We belong to the unbroken teaching tradition of Advaita Vedanta tracing back to the Lord himself
and preserved through eternity by an illustrious line of teachers including Bhagawan Vyasa and
Adi Sankaracharya. As it is brought out in the following verses -

नारायणं पद्मभुवं वसिष्ठं शक्तिं च तत्पुत्रपराशरं च
व्यासं शुकं गौडपदं महान्तं गोविन्दयोगीन्द्रम् अथास्य शिष्यम् ।
श्री शङ्कराचार्यम् अथास्य पद्मपादं च हस्तामलकं च शिष्यम्
तम् तोटकम् वार्त्तिककारमन्यान् अस्मद् गुरून् सन्ततमानतोस्मि ॥

nārāyaṇaṁ padmabhuvaṁ vasiṣṭhaṁ śaktiṁ ca tatputraparāśaraṁ ca
vyāsaṁ śukaṁ gauḍapadaṁ mahāntaṁ govindayogīndram athāsya śiṣyam ।
śrī śaṅkarācāryam athāsya padmapādaṁ ca hastāmalakaṁ ca śiṣyam।
tam toṭakam vārttikakāramanyān asmad gurūn santatamānatosmi ॥

सदाशिवसमारम्भाम् शङ्कराचार्यमध्यमाम्।
अस्मद् आचार्यपर्यन्ताम् वन्दे गुरुपरम्पराम्॥

sadāśivasamārambhām śaṅkarācārya-madhyamām।
asmad ācāryaparyantām vande guruparamparām। ॥

These 2 verses salute the prominent teachers of advaita, starting from the Lord through śaṅkara and
his disciples, upto the teachers of today. In the true sense of advaita, the first guru is called nārāyaṇa
(vishNu) in the first verse and śiva in the second, implying that essentially they are not different from
each other.

History

Olden days

People were introduced to Self knowledge either during the course of the Study of Vedas, in one's childhood or through listening to the stories of Mahabharata, Ramayana or the Puranas. In adult life even though the majority may not have been pursuing Self Knowledge actively the various religious activities, culture and lifestyle in general, was designed to drive one towards a search for the truth at some point. For example, the third stage in a person's life, which is vanaprastha or living in a forest, was meant to devote most of the time at one's life, along with the spouse, towards this quest and finally commit oneself fully in the fourth stage or sannyasa, the stage of renunciation. And if the person wants to study the Upanishads then go to the Himalayas or Kasi, where the environment was ideal for gaining spiritual knowledge.

Now

In contemporary society, even in India, due to the change in the education system to a predominantly English based western model there is hardly any exposure to spirituality, traditional values and Self enquiry. If at all there is, it is an outcome of the inherent cultural strength of the society and in spite of the education system. In one's adult life too most of the time is spent in running after various material pursuits and travel. Even if there is some teaching going on in the city you live in, the distance makes it very difficult to attend the classes. But the possibilities thrown up by technology has made access to this knowledge easier. That is why we are using Video conferencing to conduct these classes and bring them directly to your location, either your home or whereever you are travelling. So that spirituality can become a part of your routine. Only requirement is that you should make the commitment to make yourself available at a specific time..

Our methodology

At some point in the journey of life some of us get tired of this mundane existence, this endless running around and the rat race. We start seeking spiritual solutions and begin looking towards Hatha Yoga, meditation techniques, visiting temples, trying to understand God, going to different spiritual organisations etc for help. Even though all that may contribute to one gaining the emotional maturity required to gain this knowledge, the fundamental problem of a human being that is one of inadequacy, remains. Inadequacy is not being completely satisfied with whatever I have or accomplish. We seek to overcome this by endlessly seeking various external accomplishments like money, status, power, career, marriage, children etc. But none of it can really be of much help, to solve the problem of inadequacy, because they are just symptoms and not the cause of the problem. This basic problem can be solved only by a clear understanding of "Who am I", or in other words my true nature. This Self knowledge is obtained through a systematic study of the eternally relevant Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads and other related texts. These texts give answers to various fundamental questions like What is the meaning of all this?, Where did I come from (into this world)? What is the purpose of this birth? Why do I have to go through various experiences? etc and many more. But because of the nature of the subject matter, these texts can't be studied independently. They need to be studied systematically under a competent teacher for a length of time. We study these texts along with a study of Sanskrit. The process is slow and time consuming and hence is a life-long pursuit. All classes are in English.

Study material generally followed -

  • Bhagavad Gita

  • Upanishads (in a specific order)

  • Explanatory texts like tattva-bodha, atma-bodha, viveka-cudamani, Upadesha Saram etc.

  • Yoga Sutra (as and when necessary)

  • Sanskrit

  • Brahma sutra

The Teaching

I am the whole. I am, in essence, what I am seeking to become. Even the highest accomplishment in this world cannot give me permanent happiness because even that will be limited in time and will pass.

There is nothing more worthwhile than devoting oneself to the pursuit of knowledge of oneself. All material pursuits are temporary and at best give momentary happiness. Once one understands this whole life becomes meaningful and purposeful. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that one need not give up activity but if the attitude with which action is performed is modified then it goes a long way in helping us grow and gain emotional maturity. This makes us a better human being and helps look at all our experiences as a blessing from the Lord. This attitude is only possible by a proper understanding of the Lord, not as someone sitting somewhere, but as having manifested in the Universe as the Order pervading the creation in numerous ways. And I am non-separate from the order and my body, mind, sense organs etc are only incidental and do not have a permanent reality. This, in a nutshell, is what the Teaching is all about and through the course of the study one gains more and more clarity, with time.