They say you teach what you need to learn -- Acharya Arun Gossai is a living, breathing example of that. Son of Leila Gossai and the late Shri Prakash Gossai, Arun’s own spiritual journey began in 2011 where, after working in finance for a few years, he felt an unyielding wish to study Vedanta -- the science of the higher Self.
He quickly nourished that desire by joining the Chinmaya Mission at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Ashram in Powai, Mumbai. He completed rigorous training of various scriptures including the Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Shrimad Bhagavatam and Ramacharitamanasa and returned to New York in 2013 to foster habits and practices with youth that encourage positive transformation to reach their potential.
Today, Arunji is the Spiritual Leader of Bhuvaneshwar Mandir, where he imparts the knowledge of Vedanta to all ages. He also facilitates seminars on stress and time management, public speaking, and meditation and yoga. He invites all to join these enriching and approachable classes as they not only encourage the beginner, but challenge the most advanced student to utilize their mind as a sacred space. When asked what he attributes his selfless nature to, Arun says, “I teach because it empowers others and myself to be better students of life.”
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Acharya Leila Gossai is the wife of Guruji Shri Prakash Gossai Ji and the mother of Acharya Arun Gossai Ji. Always interested in the higher pursuit of spiritual growth and development, Acharyaji decided to follow in the footsteps of her husband and son to the great land of India to join the Chinmaya Mission's 2 year residential Vedanta Course in 2014.
There, under the tutelage of Swami Bodhatmanandaji and Puya Swami Tejomayanandaji, she studied various texts on Vedanta which included the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahma Sutras and 93 other texts on Vedanta Philosophy, the science of the higher Self. Acharyaji graduated the course in 2016 and one of her goals is to introduce Vedanta to as many people as possible kindling the interest to find God within and to learn more about finding eternal peace in the process.
Bramchari Yogiji is a college student who has been studying vedanta with Acharya Arunji and Acharya Leilaji for over 5 years. He currently conducts puja, havan, deliver lectures and teaches other children and youth at the temple.