The spiritual philosophy of Adwaita Vedanta (non- duality) as expounded in the lofty Upanishads is the spiritual path of my lineage, with the divine sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga informing our awakened lifestyle. We possess direct allegiance to by Rishi Vashishtha and his descendants, Maharishi Shakti, Rishi Parashara, and Vyasacharya. Then, Adi Shankracharya from the 8th century and his students, Acharya Padampada, Trotacharya and others are the master teachers of Adwaita Vedanta in our lineage. We study texts composed by them and embody the wisdom they communicate.
In more contemporary times, my great-grandfather Parmatman Shanti Prakash, a renowned Vedanta Guru of his time, social reformer and creator of the Adi Bhagwad Gita led our lineage in 18-19th century India. His son, who is my immediate grandfather and importantly, my personal Guru, was a bright light in his community and the spiritual preceptor of our great lineage in the 19-20th century. He was renowned for his life of altruism, compassion and god consciousness. The living lessons he imparted to me in spirituality, community medicinehealing, social responsibility and dharma is what I seed into my gurukulam students today in the 20-21st century.
Without an iota of doubt, I can say that at every single educational program and social service initiative at Vedika has been organically inspired from the my lineage’s spiritual heritage and body of humanitarian work of my lineage. I was fortunate to become the inheritor and documenter of my illustrious ancestors. Today, I feel spiritually compelled and ready to bring the inspiration, passion and dedication to my lineage’s teachings into everything I do - my teaching, writing, healing and vision for transformative education.
It is my conviction and hope that my Gurukulam students will take forward the heritage of my ancient lineage and keep alive the wisdom transmission of my ancestors alive through their students. This is how lineages live on, through the dialogue between teacher, called Acharya and student, called Sadasya or Shishya.
"For thousands of years, my family has shown humanity
a joy-filled path to abiding health of body, mind, and soul. And today, I share my knowledge, most humbly, with you."
- Acharya Shunya