APARNA AMY LEWIS
Aparna Amy Lewis is the Dean of the Vedic Spiritual Studies program and a life member of Acharya Shunya’s Vedic Ecclesiastical Council. As Dean, Aparna articulates how the central tenants of ancient Vedic spirituality will be upheld, nurtured and archived in a classroom setting. She oversees ethical and cultural leadership for the community of member students, and teaches students as an appointed professor of Vedic Ethics, Vinay and Dharma Studies and Spiritual Discipline (9-Step Adwaita Vedanta Sadhana). She oversees scripture-based program development, counsels students on their spiritual life journeys, and mentors volunteers in offering selfless service (seva). As a Vedika Certified Ayurveda Clinical Specialist, Aparna has undergone advanced Ayurveda training with a focus on psycho-spiritual counseling, which informs her ability to counsel and mentor students as Dean.
Aparna writes regularly for Hamsa magazine, the official publication of the Vedic Spiritual Studies Program, is working on a Sadhana Book for Acharya Shunya’s students, co-teaches retreats and spiritual classes, and is involved in setting up a global online archive of Acharya Shunya’s spiritual teachings for posterity.
Aparna’s internal commitment is to the central truth of Adwaita Vedanta – that we are all one. This inspires her to lead a life of service to this truth. Aparna was ordained into Acharya Shunya’s Vedic lineage in 2009, and since then, she has supported her Guru’s message, full time, in various key portfolios, including as Dean since 2014.
Hailing from a corporate background, non-profit administration of a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded public policy research group, and finally advanced holistic studies in massage, everything changed for Aparna when she encountered her Guru Acharya Shunya’s photo on a website. The year was 2008. Since that moment, she has never swerved from her quest of Vedic knowledge, serving her Guru's mission, and her personal goal of Self-realization. She remains deeply committed to her own studies in Vedanta, along with Ayurveda and Yoga, which she promotes as a core volunteer, teacher and Dean at Vedika.
Her heartfelt belief that Acharya Shunya shares an authentic expression of the wisdom of the Vedas motivates her to serve as Dean of the Vedic Spiritual Studies Program, as a way to support Acharya Shunya and the Vedika lineage, and to live according to Vedic ideals.