Visitors and Residents
For visitors and residents of Rio de Janeiro, interested in arranging a Vidya Mandir Study Center visit or participating in puja rituals and bhajans please see our events calendar (Puja and Festivities) or contact Vidya Mandir directly at:
(21) 98880-3256 | (21) 2287-2774
Gloria Arieira's translation and commentary of the Bhagavadgita has been translated into the English language and is available by India's oldest publisher of Indology books, Motilal Banarsidas, available at:
For further reading from the Tradition of Advaita Vedanta in the English language, please visit the site of the bookstore of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at:
Bhagavadgita e-book publication
Vidya Mandir Editora is proud to announce to the Bhagavadgita e-book publication of Padma Shri award-winning author and teacher, Gloria Arieira.
With her unwavering dedication to the original Sanskrit, Gloria Arieira unfolds the Bhagavadgita with resonate clarity, reverberating the tradtion of Advaita Vedanta.
Overcome by self-doubt, a great warrior collapses just before the immense battle on the plain of Kuruksetra, posing a question to his charioteer about what is best: to take action or to renounce it? It is as if there was an interruption in the epic story of the Mahabharata, which pauses dramatically for the dialogue between the teacher, Sri Krsna, and his disciple, Arjuna, which is known as the Bhagavadgita. This dialogue has been handed down as part of the oral Vedic tradition in an unbroken line of knowledge for more than 5000 years. Yet despite such antiquity, Arjuna’s questions remain just as relevant today, because the human sense of insufficiency and desire for fulfillment are timeless. Fortunately for Arjuna, and for all of us, the solution is also timeless. Sri Krsna teaches him the knowledge about the ultimate truth of the Self, the essential nature of the human being, covering the topics of dharma (appropriate action to fulfill what must be done) and yoga (to do so unmoved by the results of such action), while keeping a vision of Isvara (the Cause and the Order that is the Universe) in order to attain moksa, final liberation from the human sense of limitation. With an unwavering dedication to the original Sanskrit and to the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, Gloria Arieira unfolds the beauty and clarity of the message that is the Bhagavadgita, the very knowledge of the Self that removed Arjuna’s confusion, allowing him to rise to his feet once again.
Award Padma Shri 2020
Vidya Mandir is proud to announce that Gloria Arieira has been awarded one of India's highest civilian honors, the Padma Shri Award, on Republic Day 2020, for her pioneering Sanskrit and Vedanta Literature and Education in Brazil.