Sri Vasudevacharya

Sri Vasudevacharya (previously Dr Michael Comans) is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the great contemporary teachers of Advaita Vedanta.  Sri Vasudevacharya studied under Swami Dayananda in a traditional manner from 1980 until 1983, firstly at the Chinmaya  Mission Ashram, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, in Piercy, California, and later in India at Rishikesh.  He returned to Sydney, Australia, in 1983 and completed his Doctorate in Classical Indian Philosophy at the Australian National University in 1987.  He then served as a faculty member in the Department of Indian Studies at the University of Sydney.  In 1995, he left university teaching to concentrate on the study and teaching of Vedanta.  In 1998 he received diksha from his guru with the name Vasudevacharya.  Since then he has been teaching the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads full-time to the general public.

Sri Vasudevacharya is the first person in Australia to have taught the entire Bhagavad Gita.  He commenced his first Bhagavad Gita Jnana Yajna in March 1996, at a function inaugurated by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and through regular weekly classes he concluded the eighteenth chapter in October 1997.  Since then he has taught the complete Bhagavad Gita at the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Sydney and on three other occasions in the course of his regular classes.  He is also the first person in Australia to have taught the major Upanishads: he has taught Isha, Kena, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Prashna, some chapters of Chandogya Upanishad and the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (Muni Kanda).

Sri Vasudevacharya has published a number of books and articles on Advaita Vedanta.  He has also composed a Sanskrit treatise on Advaita called Advaitapratibodha.

Sri Vasudevacharya has insight into the central teachings of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.  He is able communicate this vision simply and clearly.  He gives regular classes in Sydney and Melbourne and occasionally in Singapore and in India.  He has a number of devoted students, both Indian and Australian.