarthanandaji whenever possible. In December 1990, she joined the first three-and-half year residential course in Vedanta and Sanskrit at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. After completion of the course, for a short period she taught in Rishikesh and also helped in the Gurukulam.

 

In October 1995, she moved to Salem, established the Arsha Vidya Prakasika Centre and has been teaching there since then till today. She has translated the Bhagwadgita Home Study and other books of Pujya Sri Swamiji into Tamil. She has also helped in editing various other books like the Vishnu Sahasranama and the Bhagwadgita Home Study in book form. She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

From November 2005, she has been teaching in Coimbatore also. Between 2005 and 2010, she has

conducted some camps and also assisted Pujya Swamiji in some camps at the Gurukulam and moved to Coimbatore in 2009. Under the outreach program of the Gurukulam, Swamini does the weekend classes at the Gurukulam and also teaches in the City and in a Senior citizen home. She teaches both in English and Tamil. In these 20 years she has taught a few rounds of the entire Bhagavadgita and also some Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and also Sanskrit. She continues to do classes in Salem and also goes now and then to talk to the students at Manjakudi, the birth place of Pujya Swamiji.

 

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati was born in South Canara on June 26, 1962 in a wealthy agricultural family. He did his graduation in commerce line but had deep spiritual yearnings and became a seeker and left home in 1990 and joined Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana (SVYAS) at Bengaluru. He qualified in Yoga and Yoga Therapy and taught Yoga and Yoga Therapy in SVYAS till 1995.

 

Then his quest took him to Rishikesh and there he studied Vedanta And Sanskrit in Swami Dayananda Ashram and in 2001, when Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam started functioning in Nagpur city, he joined as a student for Vedanta and Sanskrit. He studied a long-term course for nearly three years at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

 

When Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam was inaugurated at Vedapuri, Nagpur, he was a faculty member and an advanced student in the first long-term course at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, which started in 2004. He taught Vedic Chanting, Sanskrit and performance of the Pujas till 2008. When Sri Dakshinamurti Krishna temple was built at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Vedapuri, he contributed immensely in the process of construction and later training the priests in the methods of Puja and caring for the temple.

 

In 2008, he moved to Mysore, Karnataka and till date he is teaching Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting to young and old in person and through Skype. His students on Skype are from various countries.

 

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati was born on 29 April 1981. The Swami showed spiritual inclination since early childhood. He graduated as a mechanical engineer in the year 2002. Instead of choosing a secular career as an engineer, he left home at the age of 22 in search of the ultimate truth. After spending a few years in sadhana and scriptural studies in various ashrams across India, he joined the 3 years course in Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur and studied the perennial wisdom of Vedanta from Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati. After completion of the course, the Swami spent some time studying various scriptures in Rishikesh.

The swami received initiation into Sannyasa from Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati on the Mahashivaratri day of 2013. He has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Bengaluru since July 2013.

 

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About the Gurukulam

Vedas, the most ancient and comprehensive body of knowledge, have their origin in the primordial creator and have been received by humanity through our sages, Rishis. As the Rishis are the primary human links in the knowledge chain, the knowledge is Arsha meaning ‘From the Rishis’. Incredibly, this unique body of knowledge, vijnana, has been preserved in letter and spirit to this day due to the guru-sishya parampara, teacher-student lineage, kept alive at the traditional institutions of learning and culture called Gurukulams. Every student is resident in the Gurukulam for the entire duration of education.

 

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is a unique Gurukulam where traditional teaching goes on simultaneously in both Veda and Vedanta.

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Dr. Shrikant Jichkar founded this Gurukulam as an offering to Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. His association with Pujya Swamiji goes back to his childhood. When the young Shrikant was a student of sixth grade Pujya Swamiji gave a series of talks under the aegis of Chinmaya Mission on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavadgita. The young Shrikant wrote down the notes from the talks in shorthand and later wrote a transcript of the talks. This was later published as a booklet by the Chinmaya Mission. Eventually, Dr. Shrikant Jichkar became the president of the Chinmaya Mission, Nagpur. After losing touch with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati for many years, he met Swamiji in Nagpur when Swamiji came for a series of talks in the year 1999. Soon after that he visited the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. The idea of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur was born then at Anaikatti. He requested Swamiji to have a Gurukulam at Nagpur, the centre of India and Swamiji agreed. That is how Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur was born. Pujya Sri Swamiji appointed Sri Swamini Brahmaprakasananda as a Acharya in-charge of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

Founders

Pujya Swamiji

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is the paramacharya and paramount trustee of the gurukulam. Swamiji, an outstanding traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta and eminent Sanskrit Scholar, has been teaching in India and abroad for the last 40 years. One of Swamiji’s unique contributions to humanity has been designing and teaching three year resident Vedanta and Sanskrit courses. This is the fourth Gurukulam established by Swamiji in addition to the three earlier institutions of learning and culture – one each at Rishikesh in the Himalayas, Anaikatti near Coimbatore in South India and Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in the USA. Swamiji has personally taught six resident courses, four in India and two in the United States. Each course had about sixty graduates fully committed to the preservation of this wonderful tradition. More than 250 of these graduates are engaged in imparting this sacred knowledge all over the world and have set up numerous centers of learning. Swamiji’s disciples are now teaching in the four Gurukulams established by him, in the true spirit of a live teaching tradition. After teaching Vedanta for over four decades Swamiji now fears the erosion of the person living a life of dharma (dharmi), integral for protecting sanatana dharma, due to onslaught from various sources. With this in mind he has initiated a service oriented movement called the All India Movement (AIM) for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), under the aegis of the Acharya Sabha, where the primary goal is to protect the dharmi, through various activities.

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar (1954 - 2004)

Ex. Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha),

 

M.B.B.S.; M.D.; D.B.M.;

M.B.A.; B. Journ;

LL.M. (International Law);

M.A. (Public Administration);

M.A. (Sociology);

M.A. (Economics);

M.A. (Sanskrit);

M.A. (History);

M.A. (English Literature);

M.A. (Philosophy);

M.A. (Political Science);

M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology),

D.Litt. (Sanskrit)

Ex. I.P.S.(1978),I.A.S.(1980)

Aahitagni – Diksita - Somayaji

 

This Gurukulam is the brain child of the visionary, former Minister and Member of Parliament  Late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar. Dr. Jichkar's years of association with Swamiji and significantly a visit to the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti in 1999 gave birth to the conception of this Gurukulam.

 Dr. Shrikant Jichkar was a man of staggering academic, professional and spiritual achievement. Looking at his achievement one may be pardoned for thinking it to be incredulous. Limca Book of Records lists him as the most qualified person in India. It is indeed sad that the world could not benefit from a man of such caliber due to his untimely demise at the age of 50 on June 2, 2004.

 

Some of his spiritual achievements are as under:

• Was associated with Swami Chinmayananda who made him the first President of Chinmaya Yuva  Kendra.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 1969.

 

• Served as the National Coordinator of the AIM for Seva (www.aimforseva.org), a movement for service in remote areas.

 

• Was felicitated by the Sankaracharya of Kanchi with special honours for his work among Adivasis on the occasion of the Kanchi Acharyas Peetharohan Golden Jubilee.

 

• Was associated with Pujya Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, as his devotee.

 

• Was coordinating the work of the Dharma Samstha Pramukh, a council of religious leaders in India.

 

• Was a nitya Agnihotri (one who establishes at the time of marriage the three sacred Vedic fires and maintains it every day of the rest of his life).

 

• Performed the Agnishtom and Vajapeya Somayajnas which have got him the title of ‘Dixit’ and ‘Somayaji’.

 

• Represented the Hindu Dharma at Global Religious Leaders Conference at Seville, Spain in 2003.

Besides this, his professional achievements include:

 

• IPS (Indian Police Service) in 1978

• IAS (Indian Administrative Services) in 1980

• Rose in politics as a student and youth leader.

 

• Was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1980 becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25. Subsequently became a government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.

 

• Was elected to the Rajya Sabha, upper house in the Parliament, in 1992 after 12 years in the Maharashtra Legislature and served as MP till 1998.

 

• Worked on several important committees of the State and Central Government, including the Parliamentary Standing committee on Finance; Patents committee; the Planning Board; Resources Mobilization Committee; Taxation Reforms committee , High Power committee on Irrigation and on Transport.

 

• Was appointed as a One Member Committee in 1992 to found the Sanskrit University in Maharashtra now known as Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University. He was elected the first Chancellor.

 

• Served as the president of Maharashtra State Marathi Encyclopedia Production Board.

 

• Travelled around the world representing India and leading Indian delegations on several forums including the UNO, the UNESCO etc.

 

• Had one of the biggest personal libraries in India with 52,000 books.

 

 Teaching Programs

Veda

Vedanta

Veda

The Vedas, the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda form the most ancient body of knowledge of the world. When Veda Vyasa compiled them, there were more than thousand Sakhas, recensions, of all the four Vedas put together. Today, only eleven Sakhas are available. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is committed to preserving the existing Sakhas of the Veda.

 

Preservation would be in the form of preserving the oral tradition by teaching the students from a very young age and making them master at least one Sakha of the Veda along with all the allied fields of knowledge connected to Veda and Vedic rituals. Thus, with this objective, we started the teaching program of two Sakhas in 2001 with the inauguration of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. The two Sakhas were the Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda and the Kanva Sakha of Shukla Yajur Veda.

 

Of these two, due to anavoidable circumstances, the Kanva Sakha of the Sukla Yajur Veda had to be discontinued after three years. The Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda ran its successful course and the students graduated in 2010.

We are still committed to doing this work of preserving the Veda and the Vedic tradition.

Vedanta

Our teaching programs in Vedanta, Sanskrit & other allied subjects are meant for adults who have a quest for self enquiry. To them, we impart the knowledge of Brahma Vidya in a three year residential course through the study of Prasthanatraya. Prasthanatraya consists of the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma Sutras. We teach the Prasthanatraya with the bhashya of Sri Adishankaracharya. In this residential teaching program, we also teach the Sanskrit language along with the Paninian system of grammar, elements of the Indian system of logic and other allied subjects.

 

The teaching program also includes training in Vedic chanting, performing pujas.

 

Upcoming Programs

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Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam announces a three month course in Vedanta & Sanskrit starting from February 1, 2017. It is a residential course. It is a preliminary to the fourth long term three year course in Vedanta & Sanskrit at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

 

The medium of instruction of the course is English. The course will involve a minimum of four hours of instruction per day. It is likely to be an hectic course.

 

We invite applications from men and women who already have a background of studying Vedanta and Sanskrit, preferably from any teacher of Arsha Vidya Parampara. We invite applications from men and women of age between 35 and 65 years.

 

The applicant :

1. Should be at least a graduate from any of the universities,

2. Should be fluent in English,

3. should have worked in a job for at least five years in any capacity.

 

As per the tradition the teaching is free. There are no tuition fees. In the ancient times, the rulers supported the Gurukulam where such knowledge was imparted. In modern times, there are no such support systems and therefore the students are expected to contribute towards knowledge and boarding.

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Faculty

Mahamahopadhyaya

Swamini

Brahmaprakasananda

Saraswati

Swamini

Brahmaleenananda

Saraswati

Swami

Chitsvarupananda

Saraswati

Swami

Shivaprakashananda

Saraswati

Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati (Chief Acharya)

Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati was born in Tamil Nadu at Rasipuram, Dist. Salem, on January 5, 1951. She moved to Mumbai at the age of six and continued her education in Mumbai. In her teens, she came into contact with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and became his disciple since then.

 

She entered the medical profession by gaining the degree of MBBS from the Mumbai University from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. From then on, she continued to study further and gained the Post-Graduate degree of M.D. in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1979.

 

All along, she was a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati attending all the public talks and long term course classes at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Chinmaya Mission, Powai as an external student whenever possible. And at his behest, after post-graduation, practiced in a village Dahanu, an Adivasi area in Thane district, 120 km from Mumbai, as a Gynaecologist from 1979. In Dahanu, she worked at the Brethren Mission Hospital, initially as a Gynaecologist and later on as the Medical Superintendent. Later, from 1984 till 1990, she ran a twenty bedded multispecialty private nursing home up to 1990. All along, she kept up the study of Vedanta from Pujya Swamiji through the audio recordings.

 

At the behest of Pujya Swamiji, with his blessings, she could find a teacher in Dahanu who could teach her the Paninian System of Grammar and other texts in Sanskrit. She pursued the study of Paniniya Vykarana and other texts for nearly twelve years from Shri. Bhandari, who was a scholar in Sanskrit.

 

When Pujya Swamiji started the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam and a three-and-half year course in October 1990 in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, she joined as a student of that course. She had the privilege of teaching Sanskrit in her own course. After graduating from that course in 1994, she continued to teach Vedanta and Sanskrit and administer the next course at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti under the guidance of Pujya Swamiji and Acharya, Swami Siddhabodhananda. She also taught Vedanta and Sanskrit as an outreach program at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore for seven years. She taught the Bhagavadgita, few Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and Sanskrit along with the Paninian System of Grammar.

 

She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

During the years at Anaikatti, she edited and helped in the publication of the Second English Edition of Bhagwadgita Home Study Course of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the editing and publication of other works of Pujya Sri Swamiji. She also helped in the administration and running of the Gurukulam at Anaikatti from its inception in 1990 till she moved to Nagpur in 2001.

 

When Pujya Swamiji wanted to start a Gurukulam at Vedapuri, Nagpur at the request of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, Pujya Swamiji sent her as the Chief Acharya to start and run Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam in 2001. Since then, she is Chief Acharya of Dr. Shrikant Jichkar Memorial Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam. She also conducts outreach program of Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Nagpur.

 

She was awarded the title of Mahamahopadhyaya in Sanskrit by Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaleenananda Saraswati was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu on August 04, 1942. She did her schooling in Chennai and her medical studies, MBBS in 1963 and an MD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1972 at Madras Medical College. Further she went to UK and did her MRCOG and worked and taught there as a Gynaecologist for nearly two years. Later she worked and taught in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for nearly five years in Nigeria. Later she was Head of Department in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for five years till October 1990.

 

Swamini Brahmaleenananda met Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 1967, when she was doing her post-graduation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. While working in various medical colleges she also attended the Public talks of Pujya Swamiji and the classes of Swami Paramarthanandaji whenever possible. In December 1990, she joined the first three-and-half year residential course in Vedanta and Sanskrit at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. After completion of the course, for a short period she taught in Rishikesh and also helped in the Gurukulam.

 

In October 1995, she moved to Salem, established the Arsha Vidya Prakasika Centre and has been teaching there since then till today. She has translated the Bhagwadgita Home Study and other books of Pujya Sri Swamiji into Tamil. She has also helped in editing various other books like the Vishnu Sahasranama and the Bhagwadgita Home Study in book form. She was initiated into Sannyasa in 1999 by Pujya Sri Swamiji at Rishikesh.

 

From November 2005, she has been teaching in Coimbatore also. Between 2005 and 2010, she has

conducted some camps and also assisted Pujya Swamiji in some camps at the Gurukulam and moved to Coimbatore in 2009. Under the outreach program of the Gurukulam, Swamini does the weekend classes at the Gurukulam and also teaches in the City and in a Senior citizen home. She teaches both in English and Tamil. In these 20 years she has taught a few rounds of the entire Bhagavadgita and also some Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas and also Sanskrit. She continues to do classes in Salem and also goes now and then to talk to the students at Manjakudi, the birth place of Pujya Swamiji.

 

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati

Swami Chitsvarupananda Saraswati was born in South Canara on June 26, 1962 in a wealthy agricultural family. He did his graduation in commerce line but had deep spiritual yearnings and became a seeker and left home in 1990 and joined Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana (SVYAS) at Bengaluru. He qualified in Yoga and Yoga Therapy and taught Yoga and Yoga Therapy in SVYAS till 1995.

 

Then his quest took him to Rishikesh and there he studied Vedanta And Sanskrit in Swami Dayananda Ashram and in 2001, when Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam started functioning in Nagpur city, he joined as a student for Vedanta and Sanskrit. He studied a long-term course for nearly three years at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.

 

When Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam was inaugurated at Vedapuri, Nagpur, he was a faculty member and an advanced student in the first long-term course at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, which started in 2004. He taught Vedic Chanting, Sanskrit and performance of the Pujas till 2008. When Sri Dakshinamurti Krishna temple was built at Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Vedapuri, he contributed immensely in the process of construction and later training the priests in the methods of Puja and caring for the temple.

 

In 2008, he moved to Mysore, Karnataka and till date he is teaching Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting to young and old in person and through Skype. His students on Skype are from various countries.

 

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati

Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati was born on 29 April 1981. The Swami showed spiritual inclination since early childhood. He graduated as a mechanical engineer in the year 2002. Instead of choosing a secular career as an engineer, he left home at the age of 22 in search of the ultimate truth. After spending a few years in sadhana and scriptural studies in various ashrams across India, he joined the 3 years course in Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur and studied the perennial wisdom of Vedanta from Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati. After completion of the course, the Swami spent some time studying various scriptures in Rishikesh.

The swami received initiation into Sannyasa from Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati on the Mahashivaratri day of 2013. He has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit in the city of Bengaluru since July 2013.

 

Board of Trustees

Paramount Trustee and Paramacharya - Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati

 

Chief Acharya & Trustee - Swamini Brahmaprakasananda

 

President - Smt. Rajashri S. Jichkar

 

Vice-President - Sri. Avinash N. Pande

                         Sri. Ramesh B. Girde

 

Secretary & Treasurer - Sri. Pramod L. Jaiswal

 

Trustees - Sri. Madhav C. Kinkhede

      Sri. Raju W. Korde

                     Sri. Ramesh (Nana) P. Gawande

                  Sri. Yajnavalkya S. Jichkar

Location

Ensconced in the heart of a pristine forest, surrounded by hills on all sides, embraced by two rivulets (called Sruti and smrti) and embellished by a lake (Moksha-sarovar) nearby - The Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam - on about a fifty acres of land & at a distance of about 45 kms from Nagpur.

Temple

There is a Lord Dakshinamurti-Sri Krishna temple in our Gurukulam premises.The temple has shrines for - Lord Ganesha (Siddhi Vinayaka), Lord Shiva (Vedavedantesvara), Lord Dakshinamurti as the main deity, and Lord Krishna as Gitacharya.

This temple has been constructed strictly as per the guidelines of our ancient scriptures, the Agama Sastras.

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