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Sri Swamini Saralananda

Swamini Saralananda is one of Swami Dayananda’s senior-most disciples; she was born and raised in Hawaii where she completed a Bachelors degree in Dance but found her way to a better interest in Yoga. From 1972-75 she studied in India under the traditional scholar and teacher, Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, at which point her study was well beyond hatha yoga, it was a rigorous three year course in Vedanta and Sanskrit. Swami Dayananda is the founder of Arsha Vidya Pitham and Gurukulam an Insitution for Vedanta and Sanskrit, Vedanta being the ancient wisdom tradition of India for teaching Inquiry into the Self as taught in the Upanisads and Bhagavad Gita.

After her course of study in India, Swamini returned to Hawaii and continued graduate studies in Sanskrit and taught classes in Vedanta. When Swami Dayananda came to California in 1979-82 to teach the same three year course for Western students, she was on the teaching staff there. Since then she has traveled back and forth to India for continuing studies, spending a sum total of eleven years in India. She has traveled all over US and in Canada and Europe, giving public lectures on Vedanta. She has also served for a sum total of eight years as one of the residential teaching staff at the Pennsylvania Gurukulam.

Swamini also holds a Masters degree in Counseling and prior to receiving Sannyasa ( the formal order of renunciation ) she had a private Counseling practice in Portland, Oregon. After four years of travelling, Swamini is now settled in Maui, Hawaii. She can be reached at her ‘Arsha Kutir’ by phone : (808) 572 6976 or by e-mail : She is a very well seasoned teacher and counselor and welcomes students for Vedanta, Sanskrit, Hatha yoga, amongst other things. She is happy to meet with anyone for an informal interview.



Sri Swami Tadatmananda

Arsha Bodha - Center for Spiritual Teachings of Ancient India


Sri Swamini Mayatitananda

Please visit Swamini's website at Wise Earth Monastery

Sri Dhira Chaitanya

Sri Dhira Chaitanya has been a student of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since his childhood and attended the Vedanta courses conducted by Pujya Swamiji in Mumbai, (76-78) and Saylorsburg (87-88). He is the co-author of the 10-year Vedic Heritage Teaching Program for children which is currently being used in schools in India and in communities all over the world, and is translated into Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati. Having a professional background as a Child Psychiatrist-Physician, he is uniquely able to explore the intersections and points of departure of Psychology and Vedanta and is able to understand and respond to cross cultural issues of adults and children alike. He teaches Vedanta and Sanskrit in the Tri-state area. He can be contacted at

Radha (Carol Whitfield, Ph.D.)

During the 1970s, Radha studied Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit with Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Since her return from India, she has taught Vedanta extensively on both coasts and was one of the founders and the administrative manager of Sandeepany West, Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, located in Piercy, California, and later, of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute for the Study of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit, in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit in California. She is a faculty member of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she teaches Advaitia Vedanta and Spiritual Counseling. She is a Jungian-oriented clinical psychologist in priviate practice in Berkeley, California. One of her interests is the synthesis of Western psychology and Eastern spirituality. ( Website and online classes: )


Janani Cleary

Janani Cleary studied Sanskrt and Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, in Mumbai, with Swami Dayananda from 1975 to 1978. Since her return to the US she has been teaching Vedanta classes wherever the opportunities arise. She currently resides in South Florida.

The following is a list of Janani's classes in the Palm Beach area.

1. Bhagavad Gita class
Sundays at 6:00 pm
Theosophical Society
Palm Plaza, U.S. 1 & SE 10th St.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
2. Upanishad class or Prakarana Granta
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Theosophical Society
Palm Plaza, U.S. 1 & SE 10th St.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
3. General Vedanta, Chanting
& Meditation class
Fridays at 7:00 pm 
3112 Canal Drive,
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

These classes have been ongoing but in the event someone would like to attend, please confirm that the class is taking place on the evening that you plan to participate. You may do so by calling Janani at
(561) 523 3696 or (561) 737 4124. Janani may also be contated for Classes or sessions on demand in Meditation, Sanskrt and Cultural studies.


Vijay Kapoor

Sri Vijay Kapoor took Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati as his guru at a family camp the very first year Swamiji came to the US. Later, Sri Kapoor was one of the pioneers to establish the 2 ½ year course taught by Pujya Swamiji in Piercy, California, started in 1979. To attend this course, he left his job as a Marketing Manager for the Hewlett-Packard Company and moved his entire family to live in Piercy. Pujya Swamiji asked Sri Kapoor to be the Secretary for the Arsha Vidya Pitham at its inception, and he is still serving in that capacity today.

After his graduation from the Piercy course in 1982, Sri Kapoor resumed his work at HP, and also started teaching Vedanta in the San Francisco Bay Area. He took early retirement in the year 2000 to devote his time to the study and teaching of Vedanta and Sanskrit. Sri Kapoor established the Arsha Vidya Center (AVC), whose goal is to promote Pujya Swamiji’s teachings in the local area. Toward that goal, both Swami Viditatmananda and Swami Tattvavidananda have been visiting the Bay Area regularly for talks, classes and retreats. Sri Kapoor currently teaches two Vedanta classes per week to about 50 students, two Sanskrit classes per week and has established 4 Gita Home Study groups in the area.


He can be reached at

Swami Brahmanishthananda

Swami Brahmanishthananda Saraswati is based in Guntur,AndhraPiradesh,India,But He has moved to Edmonton,Alberta, Canada.His present Ashram details are as follows-Brahma Vidya Gurukulam-Seminary of Vedantic Studies, 1228-62 street, Edmonton, T6L2H9, Alberta,Canada.

Phone: (780) 450 2756
Fax: (780) 450 1263

“Swami Swami Advayatmananda Saraswati
Swami Advayatmananda has studied with his guru Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 1981 in both the US and India. He attended the intensive 3-year residential course of study in Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, meditation, chanting and yoga taught by Pujya Swamiji starting in 1987 at the gurukulam in Saylorsburg, PA, and was given the name Daksha.

In his pūrvāśrama Swami Advayatmananda earned a degree in Religious Studies and Sanskrit, and spent a number of years managing a program for and working with disabled children. He later earned an advanced degree in Computer Information Systems and worked as a software development manager at a large Silicon Valley high-tech firm for many years.

Swamiji was given Saṃnyāsa-dīkṣā by Pujya Swamiji in March of 2015 in Rishikesh. At the encouragement of Pujya Swamiji he established Arsha Drishti, an organization dedicated to traditional teaching of Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, meditation and chanting in his home town of San Diego, California where he now resides and teaches.

For class schedules, downloadable class recordings, and additional information please visit . Most classes are available to attend online as well as in person at his San Diego ashram. Swamiji can be reached at


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