Arsha Vidya Vahini announces the commencement of 54-day Sri Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam by Pujya Acharya Sri Prem Siddharth ji on the holy occasion of Vasantha Panchami(Sri Saraswati Puja), From 6:15pm to 8:30pm.
The magnum opus Sri Mahabharata of Sage Vyasa of 1,00,000 verses is an exhaustive study and presentation of the Dharma Shastra, its intricacies, the pathos & ethos of human psyche and how destiny is intricately linked to all of the above. Pujya Acharya has proved this in His 45 discourses on Adi & Sabha parvams in the last year Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam. In this year's Jnana Yagna, Pujya Acharya will unfold the most discreet and crucial teachings of this epic in its unceasing relevance to our lives that is the need of the hour. He will teach the remaining parvams beginning from the Vana Parvam.
VYAKHYA – the center for Vedanta Studies was essentially set up to enable the study of advanced Vedantic Scriptures in greater depth. These classes by Pujya Acharya on Upanishads, Prakaranams etc., follow a gradational and systematic course of study in accordance with the Advaita Vedanta Bhashyams. The classes form the crux of the vision of Arsha Vidya Vahini.
The Dasopanishads (10 Principal Upanishads) are being taught under the course titled “Upanishad Avalokanam”. In the past few years, a study of Isavasya, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya and Aitareya Upanishads has been undertaken. The ongoing classes are dedicated for an exhaustive study of the Taittiriya Upanishad.
On every Ekadasi, a puja is offered to Bhagavan Sri Ramachandra at our VYAKHYA center. This puja includes Veda Parayanam, Sri Garuda stuti, Sri Ramachandra Panchopachara Puja, Sri Ramanama Sankeertanam, Sri Hanuman Chalisa Parayanam followed by a discourse by Pujya Acharya Swamiji on Srimad Ramayanam.
In these discourses, Pujya Swamiji eulogizes Sri Ramachandra through a comparative study of various Ramayanas such as – Valmiki Ramayana, Adhyaatma Ramayana and Sri Ramacharitamanas
Saffron-Mixed Cow Milk, Dates, Sweet Preparations, and Fresh Seasonal Fruits are offered to Sri Ramachandra and are distributed as Prasadam to the devotees.
All are welcome to attend this programme having given us prior notice.
One of the main aims of Arsha Vidya Vahini is to bring the splendor of our ancient scriptural texts to light. It is these sacred texts that are the real foundations of Hindu religion and cultural heritage. A knowledge of these texts will help us lead a better life.
AVV annually organizes Jnana Yagnams to propagate the message of our scriptures like Vedanta, Prakaranams, Srimadbhagavatam, Bhagavadgita etc., celebrating the occasions of Sri Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti, Sri Krishnashtami, Geeta Jayanti and so on.
It has been tradition to organize Pujya Swamiji’s discourses on texts authored by Sri Adi Sankaracharya during Sankara Jayanti, an important episode of Srimadbhagavata in commemoration of Sri Krishnashtami and on excerpts from Bhagavadgita during the Geeta Jayanti.
In addition to these programs, AVV has also organized Srimad Bhagavad Gita Jnana Yagna (for 54-days in 2007), Astavaktragita Jnana Yagna (for 38 days in 2010), Srimadbhagavata Jnana Yagna (for 64 days in 2011) and Mahabharata Jnana Yagna (for 45 days in 2016).
It is indeed a blessed and once in a life time opportunity for devotees to participate and support these Jnana Yagnams.
During Navaratri of every year, AVV conducts Devi Puja for 9 days accompanied by the study of one Veda Suktam at our VYAKHYA center. This programme consists of Veda Parayanam, Sri Ganapathi Puja, Sri Devi Panchopachara Puja, Ashtottarashata Nama Puja, SriChakra Kumkuma Archanam, Nama Sankeertanam etc., followed by the discourse of Pujya Acharya Swamiji on Veda Suktam. Anna Prasadam is offered to the devotees every day.
The Suktams from Veda Purva are poetic in nature and present to us the unparalleled features of Vedic Religion (Sanatana Dharma). The fundamental attitudes towards Life & Living that one needs to imbibe are carefully presented in them. This reason has prompted Pujya Swamiji Maharaj to commence a tradition of studying a Suktam every Navaratri. The study of Sri Durga Suktam (Yajurveda), Sri Suktam and Sri Devi Suktam (RgVeda) has been completed.
All are welcome to attend this programme having given us prior notice.
His Divine Grace Pujya Acharya Sri Prem Siddharth Ji Maharaj
“When I work I discover a possibility, when I teach I assist a discovery!”
“Acharyavaan Purusho Veda” - Chandogya Upanishad (6.14-2) One who has the guidance of a Spiritual Preceptor, knows the Truth.
Our Acharya, Pujya Sri Prem Siddharth ji is a committed teacher of Vedanta Shastra. Pujya Acharya’s erudition and passion for Vedanta are constantly revealed in His expositions on the most complex Vedanta Granthas. Pujya Acharya primarily teaches Prasthanatraya (Upanishads, Bhagavadgita & Brahmasutras), Veda Suktams, Vedanta Prakarana texts, Ramayanam, Mahabharatam and Bhagavatham.
His commentaries on Prasthanatraya are laden with an astute analysis of every word in accordance with the Advaita Vedanta Bhashyams. In the discourses on Bhagavadgita, He seamlessly interweaves Vedantic teachings to our lives. He reveals the Bhakti Rasa and Jnana Rahasya in the talks on Bhagavata. The glory of Lord Sri Ramachandra is celebrated in the Ramayana discourses. His discourses on the Mahabharata unravel the deepest and most intricate mechanics of Dharma Shastra.
Pujya Acharya has introduced many rarely studied scriptures through His discourses – texts like Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam, Vedantasarah, Jeevayatra, Nimi Navayogeswara Samvadam.
Pujya Acharya also teaches subjects like Enhancing Human Relations, Improving Workplace Culture, Inner Communication etc., at various academic and administrative institutions thus giving a glimpse of the relevance of our Shastra to the present day.
Pujya Gurudev has conducted the 54-day Bhagavadgita Jnana Yagna in 2007, 38-day Astavakragita Jnana Yagna in 2010, the 64-day Srimadbhagavata Jnana Yagna in 2011, and 45-day Mahabharata Jnana Yagna in 2016.
More than 1000 hours of His discourses are preserved in the digital format. Many of His expositions have also been telecast on mass media.
With an interest in understanding the unity and diversity of various cultures, Pujya Gurudev accepted invitations to tour several countries that include China, Hongkong, Singapore, USA, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, Thailand, UAE, Qatar, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal and Bhutan.
He has been the guiding force for many organizations and individuals to undertake various welfare activities.
Shastra has proclaimed that the Acharya is the embodiment of Ishwara and it is by the fructification of the Punya gained in a thousand births that the proximity of such an Acharya can be sought.
We humbly prostrate to the Lotus Feet of our Pujya Gurudev who represents this Acharya Parampara.
vyAkhyAprasAra siddhArtham, vedAntArtha prabOdhakam |
ASrayAmi mahAchAryam Sishya santApahAriNam ||
Arsha Vidya Vahini (AVV) is founded with the blessings and guidance of His Divine Grace Pujya Acharya Sri Prem Siddharth ji. The organization is dedicated to the promotion and propagation of Vedanta Shastra. AVV endeavours to provide egalitarian opportunity to the aspirants for understanding the ageless wisdom of Vedantic Scriptures and the practical means that bestows the appropriate qualification for such study.
The name Arsha Vidya Vahini symbolizes the sacred Shastra Parampara. Arsha - that which belongs to the Rishis "risheh idam arsham", Vidya - the wisdom that liberates one from the bondage of Ignorance and Vahini - the river. Thus, Arsha Vidya Vahini means the perennial river of the sacred wisdom that flows from the Seers to the Seekers in the form of Guru-Sishya Parampara.
The emblem abundant with symbolism depicts this import. The palm leaf manuscript is Pramana Shastra called VEDA. The inscribed Upanishadic proclamation, “Vidyayaamrutamashnute” boldly declares that only by Wisdom one attains Immortality. The Chinmudra (the hand in the teaching gesture) and the flowers signify the Jnana and Karma- the primary and secondary means for Moksha. They also are symbolic of Guru-Sishya tradition. The Chinmudra reminds us of the Adiguru Sri Dakshinamurthy while the flowers stand for the blossoming of the Jignasa, the desire for Self-knowledge. All these are seen against a background of OM, which is Sacchidanandam Advayam Brahma.
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