Acharya Arun Prakash has followed a many-fold eclectic path to become a proponent of not just yoga in the simple form that is understood most people today, but with the integrity that its founders intended it to be studied and practiced.
In a day and age, where mainstream India is gravitating towards Western views and lifestyles, he has managed to carve a place and command respect for an ancient Indian practice, the Sanskrit language and our ancient texts with his solid academic grounding and 16 years of professional practice.
He was exposed to the sounds of the Bhagavatham (Ramayana and Mahabharatha), recited by the late Pudpattitata to this mother while he was still in the womb. Everyone knows the stories of Abhimanyu and Prahlad who imbibed all of their learning from their mothers while not yet born, today modern science validates this knowledge as being highly influential.
A direct disciple of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji, Pejawar Mutt, Udupi, he began studying the vedic texts from the age of 8. After his “upanayanam”, he enrolled at Chidambarasharama Gubbi where he gained his Vedic education under various teachers—the late Sri Vidwan Surya NarayanaShastri (Rig Veda), Krishna Late Sri Ramachandra Rao (Yajurveda and Shukla Yajrveda). Under the Late Sri Shankar Bhat, he studied Shankara Philosophy including Bhajan-Bhagavatgeetha, Advitha.
He underwent Gurukula education at Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Banglore, where he spent seven years gaining insight and knowledge about the Samporna Rig vedasamhitaphata under the tutelage of Vidwan Vittala Acharya; Upanishad and TantraSaraSangraha under the tutelage of Dr.H.SatyanarayanaAchar; and most importantly, the Mahabharatha Tatparyanirnaya studying under Sri Sri Vidayaprasannateertha Swamiji and Pejwar Mutt Swamiji. In addition he studied four years of Paanini Vyakaranam and two years of NyayaShastra, and other subjects such as Kavya, Nataka, Pourhtyia, Purana and other traditional studies.
The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Deemed University), Tirupati awarded him the degree of BA Shastri, which covers English literature, Vedanta, Yoga and Meditation. He is the first student in the university’s history to have opted for this combination. Subsequently he was conferred the title of Shastravaridhi under a rigorous UGC programme, run by the Vidyapeetha.
Throughout the course of his vedic education, he had organized and worked as a faculty member for spiritual summer retreats for children and elders across the southern India, many of which have been chronicled in various Tamil, Kannada and English dailies. He has participated in the Samskrutha Bharathi-Aksharam teaching spoken Sanskrit, and was a live spiritual commenter on Srivenkateshwara Bhakthi Channel, Tirupathi.
He brings to his class and all his interactions a unique perspective acquired by reading original ancient Indian texts in the language of the Gods.