The word Arshavidyalaya is composed of three words
– Arsha, Vidya and Alaya (आर्ष,विद्या,आलय). Arsha comes from the word Rishi, (ऋषि)meaning Seer, (मन्त्रदृष्टा) — one who has been able to understand the reality of the self through the verses (मन्त्राः) of the vedas. This understanding, this knowledge (विद्या) coming down from the Rishis over thousands of years in the teaching lineage, is called Arshavidya.
Poojya Swami Dayananda Saraswati called this establishment Arshavidyalaya, an Alaya (आलय), a place where this teaching is available today for the seeker.
It was inaugurated in 2015 by Swami Sakshatkritananda, with the blessings of Poojya Swami Dayananda Saraswati for the traditional teaching of advaita Vedanta, puja and prayers, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting and, exposing children to the wealth they have been born into. The Teachers at Arshavidyalaya
A scholar even in his purvashrama (he has over 30 research and other publications in Indian and International journals and magazines), Swamiji has had the best of formal education and has held high positions in the corporate world. Not finding the answers to the fundamental questions of life, he threw up all the trappings of the world to join Poojya Swami Dayananda Saraswati at the Gurukulam to learn advaita Vedanta. He stayed there for three-and-a-half years.
He combines his knowledge of the modern world with his understanding of Vedanta. He currently is a regular invited speaker in various fora and contributes articles of interest to printed and web-based media.
Swamiji teaches Vedanta from different angles, particularly for people engaged in stressful life-styles.
Gitama, as she is known to her students, brings her extensive experience in corporate training for all levels — from Directors on the Board to shop-floor workers — to the teaching of Vedanta to different levels of people. She teaches children, house-wives and other seekers, covering areas of prayers, Isvara, and the vision of Vedanta through Bhagawad Gita, Upanisads and other vedic texts. She has a special place in her heart for children who, in turn, adore her.
She lived in Arshavidyagurukulam between 2010 and 2013, and learnt the reality of self, the jagat and Isvara from one of the foremost teachers in modern times, Poojya Swami Dayanandaji.