A Sanyasi who was once an IIT-IIM alumnus, and a Civil Servant

img_7852-2Prashant Tripathi, known as Acharya Prashant, was born on March 7, 1978 at Agra, India. Eldest of three siblings, his father was a bureaucrat and mother a homemaker. His childhood was spent mostly in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Parents and teachers found in him a child who could often be quite mischievous, and then suddenly, deeply contemplative. Friends too recall him as having an unfathomable temperament, often not really sure whether he was joking or serious. A brilliant student, he consistently topped his class, and received the highest commendations and prizes possible to a student. His mother fondly remembers how she was honoured several times as “Mother Queen” for the academic performance of her child. Teachers would say that never before had they seen a student who was as brilliant in Science as in Humanities, as adept in Mathematics as in Languages, and as proficient in English as in Hindi. The then Governor of the state felicitated him in a public function for setting a new benchmark in the the Board examinations, and for being an NTSE scholar.

The prodigal student was a voracious reader since he was five years of age. His father’s extensive home library consisted of some of the world’s best literature, including spiritual texts like the Upanishads. For long hours, the child would be tucked away in the most silent corners of the house, immersed in stuff that was meant to be understood only by men of advanced age and maturity. He would skip meals and even hours of sleep, and would be lost in reading. Before he had turned ten, Prashant had read everything that was there in the father’s collection, and was asking for more. The first signs of the mystical appeared when he started writing poetry at the age of eleven. His poems were imbued in shades of the mysterious, and were asking questions that most grown-ups could not grasp.

At the age of fifteen, after being in the city of Lucknow for many years, he found himself in the city of Ghaziabad near Delhi, owing to his father’s transferable job. The particular age and the change of city accelerated the process that had already taken deep roots. He took to waking at night, and besides studying, would often be staring silently at the night sky. His poems grew in depth, a lot of them devoted to the night and the moon(Read poems). Rather than academics, his attention started flowing more and more towards the mystical.

He continued to do well academically, and gained admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His years at IIT were full of exploration of the world, deep involvement in student politics, and performing as a debater and an actor in nationwide events and competitions. He was a most vibrant figure on the campus, a dependable student leader, and a soulful performer on the stage. He would consistently win debate and extempore competitions in which participants from across the country would compete, and would also win prizes for directing and acting in meaningful plays. In one of the plays – Jhapurjha, he got the ‘Best Actor Award’ for a performance in which he did not utter a word, and moved not a single step.

He had been sensing since long that there is something fundamentally amiss in the way most people perceive the world, the way our minds are conditioned to operate, and hence something amiss in the way the relationships between people are, the way the worldly institutions are designed, the way we relate to each other – basically the very way we live. He had started seeing that this faulty perception was at the root of human suffering. He was deeply disturbed by man’s ignorance and cultivated inferiority, the evils of poverty, the evils of consumption, violence towards man, animals and environment, and exploitation based on narrow ideology and self-interest. His entire being was raring to challenge the all-pervasive suffering, and as a young man, he guessed that the Indian Civil Services or the Management route might be an apt one to take.

He gained admission to the Civil Services and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the same year. However, because the service allotted to him based on his rank was not IAS – the service that he had wanted, and because he was already seeing that the government is not the best place where revolutionary changes can be brought, he opted to go to IIM.

The two years at IIM were obviously rich in the academic content he absorbed. But he was not the one who would confine himself to slogging for grades and placements, as is the norm in these coveted institutions. He would regularly spend time in teaching kids at an NGO that operated in a slum close to Gandhi Ashram, and would also teach Mathematics to graduates to earn to spend at the NGO. Besides, his angst at human ignorance expressed itself through theatre. He took up plays like ‘Khamosh, adalat jaari hai’, ‘Rhinoceros’, ‘Pagla Ghoda’, and ‘The night of January 16th’ and directed them, besides acting in them. At one point, he was directing two parallel plays. The plays were performed in the IIM auditorium to packed audiences from across the city, and some from outside the city. In the profit-centred and self-interest driven atmosphere of the campus, he had found himself an outsider. These existentialist and rebellious plays helped him vent out his anguish, and also prepared him for the bigger stage ahead.

The next few years were spent in wilderness. He describes this period as one of particular sorrow, longing and search. Looking for a piece of sanity in the corporate world, he kept switching jobs and industries. To gain composure, he would take time off and be away from the city and work. It was increasingly becoming clear to him that what he wanted to do, and what was crying out to be expressed through him, could not happen through any traditional route. His reading and resolve intensified, and he designed a leadership course for post-graduates and experienced professionals, based on wisdom and spiritual literature. The course was floated at some reputed institutions, and he would sometimes be teaching students elder than himself in age. The course met with success, and the way started becoming clearer to him.

At the age of twenty-eight, he bid goodbye to corporate life and founded Advait Life-Education for ‘Creation of a new humanity through Intelligent Spirituality’. The method was to bring a deep transformation in human consciousness. The initial audience chosen was college students who were offered self-development courses. Wisdom from ancient literature was taken to students in form of simplified texts and engaging activities.

While the work of Advait was great and received appreciation from all and sundry, there were great challenges as well. The social and academic system had conditioned the students to study to just clear examinations, and to have a degree to secure jobs. The self-development education, the education of the Beyond, the life-education that Advait was attempting to bring to the students was so new and so different from everything that they had ever read or experienced that it would often lead to indifference, and sometimes even hostility from the system. Often even the management body of the colleges, and the parents of the students would totally fail to grasp the utter importance and immensity of what Advait was courageously trying to do. However, amidst all these difficulties, Advait continued to do well. The mission continued to expand, and is touching and transforming thousands of students.

Around the age of 30, Acharya Prashant started speaking in his Shabd-yoga sessions, Samvaad, or clarity sessions. These were in the form of open discussions, essentially pure satsang. Soon it started becoming clear that these sessions were deeply meditative, brought the mind to a strange peace, and had a miraculously curative effect upon the pysche. Acharya Prashant’s voice and videos would be recorded and uploaded on the internet (links below). And soon this site too was developed to publish his writings and the transcriptions of his talks.

Around the same time, he started organising Self-awareness camps or Aatm-smaran shivir. He would take true seekers with him to the Himalayas, in groups of around 30 each, for periods of around a week. These camps turned out to be deeply transformational events and the frequency of the camps increased. Scores of camps have been organised so far providing immense clarity and peace in relatively short spans of time.

Acharya Prashant’s unique spiritual literature is at par with the highest words that mankind has ever known. He remains engaged sharing himself in the form of shabdyoga sessions, shoonya-smaran activities, self-awareness camps, and one-to-one meetings with the many seekers who visit him, from all parts of the world. He attacks the mind so vigorously, and simultaneously becalms it with such love and compassion. There is a clarity that radiates from his presence and a soothing effect from his being. His style is forthright, clear, mystical and compassionate. The ego and the falsenesses of the mind do not find a place to hide in front of his innocent and simple questions. He plays with his audiences – taking them to the very depths of meditative silence, laughing, joking, attacking, explaining. On one hand, he appears as somebody very close and approachable, and on the other hand, it is obvious that the words coming through him are from somewhere beyond.

The thousands of videos and articles uploaded by him on the internet are precious spiritual resources, available to all those who seek them. Personally too, he is  ever open to meeting sincere seekers of Truth. Today, the Advait movement has touched the lives of more than a million individuals. Through his direct contact with people, and through various internet based channels, he continues to bring clarity, peace and love to all.


CONTACT:

Shabda-Yoga Session: Acharya Prashant speaks in clarity sessions at Advait Sthal, Noida(U.P, India) as per the following schedule: Sundays at 11:00 am, and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

All are welcome. To attend the sessions, please confirm at +91-9999102998. Attend Clarity Sessions

Advait Learning Camp: The Learning Camps led by Acharya Prashant are rare and blissful experiences, giving one a unique opportunity to come close to the Saints, the Scriptures, nature, and in the process, to the Self. Held in the lap of the Himalayas, twenty-four Learning Camps have been held till now.

If you seek to participate in the camps, send an email to requests@prashantadvait.com, and/or call at +91-9999102998.

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108 thoughts on “A Sanyasi who was once an IIT-IIM alumnus, and a Civil Servant

    • Dear Rohan,
      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation!
      The reply to this comment is made by the volunteers of the foundation who maintain the blog.

      Glad to know that you are so inspired by the words of Acharya Ji. Share your contact details with us so that your meeting with the beloved Acharya Ji can be arranged.

      We are also glad to inform you that seekers from all over the world get connected with Acharya-Ji through the following offerings by the foundation:

      1. Meet the Master:
      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.

      To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      2. Advait Learning Camps:
      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
      So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.

      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661

      3. Course in Realization:
      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.

      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      4. Month of Awakening:
      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
      Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

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  1. Respected Parshant Ji.
    Sometime I feel you are talking which is very near to my mind and all is making clear the clouds of doubts regarding adhyatam. Your clarifications are really highly appreciable, However sometime I feel more learning more confusion and only silence is the real answer than why more efforts.Even than efforts are going on I dont know why. Perhaps I is the reason. What can I do.

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    • Dear Naresh,
      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation!
      The reply the comment is made by the volunteers of the foundation who maintain the blog

      Coming in the presence of Acharya Ji would be very beautiful for the clarity of your doubts.

      __________________________________________________________________________

      We are glad to inform you that seekers from all over the world get connected with Acharya-Ji through the following offerings by the foundation:

      1. Meet the Master:
      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.

      To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      2. Advait Learning Camps:
      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
      So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.

      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661

      3. Course in Realization:
      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.

      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      4. Month of Awakening:
      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
      Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

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  2. Thank you very much sir, By surfing internate I got your videos two month back, I am really enjoying, from there I am daily reading articles, videos . I purchased two books adwait and fear I am really thank ful to you for enlighting and giving clarity on real life issues. These changed my whole thinking and behaving pattern.I want to meet you sir.

    Once again thank you very much

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    • Dear Pankaj Vyas,

      Blessings from Acharya Ji!

      We are glad to share that now seekers from all over the world can get connected with the Master through various initiatives by the volunteers of PrashantAdvait Foundation.

      1. Advait Learning Camps:

      Advait Learning Camps, led by Acharya Prashant, are rare and blissful experiences, giving one the unique opportunity to come close to the forgotten saints and their scriptures, and live amid nature.

      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com
      For more details or queries, you may call: Sh. Anshu Sharma: +91-8376055661

      2. Courses in Realization:

      A Course in Realization, a classroom–based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world.

      Relevant sections from scriptures like Srimad Bhagawad Gita, Upanishads, Brahm Sutras, Ashtavakra Gita, etc. are studied in these courses to unpack the ancient mysteries contained in them.

      Sessions are conducted by Acharya Prashant himself at Advait BodhSthal, Noida.

      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com
      or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      3. Shabda-Yoga Sessions:

      Clarity sessions with Acharya-Ji are like the runways from where one takes-off to the camps. These sessions are famously known as Clarity Sessions and have been attracting genuine seekers of Truth since last one decade.
      They happen twice a week in Delhi-NCR. On all Sundays at 11:00 am and on all Wednesdays at 06:30 pm.

      For those who cannot attend Shabda-Yoga sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of these sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Blessings from Beyond (BFB), this facility helps seekers from across the globe listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com
      or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      4. Meet the Master:

      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either in person or online via Skype.

      To meet the Master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com
      Or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

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    • Dear Pankaj Vyas,
      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation!
      The reply to this comment is made by the volunteers of the foundation, who maintain the blog.

      It would be great if you could send your contact details so that we can arrange your meeting with Acharya Ji.

      We are glad to inform you that seekers from all over the world get connected with Acharya-Ji through the following offerings by the foundation:
      1. Meet the Master:
      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.
      To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917
      2. Advait Learning Camps:
      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
      So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.
      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661
      3. Course in Realization:
      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.
      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240
      4. Month of Awakening:
      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.
      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
      Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

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  3. hi
    Today i visit to your site and it is giving a good inspiration to us.
    Nice to see with very high education devoring life to advait tatwgyan
    bless me so my sadhana also get a movemrentum 9 I have taken shaktipat diksha from my guru )
    thanks ulhas

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    • Dear Ulahas,
      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation! This reply comes to you from the volunteers of PrashantAdvait Foundation who maintain this blog.

      It is great to see that the words of Acharya Ji are inspiring you.
      __________________________________________________________________________

      We are glad to inform you that seekers from all over the world get connected with Acharya-Ji through the following offerings by the foundation:

      1. Meet the Master:
      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.

      To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      2. Advait Learning Camps:
      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
      So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.

      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661

      3. Course in Realization:
      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.

      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      4. Month of Awakening:
      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
      Smt. Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      Shubhakankshi
      PrashantAdvait Foundation

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  4. Dear Ankit Anand,

    Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation!

    It is indeed grace that we are able to come closer to the words of Acharya ji. __________________________________________________________________________

    We are glad to inform you about the following ways through which the seekers from all across the world get connected with Acharya Ji:

    1. Meet the Master:
    Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.

    To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

    2. Advait Learning Camps:
    Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
    So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.

    To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661

    3. Course in Realization:
    Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

    4. Month of Awakening:
    For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

    To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
    Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

    Regards
    PrashantAdvait Foundation


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    Kundan Singh
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    PrashantAdvait Foundation

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    • Dear Sakshi,

      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation!
      The reply to this comment is made by the volunteers of Foundation, who maintain the blog.

      We are glad to inform you that seekers from all over the world get connected with Acharya-Ji through the following offerings by the foundation:

      1. Meet the Master:
      Meet the Master aka MTM is an opportunity to meet Acharya Prashant personally, either physically or online.

      To meet the master, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      2. Advait Learning Camps:
      Advait Learning Camps are monthly retreats organized by PrashantAdvait Foundation under Acharya Prashant’s guidance. These camps are about spending four days and three nights in the lap of nature, while reading, reflecting, learning and evolving.
      So far, scores of ALCs have been organised in places like Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Kainchi Dham, etc.

      To participate in the camp, write an e-mail to requests@prashantadvait.com, or call: Sh. Anshu Sharma at +91-8376055661

      3. Course in Realization:
      Course in Realization, a classroom-based learning program led by Acharya Prashant, is a humanitarian initiative towards disseminating clarity and intelligence in the world. In this course, a rigorous study of a scripture or a saint is undertaken each month.

      To join in, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact: Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      4. Month of Awakening:
      For those who cannot attend sessions physically, the foundation does online streaming of few selected sessions via Skype or Webinar. Known as Month of Awakening, this facility offers live streaming of sessions and helps seekers listen to Acharya-Ji while being where they are.

      To receive the blessing, send your application to requests@prashantadvait.com or contact:
      Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      Like

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