The Guiding Lights . . .

Sri V.Subrahmanian studied in Bengaluru and worked at the Reserve Bank of India.He took up the study of Advaita Vedanta comprising of the Prasthana Traya Bhashyams under Acharya Veda Brahma Sri D.S.Subbaramaiya (who authored the two-volume English book on Sri Dakshinamurthy Stotram published by the Sringeri Sharada Peetham). After retirement he engaged in the study and teaching of Advaita both online and in person. His blog Adbhutam has over a thousand of his articles on Advaita and allied topics. A list of his talks on Advaita mainly through the Advaita Academy can be found under the resources section.

Sri . HNLN Simha, (Lakshmeesha) hails from a traditionally orthodox family. He was given Vedic education at a very young age . Being academically brilliant he holds an M Tech from IIT Madras & he was an automation researcher at IISc before starting his vibrant career He was a disciple of Ved.Br.Sri D.S.Subbaramaiya, at Bangalore who taught Vedanta. Sri Simha is now conducting Krshna Yajurveda Parayana and Vedanta classes Online.. He has given discourses on Advaita at various meets including on Sri Dakshinamurti Stotram at the Sringeri Shankara MaTha, Bangalore. He is serving Vedanta Bharati as a Trustee.

Dr.Yogesh Joshi is an Asst.Professor in Sanskrit, a Researcher, Veda Adhyapaka & a noted Upanyasakara. He has Presented many research papers on Sanskirt & Shastra literature. He also worked as fellow member in Sanskrit Dictionary Project and Sanksrit - Pali Dictionary Project. He earned his Doctorate in Philosophy for A Comparative study between commentaries to Taittiriyopanishat of Sri Shankaracharya and Sri Madhwacharya. Currently Dr Joshi is a Veda Adhyapaka at Gangotri Veda Pathashala, Kalaburagi & Gulabarga University

Vidwanmani Vachaspati Shastri R Joshi studied Kavya & Sahitya under his Grand Father Pandit Prakanda Bhalachandra Shastri Ji, Rig Veda & Dharmashastra under his father Nyaya Choodamani Rajeshwara Shastri Joshi Ji and Nyaya Shastra, Shrauta Prayoga under Vidvat Pravar Devadatta shastri. He then studied Advaita Vedanta under Brahmashri Sri Mani Dravid Shstrigal & Mahamahopaadhyaya Sri Krishnamoorti Shastri Ji. He currently teaches at Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sankrita Pathashala Dharwad while pursuing PhD from Dharwad University. Shastri Ji is a regular at various Vidwat Sabhas across the country including Shringeri.

Sri Praveen R Bhat, a biomedical and software engineer in the past, studied Yoga and Vedanta among other Indian and Western philosophies at Shivananda ashram, Rishikesh. Later, he studied Sanskrit vyAkaraNa and Advaita Vedanta at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore. He has been teaching the same since 2015.

Sri K L Tejashankara Somayaji studied for 12 years at Sri Sadvidya Sanjeevini Samskruta Mahapathashala Sringeri (est by 33rd Jagadguru Sri Sachhidananda Shivabhinava Nrasimha Bharati Mahaswamigal in 1895). He was taught Tarka Shastra by Asthana Vidwan Sri M A Nagaraja Bhat. In 2019 he passed out as a Gold medalist in Sanskrit MA from Kuvempu University. He has authored a book called 'Tarkasaara' as an introduction to Tarka. HE currently works as an Asst. Professor teaching Tattva & Sanskrit at Ambika Mahavidyalaya, Puttur.

Sri Abhinand Sharma, a professional writer and a sanatani by heart, was introduced to sanatana tenets from a tender age.He learnt jyotisha at a young age and studied the Rigveda Samhitha with the Vedangas under stalwarts such as Vidwan Sri SV Shyamabhat, Vid Sri B Krishnabhat Rigveda Bhooshana Ved Bramhasri Dhali Lakshmi Narasimha Bhat, and Vid Praveen Bhat. He has studied Vedanta under the guidance of Vidwan Bramharshi V Subrahmanianji. He has also learnt basics of tarka and vyakarana shastras under the tutelage of erudite scholars. He currently works in the field of Learning and Development.Besides, he has translated and edited a few books related to life and teachings of Jagadguru Srimad Abhinava Vidyateeertha Magaswaminaha (35th Peethadhipathi of Sringeri Sharada Peetham). Sri Abhinand Sharma is a post graduate engineer. He has also studied chemistry at Masters level along with a degree in Law.

Manikandan Iyer, a financial crime specialist by profession, and a sanatani by practice, with Sharada's blessings has had the rare fortune of studying the shastras from a tender age. He also studied and continues to study Vyakarana from Vidwan.Sri.Tilak Rao. He traditionally started his Vedanta study under his Guru Brahmasri Sri Sridhara sharma. He has also had the rare fortune of learning vedanta from the most senior and respected vidwan in the vedanta circle Mahamahopadhyaya Shastra Ratnakara Vidwan Sri Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy shastri while continuing to learn under Brahmasri Sri Sridhara Sharma.He also has the rare fortune of studying tarka shastra from Vidwan Sri.Naveen Holla of sringeri (senior most disciple of the 36th pontiff of Sringeri Saradapeetham Mahasannidhanam Sri Sri Bharatitirtha Mahaswamiji)

Ashrith Sridhar, transitioning from a product manager to a software engineer, is currently studying computer science as a master's student in the United States. His familial roots lie deeply intertwined with the Sampradaya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, which has kindled a profound interest in Advaita Vedanta, specifically the Shankara Bhashya. This inclination towards spiritual enlightenment led him to become a devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. As a spiritual seeker, he aspires to tread the philosophical path delineated by Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada, enriching his life with the eternal wisdom of Vedanta.

Late Dr. M L Narasimha Murthy served at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha(National Sanskrit University, Tirupati) as Vice Chancellor & Senior Professor of Advaita Vedanta. He held a Doctrate in Adwaita Philosophy (Mahavakyartha Vicara) and was well versed in Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and English languages. He has authored several books in Sanskrit & English besides gracing many Vakyartha Vidwat Sabhas across the country. He played an instrumental role in the creation of this medium.

Sri PV Rajaraman epitomizes a rare fusion of academic prowess and spiritual dedication. He has a Master's in Computer Science, specializing in Natural Language Processing, currently serving as the Head of Department for Artificial Intelligence at the Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology. Simultaneously, Rajaraman has delved into the depths of spiritual wisdom, studying Nyaya and Vedanta Sastras under BrahmaSri Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal, showcasing his commitment to profound scriptural understanding. Noteworthy is his recognition with the Bhagavatha Bhaswan Brahmasri Anjam Krishnan Naboodiri Memorial Award, acknowledging his substantial contributions to spiritual studies. Moreover, his engagement in learning Hindustani music from Sri Ramamoorthy Rao, a disciple of Sri Bheem Sen Joshi, demonstrates his diverse interests in cultural and artistic pursuits alongside his academic and spiritual endeavors.