Who Is Aja?

"In the center of your Being is a Point of Space...
A Point which opens into Pure Awareness and Absolute Infinity."


Aja is a spiritual teacher. He teaches about Sanskrit and Spiritual Awakening. Currently, he may be found, most of the time, at his home, Barnashram, where he is available for counseling and spiritual mentoring for those who are sincere in their quest for Truth and Enlightenment.

If you would like to visit Aja, you are welcome. He no longer 'charges', however, that doesn't mean he is free. In all activities there should be reciprocation, an exchange of love (dadati pratigrhnati - guhyam akhyati prcchati) Reciprocation may be money, but  it can also be an offering of gifts, time, etc.  (Some clues:  massage, firewood, building materials, marigold plants, food stuffs, Bali Shag tobacco [blue can or pouch], administrative or secretarial assistance, computer work, healing work, farm or garden work, etc. Do you have a skill,  knowledge, or thing you'd like to reciprocate with - just ask.)

For contact see contact page




Allegedly was born in the phenomenal world - 1954

Lifelong deep and abiding search for Truth

Began regular meditation in 1972

Became a Hindu monk in 1974 and given the name Aja das (meaning servant of the Unborn) by his spiritual master, Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Ordained a Hindu Priest (Brahmana) 1975 and initiated into Gayatri Mantra by  his master in Vrndavana, India (Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya)

Began 'householder' life, marrying Abhaya in 1978 (resulting in 4 children - all currently grown)

Started Song of God Church 1980 (short lived)

Created Bhaktivedanta Society, Inc. in 1981 (a 501(c)3 non-profit religious organization)

Created Atma Institute as a dba of Bhaktivedanta Society 1984

Received a Doctorate of Naturopathy Degree from the International University in 1984

Through intensive Self-Inquiry "Woke up" to the direct recognition of Self as Absolute Consciousness - 1990

Completed Sanskrit Teacher Training through American Sanskrit Institute and given title Sanskrit Adhyapaka - 1990

Moved to current location, starting Barnashram in 1991

Given title  of 'Acharya' (spiritual teacher) by Sri Acharya Rajendra of Sriji Temple in Vrndavana, India - 2005

Currently living and teaching as a Vanachari (forest dweller) of sorts, at his home Barnashram.

"Official Name/Title" - Shri Aja das Acharya Vanachari Sanskritadhyapaka

Author -

    Daily Health in the Indian Ayurvedic System

    In This Moment - Teachings on the Nature of Consciousness

    Mantra - the Power of Sound (Book & CD)

    And other stuff